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Club Cafe' Cafe Racers; the Thruxton and other custom cafe styled bikes.

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My wifes first bike was this 1979 KZ650...
I paid $1100.00 for it three years ago...
She rode it for a year and then traded it in for a white Bonneville...they gave us $1000.00 for it as a trade in...
It was a great starter bike and had plenty of balls for the highway...

Good luck...be sure she has all the gear she needs and ride with her alot so she can get some good miles under her belt...have fun...

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think that the honda would be perfect for the girlfriend. Cafeing it out is such a matter of personal taste that you are unlimited in what you do.It is light enough to be easier to handle.you can always upgrade down the line.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Price sounds good especially if they've done well with the restore.


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Old 11-22-2012, 08:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My wifes first bike was this 1979 KZ650...
I paid $1100.00 for it three years ago...
She rode it for a year and then traded it in for a white Bonneville...they gave us $1000.00 for it as a trade in...
It was a great starter bike and had plenty of balls for the highway...

Good luck...be sure she has all the gear she needs and ride with her alot so she can get some good miles under her belt...have fun...

Great bike TIE, here's my sons 78.

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If you've not experienced a Honda CB before, they are great bikes.. The 450 might actually be a better bike than the CB750 for your GF, depending on her size- and it sounds like she is already used to a smaller, easy handling Rebel 250. The 450 would be lighter, easier to manuver at slow speed, and less imposing than a bigger 4 cylinder.

What I hear is, back in the day, the CB450 was the rocketship among the Honda CB twins of the '70s. Even today, considering it's top speed is 95mph, I'd think you'd have plenty of speed for highway driving. Back then, a 450 was considered a pretty good sized bike! It's heritage is the "Black Bomber" from the 60's, which was designed to be a competitor to the '60s Brittish twins.

http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/mo...nda-cb450.aspx

I personally think these bikes are gems, and would love to find one. Wish my wife would ride!!! If you get the things that need attention fixed properly, and put modern tires on them (I used Pirreli Sport Demons on my CB550K) it will be hard to find a better bike for this use (relative newbie to more advanced rider)
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:45 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Picked up the bike for 1700. Needs the carbs cleaned and balanced. Cosmetics.......new paint for the tank and side covers. Other than that it rode well ( except for the occasional sputter on the way home that hopefully is a carb problem.) Can't wait to set it up as a Cafe bike for my girl. Its basically a bone stock bike Beginner cafe bike-imageuploadedbymo-free1353825859.089350.jpg

Thank all of you for all the advice and comments!!!


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Old 11-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Good luck. 450 Honda was my 1st twin & I haven't looked back: nothing but twins since (oh, wait, that's not true...had a couple of singles
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Nothing wrong with the Honda's. I have a 71 CB350. The issues i have is the electronics and it is one hell of a vibrator. They buzz like crazy. I would of recommended you find her a later Suzuki GS400 twin. Almost twice the horsepower, far better built and a DOHC motor.

Honda is a very good choice though and cafeing the Honda is far easier than the Suzuki. Have fun!
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:56 AM   #20 (permalink)
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