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Hi gang-

This was the best forum I could find on good discussions/tips on vintage motorcycles. Previously owning a SV650 and riding a Monster for quite some time, I decided to sell and look for mid-70's Japanese bikes. I like the cafe racer style of bikes along with the "culture" that goes along with it. Seattle has a few vintage Japanese shops and neighborhoods/bars/etc that have adopted the "lifestyle" with it. Quite honestly, I just like the way these bikes look. Streamlined, simple, and some can be quite beautiful.

My question is, though, that I found what seems to be a 1975 Honda CB500T in very, very good condition. 70's Japanese bikes in Seattle are extremely hit and miss to find. It has just over 3K miles, no leaks (as of now), literally no rust, started with the kick start cold first time, etc for 2K. It could be done cheaper as a project but that's not what I want. Now, why does the internet and even places in this forum "hate" CB500Ts?? Are they truly mechanically terrible or do people just think they are ugly? I'll put some lower bars on it and call it good. Will I race? Never. It's a city bike for me. I have a feeling that the answer will be just buy what I want but I'm just double checking that I'm not getting a lemon of a bike.

Of course, all info is appreciated. Thanks!
 

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quote:Originally posted by joe c

yeah, matt, your comparing apples to oranges. hes talking about the twin.

the 450 was the better of the 2 even now.

goog finds this one right off the bat.

http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2658202850084913687UZUGCk

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You say that the 450 is "better" and this is what I read here but nobody really says why. I'm a newbie, not a purist, is this bike mechanically worse? Will I kick myself for not finding parts on the things that will inevitably go wrong?
 
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