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Old 02-08-2006, 05:18 PM   #11
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Default Re: Honda CB550F Project Bike, Part 1

If anyone else wants a project bike I've got an '84 Magna that I'd be more than happy to let go for $400.



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Old 02-08-2006, 05:42 PM   #12
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Wonderful, so like humans...
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Old 02-08-2006, 06:57 PM   #13
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I couldn't have sayeth it better myself!
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:00 PM   #14
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Default Couldn't find the stickers...

But I have some "Chiquita" stickers from breakfast.



I also have a pair of vintage Progressives that I might send to Aftershocks for a rebuild. Stay tuna-ed.
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:03 PM   #15
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:37 PM   #16
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I really don't need this. I've had my eye on an old Honda, I think it's a CM250. I drive by it every day as it sits in snow and sleet and darkest night. I see it and in my minds eye I see 'vintage cafe bike'...After reading this, I may have to take a closer look.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:34 AM   #17
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Default All the bikes in all the towns in all the world......

And he had to walk into this one. Dear oh dear oh dear. The curious preferences in shoot-outs, the idiosyncratic comments in the name of "objective journalism", refreshing new logic which exposes the shallow received wisdom of other publications. All becomes clear. It isn't bias. It is just that when it comes to motorcycles you are, how shall we say, tone deaf. Could one of you over there just creep over to Gabe's place one night, lob the Honda in the ocean, and replace it with something that after hundreds of hours of toil, blood and sweat will be worth owning.
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:00 AM   #18
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Why would you want to do that to somebody? Sell it to Bin Laden. That should punish him enough.
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:08 AM   #19
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Fantastic story! I can identify with GabeÂ’s frustration as the beaten owner of a Honda heap calling itself a VFR700. The bike was running fine before I decided to upgrade to a Works shock, but now it has magically spread out into about five different piles in my driveway.



In order to get the shock to drop down on the first-gen VFR you have to remove the exhaust, but in order to remove the exhaust you need to take out the coolant overflow, battery, engine mounts, coils, etcÂ… by the time youÂ’re ready to tackle the exhaust itself you realize thereÂ’s about 1mm of room for a socket and you would have to be Plasticman or a Keebler elf to get to the header bolts. ItÂ’s enough to make me urn for a Buell. At least then IÂ’d be working on a new bike with parts that arenÂ’t fastened together by 20 years of rust.



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Old 02-09-2006, 03:23 AM   #20
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The 70's! A delightful time when men were men and clothes were awkward.



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Wish I had a can of Billy Beer to swill while I read this. Have fun, Gabe! I know I am.
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