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Hello Board, once again I need your help and/or honest opinions.



I have two '81 GL500s. One has some rust on the frame and needs a timing chain but runs great. The other is in better condition but doesn't handle or run as well as the other. It doesn't need a timing chain but makes alot of engine noise after riding awhile.



What's the biggest differences between the GLs and an '83 CX650C non-turbo ?



I like the GLs for the ride and room but I like the "GUZZI" look of the CX. One thing I'm perplexed with is none of them have dual brakes. The CX does have a dual piston caliper. Will that make it stop any better? I haven't ridden it yet so I have to ask.



I'll be going to test ride it this comming weekend. It's pretty cold blooded but fires right off after it's warmed up. THE BIGGIE... is $500. a good price for the CX650 ?



One last thing, the guy with the 650 said he let his brother ride it and he crashed it in a minor slow speed fall- down because the steering lock had popped out and locked the steering while in a slow left turn. I tried to get it to pop out but it won't lock now. The locking tab in the lock looks like it might have sheered off. The tab on the frame is in tact. Have any of you heard of/had this steering problem ?



As luck would have it all he did was scarf up the brake handle and bars a little.



Thanks for your help,



Dan
 

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Thanks guys, I have alot to consider. The price is great @ $500. I'm sure. As I said, the damage seems to be nothing but a few scrapes with no sign of a hit, even the brake handle survived. Thanks Jonathan, the "tab" which looks "broken" is the one inside the lock that goes in and out with the key. The tab on the headstock is intact. I was just curious about these bikes having any history of steering locks failing like this.



I do enjoy long rides on the interstate on the interstate so I'm not sure I'll be completely happy with a "sporty" model. By "interstate I mean either of my GL500i's. I'm thinking I'll do the timing chain on the one and use it as the main ride.



My thanks to the board moderators and to you members for the help I've found here, glad to be a member.



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Nope.... I have two 1981 GL500 silverwings and neither has dual front brakes. I've read comments from people who do have duals and they all said "Oh, what a difference". I'd like to be able to say that as well since locking the front wheel just isn't a possibility even if I wanted to. I use the front brake for about 90% of my braking.



I was impressed with the photo display of the supertanker and thought the CX650C would be a fun ride with a larger tank. It had me thinking maybe a tank from a Bandit or such would fit. I like that some of you think it's a good bike and that the dual piston single brake will be better than the GLs.



I'm the lone holdout amongst the people I ride with. One group is into super cruisers like the big concourse etc. and the other group in into BIG bikes such as Honda, Suzuki and harley running 1500cc's and up. I like the way the Twisted V's ride, run and sip gas not to mention that I don't believe in debt and won't spend more for a newer, bigger bike than what I have in my pocket. Seems a Twisted 650 would fill the bill. Has anyone done interstate trips on one ? I like to use the GL500i for 200-300 mile days.



Again, Thank You All for so much great info....
 
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