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I'm new to the CX but not to Honda motorcycles.
I've joined up to help familiarize myself with the CX and especially the 500 turbo that I was gifted.
The bike has been apart for a few years at a friend's shop and now, I'll blow it apart, powder coat the frame and reassemble with fresh nuts and bolts and other parts to put it back to a very nice, condition. As I've done with many other bikes.

I'll be tagging-in, asking questions as needed.

I'll also be selling some spare engine parts and maybe even a spare CX500 (1981) motor along the way. (school bikes).

Happy to be here.

Stay tuned!

J.R.
 

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Welcome, It will be an interesting thread!!!!
 

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Welcome to the forum and welcome to our corner of 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. You probably know to 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 lines, which should have been 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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Bob, Thanks for the info but not necessary. I'm VERY active with CBX's and DOHC 4's. SME in those fields. Been a certified master tech in everything that rides the roads since certification started in '78. Local college automotive instructor. Randakk certified carb rebuilder, dealer for Spiegler brake components, etc.
Not to say I know everything, every day I learn something new. I'll be tagging in for help from time to time.
One of the most important things I tell students is to recognize when you're over your head and seek help.
The bike came with 2 FSM's and locally, I have Nick Clew on speed dial.
Appreciate the welcome,
J.R.
 

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So CBX...are you currently a Spiegler dealer? Asking for a fiend...Oh OK, it's me.
 

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Yes, I am.
I've been a dealer for about 15 years and can offer a 10% discount from retail as posted on their site.
(Frankly, I'm still learning the navigation on THIS site so folks can just hit a button to send a direct email to me rather than PM. But, we'll work that out).

The main benefits of Spiegler lines are:
DOT approved
14 colors of lines and fittings
Custom made for you, anything is possible
(High bars, short bars, 2 lines from the master, jump over, whatever)
They offer fat grommets that can be added during assembly to hold the line in position to the stock Honda clips.
AND - the fittings can be rotated for your desired "clocking" on both ends.
Fast delivery, orders usually ship the same day.

Check out what they have here and get back to me:
Spiegler:
 

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Yes, I am.
I've been a dealer for about 15 years and can offer a 10% discount from retail as posted on their site.
(Frankly, I'm still learning the navigation on THIS site so folks can just hit a button to send a direct email to me rather than PM. But, we'll work that out).

The main benefits of Spiegler lines are:
DOT approved
14 colors of lines and fittings
Custom made for you, anything is possible
(High bars, short bars, 2 lines from the master, jump over, whatever)
They offer fat grommets that can be added during assembly to hold the line in position to the stock Honda clips.
AND - the fittings can be rotated for your desired "clocking" on both ends.
Fast delivery, orders usually ship the same day.

Check out what they have here and get back to me:
Spiegler:
I will be in touch! I need a slightly custom setup for my single caliper front on my 78 project. Thanks for the info!
 

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I'm new to the CX but not to Honda motorcycles.
I've joined up to help familiarize myself with the CX and especially the 500 turbo that I was gifted.
The bike has been apart for a few years at a friend's shop and now, I'll blow it apart, powder coat the frame and reassemble with fresh nuts and bolts and other parts to put it back to a very nice, condition. As I've done with many other bikes.

I'll be tagging-in, asking questions as needed.

I'll also be selling some spare engine parts and maybe even a spare CX500 (1981) motor along the way. (school bikes).

Happy to be here.

Stay tuned!

J.R.
I have a CX500 Custom and I’m moving to Ferndale in February though I’m not bringing my bike until spring/summer. We should ride!
 

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Hit me up when you get here.
I want to organize a few Thursday nights (metric bike night) in Royal Oak this next year.
 

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Hit me up when you get here.
I want to organize a few Thursday nights (metric bike night) in Royal Oak this next year.
Cool, I will! Will you be working on it throughout the winter? I did some restoration stuff on mine (mainly carburetor cleaning and syncing with a friend and other easier maintenance things) but I want to learn more.
 
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