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Old 09-27-2014, 05:54 PM   #1
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Picked my own birthday present, 1987 CBX250H

Spent most of my summer working through a cancer scare, thankfully a misdiagnoses (no gripes on my end, treatment I received was first rate and the food not too bad) that I can self treat with water for now. My wife has been a long time non fan of motorcycles, and now has softened - you only live once and the last 4 months have made that wildly clear.

My wife actually suggested getting a proper bike for my 40th birthday (she thinks very poorly of my CT70), so I started looking for small commuter bikes after going through the safety course, I've ridden dirt bikes for years this will be my first road legal 'big bike'.

So many 1 year old 300 Ninjas and CBR250s, all priced about $100 to $500 less than new. Some even want more to cover the cost of whatever rattle trap slip on or rim tape they had installed. I loved the fuel injected XT250 I had in the safety course, but couldn't get past how cheap it felt. Trans worked good, engine pulled nicely, position was good but the seat, plastics and controls didn't have that 'feel' of quality, especially for a much higher price tag than the commuters.

Cruising through the ads with a lame search I found this 1987 Honda CBX 250H

It's had a handful of owners, Odometer shows 9800 Kms (6000 Miles), has new Bridgestone rubber, been very well maintained aside from a few low speed trips to the tarmac. Powered by the XL250L's RFVC engine with electric start, runs crisp. It's more than capable to haul my freight and the misses too at least in town and side roads (where the fun is anyway). Out of pocket less than 1/3 of what I'd pay for a CBR250 (both have 26HP), all the parts except for aesthetic pieces are easily found (1 year bike in Canada, popular as heck in South Africa and Brazil I'm told). It's a real treat. We're a one car family so there's a logistical benefit as well.
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:04 AM   #2
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Congrats on the bike and the clean bill of health. Good lookin youngins, too.

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Old 09-28-2014, 05:16 AM   #3
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That looks like brilliant fun. A nice light package.
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:59 AM   #4
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This is more than AWESOME!!! I love to hear stories like yours. Congrats!!! That is a perfect ride to step up to after the 70!!! And if good things continue to come your way the wife will love this one and you will soon be stepping up to this one next:

Have fun, rides lots and ride safe
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:00 AM   #5
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The Hondas of that era all seemed to be fantastic. The 250 engine is a winner.

Nice looking bike, better looking kids!

Good to hear you are healthy. Ride safe.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:56 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. The CT70 is what my wife would tolerate, - went nicely with our travel trailer but not my first bike.

It's kind of terrible buying a bike this time of year as the season is packing up. We've had a fantastic stretch of weather recently, but I don't want to plate it until spring (we have to carry full time insurance in Ontario, even though the riding season is 5 months at best).

This era of bike is my favourite (85-95), some current models look more like insects than motorcycles, and this particular bike borrows from at least a few of the bikes I had back in the day - gauges from my Interceptor 500, the engine from my XR250R and so on.

I'm a fixer upper Dad, my girls have a had a hand in many of the projects. They both have set valve timing, valve lash and ignition timing. The bigger one knows how to lap valves and check crankshaft bearing clearance with plastigage.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #7
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Congtras. on the bike!
I'm glad the health scare was just that a scare (I've had a few of them the last few years).
Way to teach yor girls that they can do anything. They won't be so helpless when they are older.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:52 PM   #8
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Congrats! I don't recall seeing that style of Comstar wheels before, they look very nice!
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:57 PM   #9
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That bike looks like a great find. It should be a real blast.
You can only be young once, but you can always be immature!
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:26 PM   #10
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Good choice I have one and I love it. I spend more time on it than my Duc. It's about to roll over 40,000kms, still sounds tight, doesn't use oil. Makes everything else feel like a Gold Wing.
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