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post #1 of 6 Old Feb 7th, 2008, 8:06 am Thread Starter
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Thinking of adding to the garage - anyone had a CB900?

Just been offered an unfinished project. A CB900.
Anyone had expieriance of these early 80's power bikes?
I am reliably informed it just needs putting back together - all parts there
I am thinking of using it to cummute (never get over 60mph), sunny day ride outs and a spare for when the other 2 are off the road (surprising how often one decides to come out in sysmpathy with the other!


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Which CB900 were you offered, the 900 Custom (shaft drive) or 900F (chain drive)? Both bikes produce 84hp and around 56ft/lb torque. The 900C (Custom's) are worth more and are appreciating in value. A lot of the 900F's have had the piss run out of them and require a lot of work; the 900C was marketed to the cruiser crowd and many more good examples of this model still exist. The 900C has a 5-speed transmission with a high/low range, essentially giving you 10 forward gears; the 900F has a straight 5-speed.

The 900C is probably the one in which to invest your time. Nicely kept models have sold on E-Bay for $2000 - $3000. I have yet to see a 900F model bring more than $1500.

E-Bay always has lots of parts available at reasonable prices. The 900C has air adjustable suspension (front and rear) and is a very nice riding and handling bike with a comfortable seating position. A tuned 900C will get 40-45 mpg running at 65-70mph. I have owned a 1981 900C for 10 years and really like the bike.

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A lot of the 900F's have had the piss run out of them and require a lot of work
They also had very soft valves that would burn or mushroom easily if not kept within tolerances regularly, so be careful with any that look poorly maintained.

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This one is the CB900FZ model.
Engine rebuilt and polished, very special exhausts, all extra 'race' parts. Just not bolted together yet.
At $150 I can;t go wrong price wise!
But I have never had a bike like this (went from a 250cc to 1100cc and 1200cc) Only had very modern suspension on a big bike before.

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Thumbs up Cool!

You just can't go wrong with any vintage or semi-vintage Honda. Sure a few of them have an Achilles heel, but there all such great machines in their own rite.

And like you said, $150 makes this one a no-brainer. Congrats! Can't wait to see pics...
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This one is the CB900FZ model.
Engine rebuilt and polished, very special exhausts, all extra 'race' parts. Just not bolted together yet.
At $150 I can;t go wrong price wise!
But I have never had a bike like this (went from a 250cc to 1100cc and 1200cc) Only had very modern suspension on a big bike before.
Sounds like a very good deal. Take a look at www.cb1100f.net. This is a site dedicated to the 750,900, and 1100 Honda "F" models. Some very knowledgeable folks post some very useful information.

Engine-wise, the 900C and 900F models are identical. The frame, suspension, bodywork, and drive components differ. Does your F have the stock Keihin CV carbs or were you fortunate enough to acquire some exotic 33mm Keihin CR's or Mikunis in the deal? Is the rebuilt engine a standard overbore or do you have a 985cc piston set to install?
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