Hiya all, happy super bowl! I have a hankering to check out a clean 1980 750F, 41k on it(!), uograded seat, fairing/bags and otherwise all OEM from what I can see. Any reason NOT to buy an '80? No records on it as a dealer has it but I'm an old AMI bike tech (but not for like 35 years) and can sniff my way around an old CB fairly well. Any thoughts? Thanks!
You probably know this already, but the charging system is considered their only real weak point. They are completely reliable (it is a Honda,after all) but when they die it can be pricey. I can't say for sure, but I personally believe the issue is with the brushes in the charging system. I think maybe what happens is the brushes wear down and allow the springs that load them to gouge in to the rotor. Bad things ensue. JMO, of course. So I'd make sure it's charging properly for sure. If not you're easily looking at $200-25+ to correct that.
You're probably familiar with cam chain noise and how to diagnose all that as well. Though the mileage may not be real high, age still takes it's toll on the plastic bits inside the engine used for cam chain guides and whatnot. Those aren't overly expensive ,or hard to find, but of course it's not the easiest thing to get at.
My current ride is an '80 F. It's had some engine work done, so I can't really compare it to a stock bike (which I've never ridden) but I'm super impressed with the low RPM power of these DOHC engines. You don't really think of an I-4 as being a torquey engine,especially these older models, but I took a little trip on mine not too long ago. Riding solo but with about 65lbs of luggage with me. I traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway which is all 40-45 mph and hills. It chugged right along surprisingly well. Under normal riding conditions I barely go above 3,000 rpm's, which in my opinion, is pretty low engine speed for an I-4.
If you are tall the bike may seem a little cramped, though. I'm 6'2'' with a 33'' inseam. I'm comfortable on my bike for the most part, but I do find myself wanting to slide further back in the saddle than the stock seat contours will allow me. I really wish I could scoot back about 2''. My seat is stock and I think it's incredibly comfortable. This is when they used to put seats on bikes with the riders butt being taken into consideration, not just aesthetics . :) You're upgraded seat is probably even better.
Easy to work on.parts are available and affordable. Reliable.Smooth running engine with plenty of power. Comfortable ride. Why'd they quit making these things?
Wow, merci for the extensive reply. Here 'tis. Looks clean and I like the fact that it's not 5k miles and was necessarily maintained to get to 41k. I'd have the vales/chains adjusted just so I know they're done-not thrilled w/the Jammer and would find parts to go back stock.
Nice,clean looking bike for sure! If it is a truly ride-away bike than $2,000 is a fair price for it IMO. Personally, I'd call that top dollar for that bike, but if that's the one you really want there aren't very many in that kind of condition to be had. Not in my area anyway.
Those bikes would be $1,100-$1,800 here in Kansas City.
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K, wt to see it today couple cosmetics, peeling paint on back of front fender, some general patina but clean overall, considering. COLD blooded, backfiring on the right side for 2 miles as the dealer wrung it out, ran fine after but a high idle-he want sit gone for the 1900 he claims to have into it. Has the headlight and all OEM parts to remove the Jammer too. Maybe I'm too old for anther project bike.
They are cold blooded bikes,that's typical, but the backfiring obviously is not. Chances are it need the carburetors cleaned up. Kits aren't exactly cheap for these bikes, so you can use that for haggling.