1980 CX500 Custom
Just wanted to say hello. looks like I will be getting my hand on a 1980 CX500. Hoping to be able to get some advise cause I am new to this model. Thanks
Thank you very much for you help!
I will look into both putting my bike so everyone can see and down load that manual. It might take me a bit because computers are my weakness. Thank you for your advise! JasonWelcome to the forum. Please add your location and (once you have it) 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). The bike you are looking at is about 4 decades old and no matter how good any bike that old looks it is likely that a Previous Owner may have missed some 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). 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).
(This is good advice for anyone buying any used bike, even if it isn't an antique)