Category Archives: Motorcycles

Vintage Honda CX500 Brings Memories

The Bulletproof 500cc Hondas

I came home for a weekend when I was an 18 year old soldier. I found a 1982 Honda Silverwing for $1500 at the motorcycle shop in my hometown. I took out a loan and bought it.

That was the start of my appreciation for motorcycles. The bike took massive abuse. Lack of maintenance, crashes, sitting outside for a long while I was in the field, etc.

Left Side Of A 500cc Motorcycle Engine
A 500cc Honda Motorcycle Engine

I sold it chasing bigger and better things and immediately regretted that. In later years though, I’ve stuck close to the Honda brand because of that motorcycle. I’ve owned 3 more since then, including their most luxurious model, the Goldwing.

Honda Shadow750, Goldwing F6B, and CX500 Custom.
A Honda Shadow, Goldwing, and vintage CX500 Custom.

The Honda CX500 Custom is just a stripped down version of that Silverwing, so it brought back memories of that motorcycle. The old 500 Honda that I had was actually was a better performer than the Honda Shadow 750. The Shadow is nice, but it’s trying to be something it’s not. The fake plastic parts, the V-Twin configuration, and the cruiser style are wasted on what could be a better motorcycle. The Silverwing was an original  that couldn’t be compared to other motorcycles.

Top view of a Honda CX500 Custom.
Top View Of A Honda CX500 Custom.

At about 40 horsepower, I don’t remember any thrilling races. The bike was manageable for a new rider. I passed the motorcycle license exam with no training. I caught the bug for motorcycle travel and it’s brought a lot of pleasure to my life.

Side view of Honda CX500 Custom.
Honda CX500 next to newer Honda motorcycles.

The Eccentric Style And The Honda Ruckus

Honda Ruckus And Eccentrics

There’s something about the rugged, tiny Honda Ruckus that attracts eccentrics. I can only guess that they enjoy the idea that the Ruckus suits the purpose of very basic transportation. It makes me smile to see the simplicity of it.

Eccentric style of dress on a Honda Ruckus scooter.
Eccentric style on a Honda Ruckus

The Ruckus has a cult following. People ride them in group rides, solo trips across the country, and just for simple urban transportation. Foregoing the expense of miles on cars, they start seeing the world in a different way.

Myself, I go for a lot more motorcycle and a lot less style, but I can appreciate the fun this guy is having.

Sunday In Amish Country On Motorcycles

Riding Motorcycles In Amish Country On A Sunday

Lucky To Live Near Amish Country

Living near Amish country gives me a different perspective on life. I don’t study it too much, but simple observations reveal more than anything else. There’s a different smell and feel around farms that use old methods. It’s a different world.

Sunday is the day to ride motorcycles in Amish Country if you’re doing it for the sake of riding. Tourist traps are closed and the traffic is light.

On the way up to Millersburg, I noticed this small prayer chapel in Greer, Ohio. The plan was to do some trick of photography with it, but I’ll have to go back and try again. While I was trying to find a unique angle, there was a child’s voice belting out hymns in the backyard of the house next to the church. He was singing with all he had and it was actually very good singing. I didn’t want to embarrass the little guy so we quietly left.

Honda Goldwing parked next to a tiny church in Greer, Ohio.
Large motorcycle, tiny church.

We went down state route 557 just outside of Millersburg, Ohio. The area is so beautiful and the farms are so full of life that it makes you wonder if God doesn’t give extended protection to this area. The farms used contour farming and it creates an interesting pattern on the hillsides. The woodlands and creeks are dotted in between the patchwork. Haystacks dotted the fields.

I didn’t spend much time taking photos. The ride was just to pleasant to stop this time. I was planning how I would approach photography here. Amish beliefs often cause them to shy from cameras so it’s not polite to photograph them. On the other side of that, it’s a free country and we can photograph almost anything in the public view. I try to use that freedom in a refrained manner.

Ragersville, Ohio tavern.
Tavern Of Ragersville.

We ended up at the Tavern Of Ragersville. I like bars with history. Some may consider these old bars “dive” bars. Whatever the vernacular, The Tavern Of Ragersville had character and I enjoyed the cold beer and good food.

After leaving, I headed home and the ride continued to be full of curves and fun. We found State Route 751 which led us back to State Route 16. A short break in Roscoe Village, then a ride down a familiar favorite road, State route 541 to Martinsburg, Ohio near home.

A highly recommend the area for riding, but I’ve found that Saturday is not favorable due to traffic. There are a few non-Amish restaurants that do keep short Sunday hours.

Honda Shadow Aero VT750 Wheel Removal And Installation

Honda Shadow Aero Wheel Removal/Installation

These video is a bit of an afterthought. After falling short of a video to give a workaround for the manuals instruction to remove the exhaust, I wanted to share this to show how we removed the lower shock bolts to access the axle on the Honda Shadow VT750 Aero.

Just reverse the instructions here for wheel removal. Consult the Honda manual and expert advice too. I’m just a hobbyist.

Cup Holder For Honda F6B Goldwing

Cup Holder For F6B Goldwing

The video has a better description of the Ram Mount Cup Holder for the Honda Goldwing F6B.

Cup Holders Save Money

Riding motorcycles cost money. Part of that costs is money spent on the road. Drinks purchased in the gas station add up over time. Instead of purchasing on the road, a thermos can be used to keep a drink ready to go on the road. With this new cup holder, I don’t  have to stop for a drink.

What does a cold drink cost at the gas station now? $1.50 minimum. It doesn’t take long to recoup the cost of this mount.

More Time For Riding

A drink at the ready allows a rider to quench their thirst on the go. When it’s hot, stopping with gear on can heat a rider up more. Fill a thermos with water and a Ram Mount.

When I carry a thermos in the saddle bag, there is the risk of a leak inside the bag and it has to be dug out of storage. With the cup holder, it’s at the ready.

Other Cup Holder Options

I looked into some others, like the cubby hole inserts that sit in the cubby in front of the seat. They are not insulated well. The size of cup is limited to what will fit in the small hole. They do look better, but I don’t ride a show bike.

Honda Goldwing F6B At 10,000 Miles

Honda Goldwing F6B Next To Old Building
My Honda Goldwing F6B At 10,000 Miles

Goldwing F6B Problems At 10,000 Miles

At 10,000 miles, the front brakes are grabbing hard, the front end wobble is worse, and the front tire is worn out already. I’m not happy. It’s time to take it in and see what the problems are.

Other than these problems, it’s a very comfortable ride.

Riding The Goldwing Today

You would think that the old bikes would be better for rain. I like the Goldwing because it keeps me drier. It just isn’t fun to clean it afterwards.

So far today’s adventure have been rain and a ride past a suspected bomb threat in Newark, Ohio. It turned out to be nothing.

The Rarely Clean Motorcycles

Motorcycles Should Rarely Be Clean

Clean Honda motorcycles.
A rare sight of 2 of my Hondas clean. Rare as it should be.

I bought these 2 bikes about 10 years apart. They’ve made me a fan of Honda motorcycles.

About The Honda Shadow Aero

The 2006 Shadow is a proven reliable machine. This cruiser is dependable on daily drives to work, evening and weekend rides, and long hauls. Much of the maintenance is done at home. Parts are reasonable. The design of the motorcycle does make luggage and farkles difficult to add. Attempts to make it look like a Harley incorporates the use of useless plastic garbage. Good and bad considered, I like it’s character and value.

About The Goldwing F6B

I’ve written about the Goldwing F6B many times. What a machine of many characteristics, quirks, and nuances! On this evening, it did it’s job fine as a comfort bike on old country roads in Knox County, Ohio.

The Rural Sights In Spring

A lone tree stands as a sole survivor on a hill.
Lonely Tree On A Hill.

The fields are changing over to green or being plowed. The leaves on the trees are coming back to life. You never know if it will rain in the next few minutes or not. You never know what coat to were or if one should brought. On this night, it 2a 87 degrees and the next day the temps dropped below 60.

This is just how Spring weather is in Ohio. If you want to ride a motorcycle in Ohio, the weather has to be a secondary consideration or you’re not going to get much riding in. You’ll miss the exciting change to summer if you don’t put on that rain gear. Realize that a clean bike in these conditions is a sad bike too. Motorcycles are meant to be dirty this time of year.

Honda NC700X. About $6/day.

The Honda NC700X $6/Day Budget Motorcycle.

Honda NC700X On Gravel Roads
Honda NC700X On Backroads

I paid $6.07 today for the gas I used last week in my NC700X. The bike went to work everyday and a few short trips in the evening. The payment and insurance comes out to about$6/day. It’s a great 65 MPG budget motorcycle.

It amazes me that this motorcycle is not more powerful. It’s a rare thing though; A motorcycle designed to meet needs. Other motorcycles are designed for recreation. This one is designed for some fun, but primarily to economically and reliably move you from point A to B.

It talk more about the Honda NC700X here in a comparison with the Suzuki V-Strom. In short, it’s design is very unique and it gives you all the power where you need it – before 80 MPH. It’s light and easy to maneuver.