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Old 11-29-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Mountain exploration on a vintage bike!

Last summer i did a 14500km long trip across most of Europe on my Honda CX500, that is older than me! I started from Sweden, riding down through western Europe, passing UK, the alps, the Pyrenees, riding east to Croatia and back north through eastern Europe. I drove my bike through all kinds of roads and conditions and it could handle everything i threw at it surprisingly well!

The trip lasted over 2 months and i did all kinds of crazy stuff, so i will make a brief summary by posting pictures from some of my favorite places for driving.

Enjoy!!

Northern Spain:

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The Alps. I liked the landscape so much that i decided to do a improvised mountain climb at the end!


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I have more pics + story on my web page but it is written in swedish and the google translation service is quite crappy
www.vladde.nl
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Well done. Magnificent roads and scenery. Good to see the bike handled it all well. What's with the 'hammer & sickle' ? Where did you by the bike? 127,000km?
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:08 PM   #3
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Congrats on your trip. It looks like it was a lot of fun. I want a bike like yours, the more you rode the lower your odometer went!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:23 PM   #4
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Very nice
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Great pics! Man those roads look awesome. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #6
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nice trip

If you get tired of Europe, I'm happy to swap cx's. Twin bike here,preped for distance.

Any bike issues? Or mods done? Front end looks odd, for U.S.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:12 PM   #7
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Alright alright alright!!! My first "real' street bike was a CX500. I had to carry around a 2 liter coke bottle of anitfreeze as it had a pretty good leak.

Outstanding pictures
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:36 AM   #8
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Gorgeous ride! Thanks for sharing your pics!! What vintage is that CX?
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:53 AM   #9
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Wow... very nice!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:00 AM   #10
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pledians,

Wonderful photography, thank you for posting.

Did you ride your bike across this?



Cheers,
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:43 AM   #11
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I am glad that you liked the pics! I was surprised how well such an old machine performed during this trip, this model was built like a tank with a bullet proof engine. During the trip i have only changed the rear tire, oli + filter and the battery. Routine service.

In UK, CX500 was a popular dispatch bike during the 80's and 90's, i have heard of a bike that has done over 500 000km before it was scrapped! I can't say how much my bike has done, because i don't know how many times the odometer has hit its ceiling and started all over from zero! :)

I have only made minor modifications, like mini blinkers, a sporty handlebar & mirrors, K&N air filter and iridium spark plugs. And the sticker on the front (i am from Russia originally). The 2-1 exhaust was installed a long time ago.

poolman: I wish i did! But the spanish authorities has built a fence on each side of that bridge, to prevent curious nutheads like me from crossing! :)
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