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Hello all... I'm new to the forum and have a 1980 cx500C...or a D, lol, I'm not sure. I've looked at alot of different pictures on the internet and haven't been able to determine which. Are there any easy distinquishing characteristics? I can post some pics tomorrow. I have had it about a year, and love to ride it. It needs a little TLC to make it a little more safe (brake work, new tires), and I'm wondering I should put more money into it, or sell it and get a newer bike with less old age issues. Lol...oh the dilemas we face!
 

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First of all, welcome to the forum. I hope you become a long standing member of the family here that's been building over the years.



Second, congratulations on choosing such a fine bike.




OK, these are pictures of my bike and my sons. So if you want to know if it's worth it to invest in them, my answer is yes. I have 7 variants of these bikes at the moment.



This is the style of a Standard or Deluxe. Plastic cowling for the headlight and gauges, large gas tank, plastic rear fenders with tail light molded in, comstar steel spoke rims, and usually a plastic grill cover. Mine has been changed to the custom or Deluxe style that have the aluminum side plates.





THis is an example of a custom model. Chrome headlight bucket and separate chrome gauges, smaller tank, chrome rear fender, different style side covers and reverse aluminum comstar rims.





There are a few other differences but this give you an idea of what you have.
 

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Thanks for the reply. My bike actually has the chrome headlight and gauges, but a plastic rear fender and radiator cover. My Comstar wheels don;t look like the custom in your pictures. i will include a pic tomorrow and hopefully we can get it identified!
 

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It sounds like you have a 79 Deluxe model. They had what your describing. Look forward to the pictures.

I have a habit of polishing everything. The rims started out black on the custom and anodized on the Std 78.
 

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I have a lot of rust spots my chrome. any tips on getting rid of that without having everythinf rechromed?
 

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Yea, 0000 steel wool does wonders for cleaning chrome. Lets see how bad it is first with the pictures. It does sound like a deluxe though. I guess I just said 79 because I'm building one of those.
 

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I just bought a hondaline luggage rack off of ebay for about $5.00. It has some pretty good rust, and I was thinking chrome paint, lol. Is this a no no?
 

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Again, it depends on how deep it is. If it has blistered up the chrome where it's seen then steel wool may not take care of it all. But it will help. Some guys use Evaporust to remove rust on their chrome parts. It works well and also adds a protection to the bare metal. But with some parts it's just not going to do the trick. It may be why you got it for $5.
 

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Lol...you may be right. It was up for auction...I saw it, and it only had 2 other bidders...I'm a swooper inner at the last ten seconds kinda guy. I have pics now...just have to figure out how to post them.
 

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Do I have to save the images to another online site? I can't figure out why it wants an URL when I click on the add imagae icon. It doesn't open up a browse option.
 

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hmmmmm...don't know why all of the other images didn't load from photo bucket.
 
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