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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Apr 8, 2020.
Better get a 20 mile loop on the Sportster in.
Rainy here in So Cal. Not today, here.
Good weather for it. 81 here in E. TN.
If I keep reading these John Backlund motorcycle posts I predict I will have more trouble deciding to sell my long-neglected CB750A.
I’m liable to get all crazy and get it running, and then ride it.
91 here, until the rains come back in a bit.
80 here in west TN. Took the bike to work today.
John, I am glad you are able to get out on a sunny dAy. It will be close to 90 here today. I am thinking of riding the Softtail to my hometown of Littlefield to visit my parents gravesite. I have probably already put 20 miles on the bike today just getting around....paying bills, using faucet parts, ordering a dipstick for the old HD.
Isn't that the old 70's 'Hondamatic' CB? Those are pretty interesting bikes, and you don't see them much anymore. I think you had better get it back on the road and enjoy it (Easy for me to say).
In the low 60s here but last we’ll see of that for awhile. Temp plummeting to high around 41 next couple days. So I’m washing & waxing the truck as I go very slowly through my chore list.
11 here, which is (googles) 52F. Hah! We beat South Dakota!
Here's part of my 'suit up' procedure for today's little ride.
First, squeeze into that neck sock thingie Trixie gave to me after I lost my regular cold-weather balaclava a couple weeks ago...'Check'!
Then, apply the big, hard 'head shell' apparatus via the large hole in it's bottom...'Check'!
Don't forget to re-install one's spectacles...'Check'!
Rotate the internal anti-glare shield downwards and secure in position...'Check'!
Pivot the optional external shield downwards and secure in position...'Check'!
Pre-ride checklist being complete, bike engine being sufficiently warmed, I am cleared for rideoff.
Yes, it’s a 1977 Hondamatic. It belonged to a woman my wife knows who had it set up with a sidecar. I got to ride it a few times like that (my only sidecar seat time), which was interesting. Then she decided to concentrate on her BMW R80/7 and R75/5 and sold me the Honda, sans sidecar.
I’ve had it for ten years or so, but never got past transferring the title and putting around the farm on it a little. It has charging system issues that I keep avoiding. It probably has some carb gumming issues now too.
But in the few Highway rides I had on it when she owned it (pre sidecar) I was impressed with the Hondamatic system. The detuned SOHC 750 seems well matched to the two ratios. Once it’s warmed up you can just leave it in high all the time if you’re not trying to get the hole shot away from traffic lights. It’s kind of a bulky, heavy pig compared to an early CB750 and certainly not as pretty, but it’s pretty cool in its own quirky way.
Sometimes I wish I had the ‘76 model so it would have that weird sideswept 4-into-1 exhaust that reminds me of a chromed upside-down Porter Wagoner haircut. Mine is just a ho-hum 4-into-2 system.
-2C (28F or so) here. Sighs. :/(
It's 83 degrees here today, and supposed to get down to 37 degrees in the morning.
Perfect guitar playing weather here in Houston.
So many bikes so little time .