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A forum search for "South Africa" turns up this. I think ghettorider is there, and I would assume SA Biker, as well. Probably a couple more.





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A forum search for "South Africa" turns up this. I think ghettorider is there, and I would assume SA Biker, as well. Probably a couple more.





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i think I smith was from there as well.no my mistake Australia
 

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Hi Jacques



I also live in Cape Town and am the proud owner of one GL500 and two CX650E's. I used to be fairly active on the "old" forum until I accepted a 12 month working assignment in Nigeria which has reduced my biking activity to almost zero, although I read this forum's updates at least twice daily.



When I tried to reply to your post yesterday I discovered that my profile was no longer active on the "new" forum, so this morning I had to re-register.



Currently all 3 of my bikes are "moth-balled" until I complete my assignment and return home to Cape Town permanently in July 2011. Feel free to keep in contact and hopefully we can meet one day in the near future. I have a large amount of mechanical experience with CX's and have a fair amount of spare parts too, so hopefully one day we will be able to swap more than just CX stories and experiences.
 

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If memory serves there was a guy at the old Swedish BB. I think he called himself Gülleman(!).



He had one of the nicest looking red -81 standard models I´ve seen on picture. Absolutely mint! Seems he had it from new. Chances are he still has it. We swapped a couple of e-mails at the time, but that was many computers ago...



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Thanks man, I'd appreciate that.

I am going to be reading the PDF that I found in the wiki, tomorrow, from an old magazine, explaining the tear-down and rebuild of the engine. It looks like it's just what I'm looking for :)

I'd really like to meet some local guys though, so if there are any left/still riding their CX500s in the Cape Town area - get in touch!
 

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I am in Durban and am restoring a 1981 GL500 I - need some info if possible. - Eric.:)
Hi Eric, welcome to the forum! What kind of help do you need? Take a moment to edit your profile with your location and bike details *see link below*
Also below are some great help tips, most importantly the WIKI. In there you can download a free FSM, and there is a lot of great information in the rest of the WIKI.
 

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Hi, im looking for information on the amount of cx650e's in south africa At the moment as im trying to understand what i have as it is difficult to find anything for this model in south africa i had to make parts to get the motor back to 100% ithe bike is basically 95% original and love the V twin and oldschool i would like to get her back to factory original and would like to put the history with her for the future bike shows.

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I don't know how many CX650Es there are in SA (or even if they were officially imported) but the engine and drivetrain are similar to the GL650 so you should be able to find most parts. What did you have to make.

Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year (NOT year first registered if that's what your paperwork shows) 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 the Previous Owners may or may not have done 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). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) 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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I don't know how many CX650Es there are in SA (or even if they were officially imported) but the engine and drivetrain are similar to the GL650 so you should be able to find most parts. What did you have to make.

Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year (NOT year first registered if that's what your paperwork shows) 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 the Previous Owners may or may not have done 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). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) 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).
My mechanic is taking care of everything the motor is good im going to do the suspension and cosmetics, and go through all the parts and rubbers around the motor, i have done allot of mechanical work in the past, i am the 3rd owner and the bike is older then i am i just love the whole thing, i need to redo the forks as they compress to far down and need to recon the back original shock if i can, i have the factory shop manual for my bike and my mechanic is going nuts over everything i have and he has done a very good job i am getting her back in 2 weeks.
 
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