Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by Bird Info guy, May 25, 2003.
Came across these the other day.
DEG5Y, yeah came across those myself.
I just wonder if they are just fifty quid Chinese imports or genuine quality replicas
With the £250 to get it painted I think it's worth a punt on a full set already painted from our slitty eyed ebayers.
Incidently, have you checked out the prices of genuine Honda spares from the USA? Limited colour options but $480 (£370) for a factory upper fairing! Even with shipping, import duty and vat still a viable option.
They reckon, they make them to order.
Just bought this on a 57 plate. Hi.........
It's very black
That looks very much like a council estate.
Maybe, shop photos from the advert.
You'll need more than training from people in a portacabin.
I did ask for assistance, they offered to call my carer
I read page 1, then 51. Did I miss much?
Done 49 as well now.
I'm not sure I'm any wiser.
Welcome to the site
Thank you, I'm glad to be on board.
Considering a Blackbird, I thought I'd better see what there was to know.
I'm not a fan of upright, 'of-road' style tourers, even though that seems to be the current trend. This looks to me like a good compromise.
There are plenty about, plenty with high miles. What's anybody's opinion as to the cut off mileage wise?
Mileage isn't a problem for the Bird. It comes from an era when Honda could build a decent bike.
Condition is everything. A well looked after Bird with all the right rider friendly mods is what's important. Obviously what constitutes "rider friendly" depends on you. If you're not getting sized up for a zimmer frame just yet then look for "the sport pack" - replaced fork springs and replaced or refurbed rear shock with added spacer. If you're as geriatric as most on here then you should also be looking for "the comfort pack" - gel seat, lowered pegs, bar risers, taller screen, mirror arm extenders.
As the Bird is a sport tourer you'll find plenty with decent luggage fitted. Other than that, your only minor worries are the usual Honda ones - CCT and Reg Rec. Ask for proof that they've been done.
Birds for sale crop up on here from time to time and it's usually worth the wait.
I sold my first at 105k miles and the second at 60k+ miles, both going strong now. The motors are understressed and will go on forever.
As above, don't worry about miles, condition should be the key factor.
I think most would agree that a Bird maintained properly by a caring owner is a much better bet than the dreaded 'full service history by Honda dealer'.
It is a buyer's market, loads about, you can pick up a decent usable bike with maybe a few marks on it for less than £1500. Personally I struggle to see that any Bird is worth more than £4K at the top end, but others disagree...
Either way, you are better off with a car.
As I thought then really.
I wasn't aware of the CCT problem though, thanks. It's a big issue on a Firestorm, I know. I hoped that they would have sorted it by now though.
Honda = reliability (once you fix the problems)
And exclude the charging circuit on the Blackbird!!