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Old 07-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #106
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The "Cafe Racers" show has effected the old CX market around me. you used to be able to find running CX's for 500-700 but now half of them have price driven up because the owners think everyone is looking for a bobber.
Anyway they pop up from time to time on CL but you gotta act quick or they are gone with in a day if in the 500-700 range. 1000 bikes is more the normal in my area.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:58 PM   #107
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A CX 500 was my entry bike. Mine was a great runner but looked rough because a series of PO's didn't know what they were doing. The radio in the Vetter fairing was held in with the worst bondo job ever. The scope of repairs was to remove the sins of the past and rub on the overspray from the rattle can.
No one ever gives you crap for riding one. The CX/GL model is one of the few vintage bikes that gets respect because of its mild demeanor and they are as tough as nails. It doesn't have to prove itself; it is nothing to see one with hi miles taking off without any spare parts packed for the adventure.

It is the only bike that I would buy again.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:15 PM   #108
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an idiot I know bought one in Minnesota, did't check the oil or tire pressure, rode it to west Texas, stayed a week and then rode it to the Gulf coast and sold it for twice what he paid for it, $600.

Some one now makes a nice kit for converting the comstar rear wheel to spokes, but y'all knew that, I reckon.

I would like a crashed or beat up CX 500 Turbo fairing, if a chep one would turn up.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:59 PM   #109
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Just picked me up an early birthday present: 83 GL650 Interstate,

+13k mi., runs decent, cosmetically maybe 60-70%.. rides just like my old Guzzi.





Will proceed to shed some weight from it, all the crashbars are going to come off.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:06 PM   #110
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Pulled from the interwebs ...

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Old 07-14-2014, 03:51 PM   #111
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Just picked me up an early birthday present: 83 GL650 Interstate,

+13k mi., runs decent, cosmetically maybe 60-70%.. rides just like my old Guzzi.





Will proceed to shed some weight from it, all the crashbars are going to come off.
Nice. Aside from the turbos, I think the GL650 is the second best of the bunch and the best that was available in the US. The best non-turbo CX (IMO) is the CX650E, which we Yanks sadly did not get.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #112
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My 83 GL650i has a rear a shock that does not hold air longer than a 5 mile ride. runk

I'm looking to replace the OEM air shock with something with a metal spring, possibly a CBRF4 rear shoock unit:



It will involve cutting one of the mounting holes and fabricate a clevis type mounting point for the unit.

Does anyone have dimensions of the rear chock unit for GL650?

I know the shock length (eye-yo-eye) is about 295mm (11 5/8")

What are the width of the top mounting hole and bottom clevis?

What are the upper and lower mounting point holes diameter and width for the bushings?

Please help.

Thank you
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:28 PM   #113
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Check these - they may help you out:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381537

http://cx500forum.com/forum/technica...k-options.html

http://cx500forum.com/forum/technica...monoshock.html

http://cx500forum.com/forum/general-...k-service.html

http://cx500forum.com/forum/cx-custo...vel-gl650.html
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:17 PM   #114
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What a great day to be out on a bike, I put little more than 340 miles on my GL650i today, even though the rear shock doesn't hold air.

Wonderful to meet new friends and learn new stuff about my bike at HTTA Amish Rally.











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Old 08-15-2014, 12:43 PM   #115
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Just picked me up an early birthday present: 83 GL650 Interstate,

+13k mi., runs decent, cosmetically maybe 60-70%.. rides just like my old Guzzi.
Great find at 13k miles. I rode a 1982 GL500 plain jane model that I paid $300 for, put new tires,etc, and rode it to the Panama Canal and sold it there for $500.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:43 PM   #116
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So far this summer I've put over 7000 miles on my 81 Silverwing Interstate. Lately I've been exploring the single lane paved roads in Oregon of which there are many. This is a camping spot I came across the other day on one of those roads. What a view to wake up to.


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Old 08-17-2014, 09:58 PM   #117
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Purchased this 1980 CX500D a few years ago. The PO was turning it into a Cafe Racer, but stopped on the project. Many parts were missing, so I decided to use a dirt track seat pan. It's Pearl White.






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Old 08-17-2014, 10:11 PM   #118
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Damn that's a good looking CX - I like the tracker seat and bars.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:38 AM   #119
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I bought my GL500 Interstate a couple of years ago from a guy who was asking $400.00 for it. The bike had been sitting for years and only had 19000 miles on the clock. To show me that the bike would run the former owner ran jumper cables from his pick up truck. But for some reason the bike wouldn't cooperate. Frustrated and angry, and despite my saying that I wasn't worried and that I was still interested...he said something like "!!@&$!!!.. Give me $200.00 for the !!$&@&!!! damn thing!!". I quickly paid the man and dragged the bike home. This bike is now my main ride..it's not pretty (maybe someday), but it's awesome and it never lets me down. After doing the usual..(brakes, carbs, battery)..I've since ridden the bike over 10,000 miles. Of the many bikes that have gone through my life, this one has stuck with me like an old trusted friend...
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:33 AM   #120
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Last night I saw an Interstate with the side bags and trunk. It was in great shape. Had 50,000 miles!
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