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    1981 cx500 custom for sale 711 original miles. Original title, true barn find.

    Up for sell a 1981 honda cx500 custom. 711 original miles. Original title. Bike is completely unmolested in any way. Original tires that still have side cating numbs on them. Vetter fairing, sissy bar & luggage rack. Rear storage box. I have put new battery in. Changed oil and filter. Topped of fluids. This is a true barn find. Starts, runs and looks like new. There is a very small amount of surface rust on chrome that can be rubbed out with time and effort. It is like this bike has been in a time capsule for the last 33 years. Please call or txt with any questions 765-621-1785. Price is $2995.00 thanks jr.Name:  20140323_132018.jpg
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    Looks very nice, what prompts the sale? That price might be a tad high, even for a pristine runner. If I were in the market, and had 1.8K around, I'd consider it. Several hundred dollars are going to have to be invested before I would dare put it on the road. Tires, while still "new-ish" are not road worthy after that many years. All the systems will need a going over, all fluids, brakes, coolant, the nine yards.

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    Don't forget seals. Every piece of rubber on that bike will be questionable.

    Nice starting point, but it will need a ground-up restoration.


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    I understand the concern. I've owned bikes my entire life. This bike is exceptional in every way. All rubber (hoses, brake lines. fuel lines, carb boots) is in perfect shape. all very pliable and not cracked or checked. The tires are not checked or dry rotted in any way. The only issue I noticed was the rubber seals around bottom of front shocks is cracked from age. I am selling the bike to finance a dump truck I need to pull my Bobcat. The Mustang in the background has been a 10 year ground up restoration project and I am very familiar with the issues an older vehicle can/will have. I have never in my life seen a bike this pristine at this age without some sort of restoration. Maybe the price is a little high? I've researched quite a lot and are seeing bikes not any in anyway as good as shape as this one with a ton of miles going for $800-$1500. KBB is saying $1850 clean with average miles. I know KBB is usually on the high side. Dad always said you can always come down but you can never go up. Thank you for the interest.

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    Thanks "Condo" the inside of the tank looks like the rest of the bike! I know ya'll think I'm nuts but it is the real deal. It basically looks like the Japanese fired up the production line last week and ran out one more 1981 CX500. Lol! O yeah, 5hrs of Fingers to the bone scrubbing got it this way. But luckily it did not have pigeon crap on it.
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    What is the story about its history, what can you tell us about that?
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    The Vetter fairing looks to me as though it's all cockeyed on the bike. Would that be due to the obnoxious buckhorn bars that were standard on the Customs?
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    Good luck with the sale. A lot of people on here are very critical of other bikes.they most likely are envious and somehow think very highly of their own bikes .lots of assumptions made with no real facts.some even highjack your thread and seem happy to do it. The little click on here really has the pack mentality !!
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    "Bike is completely unmolested in any way." - It's got an aftermarket fairing, sissy bar and luggage rack. You will appeal to a larger market with the original front vs the half fairing.

    Good luck with it, anything near $3g's will be a benchmark for a Custom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain29 View Post
    Good luck with the sale. A lot of people on here are very critical of other bikes.they most likely are envious and somehow think very highly of their own bikes .lots of assumptions made with no real facts.some even highjack your thread and seem happy to do it. The little click on here really has the pack mentality !!

    I wish you luck with the sale as well, however, despite what "the captain" thinks, the earlier post were more directed at even though the bike looks new it is still over 30 years old and rubber does deteriorate over time (tires, oil seals, hoses) and fluid does go bad. I think for the most part it was people wanting to be sure you were aware of the possible pit falls associated with your pretty barn find rather than just beating you up. From your first post it wasn't clear that you had any motorcycle experience and this group tends to always err on the side of caution.
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