1983 Honda CX650
Back in Australia again I picked up a shabby CX650
with no instruments and patched it up to be a decent touring and hack
bike. I'd had my fill of four-cylinder power and wanted the soul of
a v-twin. The CX was the best I could do at the time, and it wasn't
a bad choice.
poked some extra holes in the muffler ends to let the great 80-degree
sound out. It had nice torque, and the low gearing gave exceptional
off-the-line performance at traffic light squeezesbetter than
many bigger bikes. The handling was generally pretty good for a shaftie, but not helped by the longitudinal engine and heavy flywheel. I remember one or two tricky corners that sent me onto the wrong side of the road wondering where I'd gone wrong. Other faults included an underpowered
starter motor which let me down on many a cold morning, and a worn water
pump and seal. Rattly clutch springs were fixed with washers and some
tricky work with rivets and an oxy torch.
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