Monday, March 29, 2010

Donor Sled: Aquired.

A disturbing fact about my life is that, lately, there hasn't been much to write about.

My brothers, this should not be.

Hopefully, that is over now. Because I bought a motorcycle.

I've been thinking about one for a while now. Still not sure entirely why. Maybe a 1/3 life crisis. But here it sits, in my driveway...


So, it's a 1981 Honda CX500. At almost 30 years, it's a little bit scary how old it is, but it was a bargain! (Maybe when I turn 30 in a couple years, someone will be saying the same about me...)

One thing that really got me excited about this bike is the amount of enthusiasm still existing for it. It was a very unconventional design, with the V-twin engine mounted sideways and liquid-cooled. Also, this was Honda's first bike set up to use tubeless tires. So in many ways, it was a game-changer.

It's still very popular, and has a bit of cult status appeal because it was used very extensively by London motor couriers in the 80's. It has a reputation for being very reliable, able to take abuse, and practical for city traffic. Unlike most small bikes, many people outfit it for cross-country touring, as well. One version of this motorcycle was called the Honda Silverwing, and was basically a little brother to the Goldwing.

So I'm very excited about having one. I'm going to do my absolute best not to drop it, and I plan on maintaining it well so it will last me a long time.

Anyway, true to form, I have already had my first MISADVENTURE aboard this beast.

More on that next time.

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