The Orphan

| 11/11/2008 11:32:37 AM

Tags: honda, cb450, custom, orphan,


I’ve been following the “Found on E-bay” blogs on this site lately, but haven’t yet been tempted. Good thing too, as my shop is now over-full of motorcycles – the latest addition to the flock having appeared out of the blue last week (almost literally). It's a long story – which started innocently over a cup of coffee with long-time friends; the usual topics of family, acquaintances, weather, travel and such lead to the question “Are you still into bikes?” I responded with positive noises. Then the conversation stopper of “Do you want a bike?” 

A bit open-ended for my liking but questioning only resulted in the details that it was a 450 (maybe) and it was blue! 

Well, OK – we’ll go and have a look… especially since the shed in question was less than 2 miles from my home. So arrangements were made to meet at 0900 the following morning at said brother-in-law’s garden shed. 

Cobwebs and mouse nest aside, there sat a very dirty but intact 1982 Honda CM450 Custom – and it had been languishing there since 1993. Unloved and untended. Did I want it? Ownership and manual were included in the deal! Apparently space in said garden shed was becoming of paramount importance (due to a new riding lawnmower in the family). The simple answer would have been NO, but like an abandoned puppy, it just couldn’t be left there to suffer. So home it came (without the mouse-nest – we have our own, thank you). 

An afternoon with a water bucket, WD-40, rags and fine steel wool and it has become a very clean looking little bike with good chrome, acceptable paint, and a seized engine. (I knew that the engine was seized before I brought it home). One week later with the help of some tranny fluid on top of the pistons, and some vigorous bumping in 5th gear, the engine is now un-stuck. The clutch plates are also now functioning as they were designed to do. The battery was removed and sent to disposal. The oil and filter have been changed, the oil pan cleaned, the  plugs changed, and a  minor bend in signal arm straightened. It looks good and it needs a home, but I have neither the inclination nor the space to work on two projects this winter, as I already have a 1969 R60/5 BMW on the work bench. But finding a home for an almost-ready-to-start bike might be tricky.   

Terry Coho
5/25/2011 5:41:09 PM

I like the Hondas 450 is a good bike and need a project! How much do you want for it? Let me know!

Lizz M
5/24/2009 7:59:36 PM