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Hello, I am riding a bobbed GL650 to work and back and find it to be a nice, reliable machine that also gets a lot of "I used to have one of those" comments while out and about. I have taken it on a few 500 plus mile road trips here in British Columbia
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. It's got about 30,000 miles on it. Anyway just thought I would introduce myself before I start posting a few questions.
 

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The riding and some banter..like "i used to have one of those"....helps things along.

Give the bike the respect/maintenance it deserves...they are generally bullet proof...
 

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'84 CX650E that is evolving into a GL500
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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). It looks like your bike still has the original rubber brake lines, which should have been replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes (= 5 or 6 years) so I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).
 

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The GL650 is a great bikes. I don't know you bikes history, but with the auto chain tensioner and you milage at 30k, you need to check your cam chain life to see where you stand on that. Always have a full charger 220 cca battery, it is hard on the starter clutch if not.
 
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