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1985 Honda CB600SC - Honda Nighthawk.  Daily driver for over 3 years, in ALL kinds of weather!  Nice little cruiser!
1988 Honda CBR600 - The well known little Hurricane!  It was my daily driver (and ONLY transportation) for over 2 years, in ALL kinds of weather!1988_cbr600.jpg (86780 bytes)
1993 Honda CBR1000F - The big Honda is called Hurricane no more, now it is simply called the CBR1000F!  When I want speed, this is my fair to good weather commuting vehicle!  This is a 1993 Honda CBR1000F, purchased NEW, by me, in March 1993.
It goes to the shop about every two years...for SCHEDULED maintenance.  For any "unexpected"  repairs, of course, it is in the shop as soon as possible, normally within hours, or the next business day at the very least.
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For those who have wondered and inquired, CBR stands for Closed Body Racer.  Well, at least according to several motorcycle magazines (w-aa-yyy back around 1987 or 1988 anyway).  It was the term used for motorcycles that have the engine, as well as most of the frame, covered in bodywork to help the bike achieve better aerodynamics (via control of air flow), and of course, higher speeds!
Here is some information about the bike, when it was new:

List price:

$7499
Engine type:dohc Four
Bore & Stroke:77.0 x 53.6 mm
Displacement:998 cc
Carburetion:(4) 38mm Keihin
Starting system:Electric
Transmission speeds:6
Final drive:Chain
Front brake:Dual Disc
Rear brake:Disc
Wheel base:59.1 in.
Seat height:30.7 in.
Fuel capacity:5.9 gal.
Claimed dry weight:549 lb.
Claimed wet weight:609 lb.
Acceleration:0-30 in 1.3 seconds
Acceleration:0-60 in 3.0 seconds
Acceleration:0-100 in 5.9 seconds
1/4 Mile:121.24 mph at 11.19 seconds
Top Speed:163-168 mph
A compilation of information from mcreports on the CBR1000F.
I am over 50 years old, perhaps a little old to fit the "image" many people have of those who ride motorcycles that are designed like this. The Honda CBR1000F is NOT the fastest stock motorcycle on two wheels, but I honestly believe it is ONE of the BEST.  Over the years it has been selected as the BEST large sports bike in it's class; one popular motorcycle magazine even proclaimed it "The Gentleman's Motorcycle"; for its overall handling, appearance, and performance. I have very few problems while riding this bike and have decided that a large cruiser, such as a Honda Gold Wing, isn't quite my style at the moment... Now, maybe when I'm around 60... In the meantime, keep an eye out for me, as you never know where I'll show up!
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The jacket was sewn by hand, from a photo I had taken with me to Saudi Arabia...total cost - $80 bucks, American!!  Well, that and several months in the area!
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The text reads

"The Demon's Lair"

"Where the bikes are quick, Life is Fast, and Death will be slow!"

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I have ridden this bike all around my adopted home state of Arkansas, as well as Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, most of the states on the EAST side of the Mississippi River.  There are many VERY nice roads in Arkansas, if you are on a road trip and passing though, let me know...perhaps I'll have time to show you a few of 'em!! Coming from the Boston area, I really enjoy the roads here, as well as the ability to ride year round! Well, around the periodic snowfalls and tornadoes anyway!  Speaking of which, check out the article on cycle sites!
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As far as my personal experience, even as much as I weigh (over six feet tall and slightly over 325 lbs now-a-days) this thing performs QUITE nicely for me. The speedometer HAS seen 177 miles-per-hour, which allowing a 10% error, still would allow for a top speed approaching 160 mph (159.3)!!  Right in line with most motorcycle magazine reviews!

Figured I'd take some up-to-date photos before my 60,000 mile maintenance.  Twelve years old and still looking good I think!
Turned vehicle into Service Shop for some MAJOR work, including new front main shaft...  I debated on whether to drive it into the ground or not...decided to NOT...  <g>  Am anticipating overall bill to be about $2,500 or so.
I dropped off the CBR for the repairs in February 2008...as discussed with the Service Manager.  Almost one year later and I think the bike might be halfway done.  Not good...
Finally, in March 2009...thirteen months later, all parts were in, all repairs and maintenance completed and I got my bike (valued at about $2,500 bucks) back...for a little over $4K!  Good thing I don't gamble!  Don't misunderstand me, the Service Manager and I discussed the costs involved, and there were NO surprises.  I just don't intend to get rid of the bike just yet, nothing out there I really want to replace it with, yet.
Here we are in late 2012...and it appears we'll need to go back to the shop for another regulator...  I think this is the fourth replacement one...in almost 20 years of ownership.
April 2013, Spring cleaning...with over 67,000 miles!  And as it is now over 20 years old! I need to look at getting an antique license plate for this in a few years (as it has already been prepaid for the maximum number of years)!
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Here we are in March 2014...and I've had this bike for 21 years...still need to consciously make a determination to take this in for a new regulator...I can say that the dual Battery Tender I bought a few years ago was definitely a good investment and is earning its keep!
Mileage after 21 years
July 2016, while I was riding down in Hot Springs, I decided to pull over and take some updated pictures of the bike.
 
2003 Honda Gold Wing 1800 - Honda had a Test Ride program for some of their newest vehicles, so I went down, helmet in hand, and checked out the new 2003 1800cc Gold Wing.  Nice handling bike for one of such size, don't think I'm quite ready for one like this yet.

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2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune 1800 - But I AM ready for one of these!  Since I rarely ride with a passenger anymore, I've been looking for a good, single seat cruiser styled motorcycle...and I found this bike, with only 1,561 miles!  These are stock Honda drawings and photos.

A compilation of information from mcreports on the Rune.

Of course, the above is an artist's drawing of what was to become the bike in the photos below:

  
The Honda exhibition at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show:http://world.honda.com/news/2004/c040910_2.html
The Honda Motorcycle Business Report 2004:http://world.honda.com/motorcycle/report/2004/
An old TV advertisement I found on line for the Rune:Mystical Rune
Here is some information about this bike:
Model:NRX1800

List price:

$26,999 (chrome wheels)
Engine type:Liquid-cooled, longitudinal opposed flat six
Bore & Stroke:74.0 x 71.0mm
Displacement:1.8 Liters, 1,832 cc
Compression Ratio:9.8 to 1
Carburetion:PGM-FI with automatic choke
Ignition:Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
Valve Train:SOHC, two valves per cylinder
Transmission speeds:Five-speed, hydraulically actuated wet clutch
Final drive:Shaft, 2.917:1
Suspension:Front: Trailing bottom-link; 3.9 inches of travel
Rear: Unit Pro-Link with single shock; 3.9 inches of travel
Front brake:Dual full-floating 330mm discs with three-piston calipers
Rear brake:Single 336mm disc with two-piston caliper
Tires:Front: 150/60R-18 radial
Rear: 180/55R-17 radial
Wheel base:68.9 in.
Seat height:27.2 in.
Fuel capacity:6.2 gal.
Claimed dry weight:770 lb.
Claimed wet weight:878 lb.
Colors:Candy Black Cherry
Double Clear Coat Black
Illusion Blue
Here are some reviews of the Honda Rune by Motorcycle Cruiser, Motorcycle Daily, MotorCyclist, Rider, and Topspeed Magazines.

These are the photos I took in the original owner's workshop, you know, first impressions:

As you can see, it has a small dent on the right side of the gas tank.  These are some close ups of the scratches on the gas tank and front fender.  I'm not sure if I'll get them repaired or not, but I will definitely get the paint touched up to make it less obvious!

Okay, I'm going to get it fixed...found a local paint and body shop that came highly recommended from the Honda Dealership for repairs like this (they use him as well).  I was thinking about getting the tank replaced, but at $1,500 plus JUST for the tank, I elected to ask around for other options.

The company is called Street Kreationz, by Drop It Conversions, and specializes in Airbrush, Graphics, Lowering, Paint, and Body Work.  I discussed several options with the owner, Jim Sullivan, looking through a book of his work, and a Chevrolet Corvette he had just drove into the shop, I think this will turn out nice.

Got the bike back on Tuesday, 5/13/08, and it looks like new.  I cannot see where the repair begins (or ends)....he did a great job on blending the repair into the tank and fender.  Total cost for the work was about $1,300 bucks.

The first owner also gave me the original book that Honda sent to each owner of the Rune...  And the CD-ROMs.  While these bikes ran $24,000 to $27,000 new, I got this one at a good price.  So, now, my photos follow after I got the bike home.

I finally got the bike cleaned up from the riding I've been doing and took a couple of shots of the finished work.

As you can see, the work was quite nice.  Which is good as the bike gets a lot of attention and thumbs up from people...even while I'm just stopped for a traffic light...on almost every ride!  I took it in a few miles early (at 3,700) for the 4,000 mile maintenance and a new set of tires.  Got it back and the bike runs really well and the bill wasn't near as bad as I expected!

I have over 14,000 miles on it now and it still looks great and the bike still gets a lot of attention!

Decided to pick up a half-helmet for the bad-a** look, check this out:

Wore it to and from work and when the sun was out I was SURPRISED how many people got out of my way...  Have no idea why.  The only time I've seen that many people move out of my way is when I have the high beams in the truck and am booking down the road!

 
Spring cleaning in April 2013 
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Here is the interesting Honda TV ad for their New Fury Chopper! 

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