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Hello all! Midwest forum been quiet, what y'all been up to, other than the obvious? Waiting for my new 1983 cx 650 to be delivered, along with warmer weather. Paul
 

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Greetings,
Just registered as a new member Last week purchased a 1982 Silverwing, I was super excited to find one close to the Twin Cites (Amery WI). Love the bike but do have a question for folks - the '82 is a 500cc and it rev's pretty high at even modest highway speeds (5-5.5 rpm), does this seem right? If I would have landed a '83 650cc would this be different?
Thanks in advance for any input
 

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The GL500 runs about 5500 rpm at 60 mph, so yours sounds normal. The CX650 would feel somewhat more relaxed.
 

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Welcome, Hilmar!
Where are you in the Twin Cities? You just missed the 14th Annual Spring Ride and Barbecue, and a chance to meet some of the local cohort.
The twisted twin engines are short stroke, high revvers. What you describe is normal, but after 15 years on my CX500, I still look for 6th gear. The 650 is geared just a touch higher, but the 500 engine runs smoother. I reach for 6th gear on my GL650, too.
 

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Welcome, Hilmar!
Where are you in the Twin Cities? You just missed the 14th Annual Spring Ride and Barbecue, and a chance to meet some of the local cohort.
The twisted twin engines are short stroke, high revvers. What you describe is normal, but after 15 years on my CX500, I still look for 6th gear. The 650 is geared just a touch higher, but the 500 engine runs smoother. I reach for 6th gear on my GL650, too.
thanks to both of the insights, I think I'll ride it awhile and see if I settle in. I'm in St. Louis Pk/Minnetonka area. I was so bummed to see I missed the rally last weekend, would have loved the chance to get meet folks.
 

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Let me know if you want to take a spin on the 650. They both have their strong and weak points, but for now at least, I prefer my 500.
 

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Don’t worry about the high rpm’s with these motors. It is good for them to be in the higher rpm range. They will run all day at 7000 rpm’s and do it happily.
 

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Let me know if you want to take a spin on the 650. They both have their strong and weak points, but for now at least, I prefer my 500.
Let me know if you want to take a spin on the 650. They both have their strong and weak points, but for now at least, I prefer my 500.
When I am slow in the curves and chasing you on the straights, I prefer my GL650. :). But I plan on riding the GL500 next annual ride!
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IMO, the 500's love to spin the rpm's. Found a local, 2 miles from me, '80 cx 500 last Sept., sold the gl500, love the gl's, but the cx's are shiny!
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Let me know if you want to take a spin on the 650. They both have their strong and weak points, but for now at least, I prefer my 500.
That is an unbelievably generous offer, I don't feel I can take you up on it until I have given my 500 a fair shot, it's just been too darn hot to enjoy the ride!
 

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IMO, the 500's love to spin the rpm's. Found a local, 2 miles from me, '80 cx 500 last Sept., sold the gl500, love the gl's, but the cx's are shiny! View attachment 208293
Like the shiny chrome fenders.
Folks who were on the ride. What was the handle/name of the guy with the shiny CX650C?

Thanks!
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I really like CX's, but do prefer little to no chrome. I'm not a fan of polishing, I'd rather be riding.
 

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I really like CX's, but do prefer little to no chrome. I'm not a fan of polishing, I'd rather be riding.
Lets say, to be more exact: I prefer metal over plastic. It is why naked GLs are prefered over Interstates. I wish the tail cowls and side covers were more durable. The Trunk doesn't bother me too much. I have one on my GL500 and think of it as my "Delivery Bike." I had a folding table and chair in my roll top duffle on my pillion of the GL650 for the ride (I thought, if I ate lunch outside they'd be handy but I ate in air conditioning instead) and the duffle gave similar back support as the trunk on the pillion.

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concerning naked gl's over the cx's, I like the bigger tank, tail cowl is handy, I swear they have a touch higher final drive ratio, really like the transistorized ignition. But the cx's are shiny.
 

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I think the naked GL is a beautiful bike, but the taller seat on the CX Standard fits me best. I need to add seat height to my GL650.
 

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Both the GLs and the Interceptor feel like they were made to fit me. The GLs seat is nicer for a long ride, but I think the pegs right under the rider on the Interceptor is easier on my legs. I am going to put some drop down pegs on the engine guards like what was on the CX650C for stretching.
I think the CX foot peg location is similar to the Interceptors, maybe a tad more forward? People new to the Interceptor complain about wanting to put their feet down right where the pegs at. When you keep your right foot on the brake, it is never noticed.
 
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