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I got her running after cleaning all the gunk out of the carbs, installed an AGM battery and clean fuel in a remote tank.
Got to get a decent Gas tank on ebay and repair the rotten master cylinder and brake caliper.
I thought she would make a good stable mate for the 75 GL1000, 76 CB750 and 74 RD350!
My brother had one and I used to borrow it when my bike got stolen in the 80's back in the UK.

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You have a very lovely and shiney collection! My collection looks like I dug it up.
 
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Welcome to the forum. I guess I don't need to welcome you to to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around).
As you know, your "new" 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. I'm sure you 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) but a surprisingly large number of people don't realize that the original rubber brake lines should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes (= 5 or 6 years) too. (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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Thanks for the advise the Brakes have been stripped clean and ready for new internals waiting for brakecrafters to get stainless pistons back in stock. Tires always get replaced as well.
I have been surprised how plentiful spares are for the CX. Do you know if main and big end bearings are still available? I don't know if this bike will need them it has 30,000 miles on it.
 

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Hopefully you will never need the bearings. Every so often someone tries to convert ones from something else but I don't recall anyone ever reporting long term success.
 

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Hopefully you will never need the bearings. Every so often someone tries to convert ones from something else but I don't recall anyone ever reporting long term success.
Great same thing for my GL and CB they were both within service limits. BTW I have downloaded the Honda service manual from this site, its awesome. I promise not to cafe/chop or bob it ....
 

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When I replaced the GL1000 engine i had in my GL1100 for a couple of decades I had the "new" engine apart (long story, bent rod, luckily the one I bought on eBay had the right weight and bearing codes and my bearings were in spec) and jumping back & forth between chapters of the GL1100 FSM while putting it back together made me really appreciate how particularly well written and laid out the FSMs for the CX/GL500/650 are.
 

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Nice stable of rides mate! Welcome.
Ditto....nice collection..

Just missing a sandcast 750, black bomber 450, original CUB......and a CBX ....when retirement comes thru..😉

No not that lucky...just my bucket bike list.....

I wont go to my euro list....Munch mammoth ..
Bmw R90s etc.....
 

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Ditto....nice collection..

Just missing a sandcast 750, black bomber 450, original CUB......and a CBX ....when retirement comes thru..😉

No not that lucky...just my bucket bike list.....

I wont go to my euro list....Munch mammoth ..
Bmw R90s etc.....
All the bikes have some significant memories for me the CB750 was financially way out of reach (paying for myself to go to college). I had a friend who's older brother in his 30's living with his parents had one, I just dreamed of having one. The RD350 was because I had one stolen from college and the thief dumped it in a river to be fished out days later, the insurance scrapped it and with the payout I could only afford a used CB200. The GL1000, again I used to look at them from afar and only dream one day of owning one. The CX500 because my brother had one, and he used to tour Europe on it, I used to borrow it when my bike broke down. None of these will be for sale too much of my time went into reconditioning them, my kids will have them when I am gone.
 

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original CUB......and a CBX
I'm wanting the CT90 (would probably settle for the new 125 though) and the CBX is only a pipe dream. With the right pipe & tune those things sound like an F1 car!!! I wouldn't want to work on the 6 carbs & associated valves though...
 
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I'm wanting the CT90 (would probably settle for the new 125 though) and the CBX is only a pipe dream. With the right pipe & tune those things sound like an F1 car!!! I wouldn't want to work on the 6 carbs & associated valves though...
Mine somewhat of a pipe dream as well....
Especially that Munch!

Ahummm....back to original post....nice collection...and if the bikes are the models op desires..best ridden and not hidden.....enjoy..
 

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Mine somewhat of a pipe dream as well....
Especially that Munch!

Ahummm....back to original post....nice collection...and if the bikes are the models op desires..best ridden and not hidden.....enjoy..
I try to get them out at least every day March to November.
 

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I finally got a decent gas tank after three attempts from ebay. I did a quick paint job in 94 degrees and 80%humidity, just to see what it looks like in red. I put on ace bars and have now renovated the handlebar switches. Fork legs have been polished (not in this photo), I was surprised that the chrome fork tubes were in such good condition no rust :)
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