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post #1 of 35 Old 11-05-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Forget 08 vs older KLR's

Thanks to the genius move of stripping my oil drain when doing an oil change I have had the opportunity to become reacquainted with my old ride, a 73 Honda CB450. Love that bike, but since I got my 08 KLR it has been kind of...hmm...not ridden much. So here are some observations/comparisons:

The KLR has:

1) Brakes...very nice.
2) Wind protection for the hands...god, my hands are cold.
3) The ability to accelerate.
4) A headlight that actually illuminates the road.
5) The ability to start without ten minutes of making love to the choke.
6) Wind protection for the legs (see #2)
7) How would I put it....it doesn't feel like it is going to fall apart?
8) My undying appreciation.



Seriously though, we have come a long way in 35 years.




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Indeed we have come a long way. I had a '72 CL 450 orange/black. Used to mount a knobby and go hill climbing with it, haaaaa! Back in the day it was pretty advanced....DOHC, torsion bars instead of valve springs to reduce valve float at high rpm (what was the redline, i've forgotten?), that double leading front brake shoe arrangement. I remember once trying to keep up with a pals Z-1 900 (which I later bought) on the pacific coast highway frantically trying to slow down to enter a curve and the brakes just went away nearly putting me over a cliff and into the sea. I also remember going out to Irwindale dragstrip on Wednesday nights and regulary beating the harleys of the day.....they hated that.

Post some photos, it'd be a blast to see your CB. I only had one photo of mine with me as a young thug doing a smoky burnout but my ex took it......

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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hmmm...photo?

I don't know how to post a photo, but I've got some good pics if someone can tell me how to do it. The computer is a mystery to me.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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Ok, this is a first for me. I googled this image and saved it to my computer then opened VB Image Host from the top of this page / upload an image. Follow the prompts to upload. Opened VB Image host / My images. Then copied the URL into the Insert Image icon in Quick Reply.
Is there an easier way guys? Seems like a copy and paste into message would be too easy?


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Create an account at photobucket.com then upload your pictures to there. Once uploaded, have the forum open and your album on photobucket opened. You then find the pic you want to post and click on the IMG option under the picture, this copies it, then here in your post you just right click and paste. Do a preview of your post and make sure the pic posted correctly. I also found out you can adjust the size of your pictures uploaded to photobucket, I use the 1024x768 option on photobucket, this makes a really nice big picture to see. Make sure to have the size option set before you upload. Hope this helps...

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Me and the Honda on HWY 1






"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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For what it is, very nice!!! Looks showroom. Have you had it since it was new, restored it, or what? I forgot the later models came with a disc brake up front. Mine was like the one pictured in the previous post with standard shoes up front. The disc had to be a great improvement.
The VFR in the background really illustrates the advancements 35 years can make. Nice shot.
You have me thinking of a retro project such as the CL 450 or maybe a H1 500, a rocket in those days.
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I got the bike about 3 years ago. It is pretty much stock. It was owned for a year ('73) by a woman in Arizona. She died and her Dad kept the bike in the garage for 30+ years. It has barely any rust because it was stored well. Still had the original brake pads. It runs great. Not as fun as the KLR. I'm planning on selling it.

A little backstory. The bike is 5 years older than me. When I was 11 or 12 I learned to ride on my Gpa's rebel. He also had a big Hog as did a few of the guys on that side of my family. My Dad had a bultaco and a kawasaki when he was younger. I never liked harleys, but I was OBSESSED with the older (late sixties, early seventies) british bikes. Once I realized I would never be a good enough wrencher or rich enough to own a nice old bonneville, I decided I would get a CB450. I hunted this one down. I wanted mostly stock, low mileage...I put a lot of miles on this bike...or did, til I got the KLR. I was riding scooters at the time. Sold my moped (sweet old Puch). Sold my scooter. And now I'm gonna sell the Honda. And it is gonna hurt bad, but I just had a baby. And she's way prettier.

So, yeah, I wanted that bike for half my life. At least I got to ride it for a while.

Let me know if anybody wants to buy it. It's the shit.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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I had a 79 honda cx 500 for about a year. Nice road riding bike! It had the pistons coming out of the side of the bike and it did a nice job of keeping your legs warm. A head gasket gave way and I sold the bike. That was one nice bike even though it was old. I had to braze the gas tank and the electric went out on me a couple of times but that was one nice riding bike.
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It's drop-dead gorgeous, that's what it is. What a find!

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