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rego is about $700 a year here, but it does include what is probably the best personal injury insurance anywhere.

a club plate (classic rego) is $70 or so a year for 45 days usage. plus club membership
 

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So I decided to fix my idle issue and sell the 440 and move on to something different. I've been researching different bikes I have had some interest in, cruisers, naked sports, heritage, etc... and found a deal on a street 750 here in town so I started looking at aftermarket stuff. While cruising for different pipe sound videos on youtube I came across this toolbag. Just had to share with you all. Talk about the laziest handle bar "upgrade" ever.

 

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Somebody is going to tell you this so it may as well be me :|
re: poor mans ace bars, turning the bars over is not a new concept, but usually people flip them left to right as well so that the bend at the wrist is not backwards.
 

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Somebody is going to tell you this so it may as well be me :|
re: poor mans ace bars, turning the bars over is not a new concept, but usually people flip them left to right as well so that the bend at the wrist is not backwards.
Right, I have done that myself, no shame in it IMO. But yea, just rotating the bars forward... I couldn't keep my mouth shut and lit him up in his video comments lol. I cannot imagine how much your wrists would hurt after about 20 minutes of riding like that.
 

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... I cannot imagine how much your wrists would hurt after about 20 minutes of riding like that.
Also increases the possibility of sliding off the bars or potentially causing injury should you ever experience an abrupt stop or front impact. Would be a serious hazard on a dirt bike, far less likely but not impossible to experience on street riding where it mostly just looks awkward as all hell.


lol I would normally give him grief for running loud pipes and then wearing ear plugs to make it tolerable for himself, that's almost like running up to somebody just to fart near them and then leaving.
 

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if you are going to buy a harley, buy a harley that matters: XR1200, Any Buell, hell even the newish sportster roadster are good options for people that like vintage and sport in their new bikes. for what used streets are selling for there are 100 different bikes I would rather have.
 

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if you are going to buy a harley, buy a harley that matters: XR1200, Any Buell, hell even the newish sportster roadster are good options for people that like vintage and sport in their new bikes. for what used streets are selling for there are 100 different bikes I would rather have.
I agree. I do want to ride one just for shits and giggles. I have been interested in seeing what that Rev X engine is loke
 

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Well I am going to look at an 82' CB900F today after work. Seller is asking $2100 obo. Add states that the speedo is inop, I am assuming that is due to the newer wheels not having proper pieces to run the speedo cable? If I buy the bike, I will be on the hunt for a set of original wheels. Anything I should look out for on this particular bike?

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every 1979-82 DOHC I suggest you check 3 things:

- starter clutch. They are failure prone and noisy when they go. not cheap to fix but there is an upgrade using parts from an R1

- Charging system. Reg/rect, stator, pulse generators and coils are all failure prone. All easily replaced and for the most part cheap. For the coil look for any "misfiring", for pulse generators look for sutumbles. and reg/rect and stator put a volt meter on it and look at charging from idle to redline.

- Timing chain: if unattended they can saw the block in half. Listen for any noisy ones.

Otherwise they are a pretty robust and strong willed bike. The 900's have a lazy throttle - the CV carb venturi are too big for the bike so the carbs are a little slow to react to fast throttle movements. Only will really notice it in city riding.

I am not so sure of that wheel swap. Normal swap with these bikes is cbr600 stuff because the rear axle is the same diameter which makes it 90% bolt on, the fronts usually swap to a hurricane 1000 F1 fork with brakes and cbr600 f2 wheel. This kawasaki stuff seems dodgy, esp the single disc conversion in the front - these are heavy bikes (almost 600 lbs) and need all the brake they can get.

Exhaust looks like a V&H sidewinder - watch for scraping on the right side.

Personally I've owned several of each 750, 900, and 1100, and the 900 is my favorite. It's fast, fun, solid feeling but doesn't throw a lot of heat like the 1100F and feels like the right amount of power (unlike the 750F).

With that corbin seat I would prefer a sport kit (honda factory rearsets sold only overseas). Know that she's a big girl and your wife ain't going to have an easy time hustling that pig iron around.

you can read about my brother's (my former) 1979 cb750F here:
https://www.caferacer.net/forum/general/22831-they-just-never-finished-they.html
 

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This one would be for me. Seller states that he has an original seat that goes with the bike as well. I want something in this size range. I also have a friend selling a 1980 GS850 for $1750, I know he is a good mech and the bike has been well maintained, just not sure its worth the $1750. Plus he has a windjammer and bags on it and I prefer the stock naked look on the old Gs's
 

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This one would be for me. Seller states that he has an original seat that goes with the bike as well. I want something in this size range. I also have a friend selling a 1980 GS850 for $1750, I know he is a good mech and the bike has been well maintained, just not sure its worth the $1750. Plus he has a windjammer and bags on it and I prefer the stock naked look on the old Gs's
All 850's are shaft drive. I don't know if that makes a difference to you, but it does to me. I had a GS850GL and I prefer my BMW's and Guzzi's shaft and my japanese fours chain. While I am a GS fan and a 3 time 8v 750 owner, I would take the 900 over a gs850 unless touring is your thing. I think $1500 is a fair price for any 850 but I don't know your market. I don't think I would pay $1750 for any GS850 in any condition but then again I sold my gs750 for $1800 - a super nice bike with lots of upgrades.

in my mind GS1000>CB900F>GS750=CB750F>GS850G, but I prefer sporting bikes and the 850 is more a naked tourer than a sport tourer.
 

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I am very torn on bikes, mostly because there are about 100 different bikes I want in my garage. I want a bike that is fun for me because about 95% of my riding is just me. But I also want something that will be comfy for he wife for that other 5% of the time we ride together.
 

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I am very torn on bikes, mostly because there are about 100 different bikes I want in my garage. I want a bike that is fun for me because about 95% of my riding is just me. But I also want something that will be comfy for he wife for that other 5% of the time we ride together.
The seat on the DOHC cb900f comes off with two bolts so it is easy to swap between stock and corbin. You DO NOT want your wife riding pillion on the corbin, She'll slide back on every take off, it will wrinkle the cover, and it's just not comfy. Put the stock seat on for those jaunts - its easy enough to switch. The wife and I used to go apple picking on my SOHC cb750 and that bike was tight two up with 50 lbs of apples in backpacks. my DOHC 750F was a limo by comparison, but she liked the GS750 pilion better because it was a king/queen style seat and I liked the engine better than the DOHC 750. I used to have a king/queen seat for the DOHC 750F so they are out there and frankly pretty cheap. Peg position is pretty good as well for both, but like I mentioned I would rather have the sport kit for the 900f and corbin seat which might make it uncomfortable for you two up with a regular seat.
 

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This is the 1980 GS850G my friend is selling for $1750, I haven't had a chance to go check it out yet but knowing Art it will be sound in the important areas.

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I went and looked at the CB900F last night, rode it for about 10 minutes. Forgot what it was like to ride with a bit of a hard-on lol. Overall I loved the bike, the Vance & Hines sounded beautiful and the bike felt well maintained. No concerning noises, or anything that was sending up red flags. Geeto said that they tend to be clod blooded, so I wasn't surprised that I had to hold the choke for a minute before it would stay idling. Acceleration from a dead stop was a bit sluggish, not much better than my 440. Overall I was really into the bike, only thing I would change would be to find some original wheels and try to get that speedo working again. I have to get my 440 sold before I can buy it, so hopefully the guy still has it.
 

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I would buy a cheap bicycle speedometer that uses magnets on the wheel before I would go backwards in brake or wheel tech on that 900F.

FWIW, almost all japanese motorcycles use the same speedometer ratio so if the Kawasaki front end has it's speedo drive it might be worth it to just get a kawi gauge and run that.
 

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I would buy a cheap bicycle speedometer that uses magnets on the wheel before I would go backwards in brake or wheel tech on that 900F.

FWIW, almost all japanese motorcycles use the same speedometer ratio so if the Kawasaki front end has it's speedo drive it might be worth it to just get a kawi gauge and run that.
Sounds like a reasonable idea. I found a few GPS based Speedo apps I can download on my phone and use a phone mount too. I hope to have this thing in my shop by the 1st of may
 

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Just sold my KZ440 to a kid for a little less than i was asking, but I felt good about it. Going to be his first bike, and he was as excited to buy it as I was buying my first bike. Hopefully the stars are lining up so I can get that CB900F
 

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Well I meet up with the seller of the 82' CB900F tomorrow evening and I'm putting a hold down on it, I'll be taking it home in the 1st.
 
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