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A 1972 CB450 caught my eye on Craigslist so I went for it.
Around 1970 or so I owned a CL 450 and really had great
memories of it. I do have some work to do on my new/old
one. A fun project awaits. Sure makes me appreciate the
ride of the Versys! .....
https://tomedison.smugmug.com/New-Honda-CB450-1972

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I always liked the looks of the '65 CL77 Scrambler. Never rode one (PROBABLY never will...), but I've always had a 'hankering' to have one.

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I like it. What's with that seat, is it custom?
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Custom. I have a new seat cover on the way and a pro upholster
to put it on. Lot's of replacement parts out there and a forum,
Honda Twins.

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love it makes me thing of my husbands first bike.. a 81 honda twinstart 200 that i made into a bobber... yours is a far better start.. his was a basket case when i got it .... Brad's Honda Twinstar Site

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Nice Job! I imagine Brad is a Happy Man! I'm bring mine up to stock apperance.
Back in the day I made my CL450 a Californy style choper, extended, tubes,
high handle bars, bobbed fenders, etc. This one will kind of put it all back
together. That bobber looks like a blast!

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Great time machine. I love the classics from the 60s and 70s. One of my all time favorites was the 1972 Suzuki T500-J two stroke twin. I rode mine all over England and a good chunk of the US and it never missed a beat. Ring da-ding ding ding ding all day long. And when you grabbed a handful of throttle it howled - bwaaaaahh! Great fund and better memories.

But unless I'm mistaken your saddle has developed a goiter! Or maybe it's just an infected bee sting. In that case put some salt on it and it will go away.

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Great time machine. I love the classics from the 60s and 70s. One of my all time favorites was the 1972 Suzuki T500-J two stroke twin. I rode mine all over England and a good chunk of the US and it never missed a beat. Ring da-ding ding ding ding all day long. And when you grabbed a handful of throttle it howled - bwaaaaahh! Great fund and better memories.

But unless I'm mistaken your saddle has developed a goiter! Or maybe it's just an infected bee sting. In that case put some salt on it and it will go away.
The first super bike was the Suzuki X6 Hustler. from the 60's 250cc two stroke 6 speed, and was super fast for the time. If I'm not mistaken it was the first bike with 6 speed, and the Suzuki 200cc X5 Invader,also a two stroke, was the first five speed.
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A 1972 CB450 caught my eye on Craigslist so I went for it.
Around 1970 or so I owned a CL 450 and really had great
memories of it. I do have some work to do on my new/old
one. A fun project awaits. Sure makes me appreciate the
ride of the Versys! .....
https://tomedison.smugmug.com/New-Honda-CB450-1972
I like it. Seat not original, and both side covers are missing, but it looks good. If I were to buy an old bike it would be a red 1969 Honda CB350. I bought one new in 69 and loved it. Rode the crap out of it. It only new 2 speeds dead still, and wide open. Those were the days. I was young enough and dumb enough to enjoy them. would also like to have a Honda cub 50. That was my very first motorcycle.
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Nice Job! I imagine Brad is a Happy Man! I'm bring mine up to stock apperance.
Back in the day I made my CL450 a Californy style choper, extended, tubes,
high handle bars, bobbed fenders, etc. This one will kind of put it all back
together. That bobber looks like a blast!
oh brads not my husband hes just the host/owner of the twinstar page lol..my husbands name is nick.can wait to see yours all done. the one i started with want even worth returning to stock... just to far gone from neglect . but as a bobber it sure is a blast and got him into riding, now he has a honda shadow vlx

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I bought this Honda when it was 10 years old with 3000 miles on it. Paid a whopping $400 for it! Those were the days!



This is how it looked after I cleaned it up. No extra money put into this bike.

Sold it several years later for $800.
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The first super bike was the Suzuki X6 Hustler. from the 60's 250cc two stroke 6 speed, and was super fast for the time. If I'm not mistaken it was the first bike with 6 speed, and the Suzuki 200cc X5 Invader,also a two stroke, was the first five speed.
It's been a long time but as I recall the T500 had a five speed gearbox. It was a hoot to ride - relatively wide power band, fast enough but not unmanageable, and it trailed a thin wisp of pale blue smoke marking its passage. Those days are long gone. Bought it in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK for 1200 Pounds Sterling. Those days are long gone too! I guess I'm a relic.

Oh yes, and I also owned a 1975 Norton Commando Interstate. Bought it in Germany and one summer rode it through Belgium, across southern England, then to the Isle of Man for the Manx Grand Prix, then back to Germany. It never skipped a beat which is more than can be said for the BMW and Goldwing that accompanied me. I thought that was amusing.

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It's been a long time but as I recall the T500 had a five speed gearbox. It was a hoot to ride - relatively wide power band, fast enough but not unmanageable, and it trailed a thin wisp of pale blue smoke marking its passage. Those days are long gone. Bought it in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK for 1200 Pounds Sterling. Those days are long gone too! I guess I'm a relic.

Oh yes, and I also owned a 1975 Norton Commando Interstate. Bought it in Germany and one summer rode it through Belgium, across southern England, then to the Isle of Man for the Manx Grand Prix, then back to Germany. It never skipped a beat which is more than can be said for the BMW and Goldwing that accompanied me. I thought that was amusing.
You are correct. The Suzuki T500 Cobra was a 5 speed. It was introduced in 1969. The Suzuki T200 X5 Invader 5 speed was introduced in 1967.
Even better, the Suzuki X 6 hustler 6 speed was introduced in 1965, and incorporated what was called POSI-FORCE lubrication (oil injection), which I believe was the first 2 cycle engine to have oil injection. All Suzuki 2 stroke cycles had POST FORCE lubrication from here forward. Suzuki was very much an innovator in the motorcycle industry.

I also owned a 1973 Norton commando 850 Very powerful bike for It's time. Best bike ever for burning rubber.
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I'd love to get my hands on a BSA 441 Victor............I had a 69' for a couple of years. Interesting bike.

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I'd live to get my hands on a BSA 441 Victor............I had a 69' for a couple of years. Interesting bike.
Ah yes!! BSA loved them. My best friends older brother had a BSA spitfire special. This was the bike of my dreams. After he rode it for about 2 years, he put it up for sale. Asking price $600. I tried to buy it from him, but he said it was more power than I could handle, and that I would probably kill myself on it,so he would not sell it to me. Yea he was probably right. I only weighed 88 pounds at the time.
Wound up buying an allstate 250 from Sears, which was a rebranded Puch250 made in Germany. It was 2 stroke, twin cylinder, with only one connecting rod. They called it a twingle. Sears had a shippment of them at the port in New Orleans La. Deciding to no longer carry them in their store, that put them on sale for $100, and you pick it up at the dock in NO. They normally sold for $600. My dad bought 2 of them. 1 red and 1 black. Our neighbor also bought a red one. he still has his. been sitting in his shed since 1970. here is a link on the bike https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...F&action=click

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I also owned A Montgomery Wards riverside, which was a rebranded Benelli 360. https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...g&action=click
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'Zuki X6 Hustler

Back around 1968, my older brother, who had an X6, was offered a job in Ottawa (we lived in Edmonton, AB at the time), and so he rode his Hustler the 2,400 miles to his new job, in the WINTER (as I recall... I was in RCAF pilot-training at that time)!

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Back around 1968, my older brother, who had an X6, was offered a job in Ottawa (we lived in Edmonton, AB at the time), and so he rode his Hustler the 2,400 miles to his new job, in the WINTER (as I recall... I was in RCAF pilot-training at that time)!
Your brother was a lucky man to have owned an X6 Hustler. Back in 1969 I had a Honda cb350. A friend had the 250 X6 hustler. He could beat me through the quarter mile, and on top end. The X6 produced 29 HP and cb350 produced 36HP. The X6 was a 2 stroke and produced maximum power a lot quicker than the cb which was a 4 stroke.
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I'd love to get my hands on a BSA 441 Victor............I had a 69' for a couple of years. Interesting bike.
A friend had one in 1969, and dared me to try and start it. I'd kicked over some old HD's, having been taught how to control the spark and retard, so I figured whats the BFD. If I recall, you could release the compression with a metal prod. While he held it, I tried to kick it, and got most of the first time, but on the second kick, I went over the bars. Everyone was laughing their asses off. More my reaction to the kickback than it actually throwing me.

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A friend had one in 1969, and dared me to try and start it. I'd kicked over some old HD's, having been taught how to control the spark and retard, so I figured whats the BFD. If I recall, you could release the compression with a metal prod. While he held it, I tried to kick it, and got most of the first time, but on the second kick, I went over the bars. Everyone was laughing their asses off. More my reaction to the kickback than it actually throwing me.
When I'd go to a party or something I would always get asked if someone could ride it. I'd hand them the key and say "if you can get it started you can ride it". No-one ever managed to get it fired up. When I'd go to leave it usually only took one kick to get her going.

I had an 850 Norton that was just as difficult to fire up.

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