I did read about the chocolate cams in the old V's, that alone is a reason not to trust a used machine, aside from the fact that she's antique and requires unicorn droppings in exchange for replacement parts. Rats...
VF's of that era had a reputation for chocolate camshafts, which heavily damaged Honda's reputation for reliability at the time....
Yea, but the post-84 Magna's look like a harley mated with a disco DJ. An old VFR might be a good option, though. Ugly 80's styling, but not a bad as the Magna.
The result among others was the VFR750 in 1986 with gear driven cams. You can buy those for a song now and they're awesome bikes - even two up they're great, but you have a 16 inch front wheel.
Haha, ok, note to self, avoid XS's. I've read unimpressive things about the modern version (90' era) of the Kawi z-bikes, too, basically that they look like the original but otherwise fall short.
Don't know much about CB750's of the time, but my dad had a similar(ish) Yamaha XS750 when I was a teenager. The only thing that was excessive about it was how bad a bike it was.
Slow, handled like jello and brakes were poor. Tire sizes on these older bikes tend to limit choices of decent rubber too...
The galactic mileage numbers very likely applies to a CB750 as well, since even the 70's era straight-4 was a bulletproof design, and the simplicity of the air-cooled design is also appealing, should something need repair or rebuild. That's the kind of feedback I'm hoping for, I know a 90's CB won't be an SP2, or anything close to it, but soft handling and gentle (but adequate) braking combined with a comfy 2-up riding position are just what I'm hoping for.
Thanks so far, guys, keep it coming!
2006 Black Edition SP2
- Stickerless black...giggity
- Assorted stone chips
- Multicolor bug splats, updated weekly
- Custom boot scratches and crash marks on the tailpiece
- Scuffed bar weights & brake lever from asphalt acrobatics
- Road grime under the fender and tail
- Leo Vince exhaust
- Otherwise OEM, not gonna make BOTY any time soon
HOE-LEE SHEE-YIT, the TORQUE!!!