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 Post subject: New to me toy
PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:34 pm 
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Location: Pella Iowa
I’ve been a longtime fan of the V65’s. Some of you will remember them by this commercial that Honda aired in 1983.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iORT5E6Hbkc
With a professional driver they were getting stock bikes into the 10’s! 121 hp 34 years ago is just amazing. Anyway I’ve been searching for one for the last 6 months. Finally brought one home. My Dr has not moved in 3 weeks. It’s been about 25 years since I’ve had a street bike. I live in area of two lane roads and it’s been fun to cruise on.
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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:37 pm 
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Looks new. :2_thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:02 pm 
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they always look better in the picture than real life. I will say I traveled a long ways to find a bike that was not as advertised. The mileage was 5k more than the ad showed and the seller confirmed on phone. Tires not brand new or even close as he told me. Advertised as an 1985 and its a 1984. Was sold as a bike that was ready to go across the country needing nothing. The rear master cylinder was froze solid. The oil filter had date written on it 2011. I can go on and on. Either way I paid a fair price and I've done a ton of maintenance.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:30 pm 
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Your V65 looks well kept, and sounds like only maintenance and tires are needed to put it back into top shape. :2_thumbsup:

I have a 1982 V45 Sabre (VF750S), the first model to feature Honda's wailing 90 degree V-four water-cooled engine.

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Around 1995 I had the seat reupholstered in black suede, and the Kerker exhaust in the photo replaced the OEM mufflers having serious rust rash in the end cones. Then a few years ago I gave the tank and body panels a rattle-can paint job, Krylon Smoke Grey, and a clear urethane top coat (also rattle-can) gives it some shine and protection.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:15 pm 
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I borrowed a buddies V65 years ago. Always loved the look and what a fun ride! Congrats.

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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:24 am 
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Looks good Woodrat! I wish I had the engine guards you do. I think it would look good on my bike and then I would add highway pegs. I found a brand new one original in the box for $300. I just don't want to spend that much. The used ones I've seen are pretty beat up. I will say there is a real fun factor when you twist the throttle on this bike.


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 Post subject: Re: New to me toy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:32 pm 
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Very nice looking bike! I love Honda V4's. My 2007 ST1300 has been rock solid for 10 years now. I sure wish they would make a new one.


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