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Discussion in 'Coffee Shop' started by Bird Info guy, May 25, 2003.

  1. DEG5Y

    DEG5Y Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

  2. Revvingkevin

    Revvingkevin Member Club Sponsor

    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.
     
  3. DEG5Y

    DEG5Y Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    They reckon, they make them to order.
     
  4. Husky

    Husky Member Club Sponsor

    Hi
    Merc sprinter
     
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  5. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator

    Proper job :beer-toast1:
     
  6. Mr C

    Mr C Member Club Sponsor

    Just bought this on a 57 plate. Hi.........
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  7. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    It's very black:cool:
    Welcome:borra2:
     
  8. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    That looks very much like a council estate.
     
  9. Mr C

    Mr C Member Club Sponsor

    Maybe, shop photos from the advert.
     
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  10. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    You'll need more than training from people in a portacabin.
     
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  11. Mr C

    Mr C Member Club Sponsor

    I did ask for assistance, they offered to call my carer
     
  12. firestorm916

    firestorm916 Registered User Read Only

    I read page 1, then 51. Did I miss much?
     
  13. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    49
     
  14. firestorm916

    firestorm916 Registered User Read Only

    Done 49 as well now.
    I'm not sure I'm any wiser.
     
  15. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Welcome to the site:gaydude:
     
  16. firestorm916

    firestorm916 Registered User Read Only

    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?
     
  17. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    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.
     
  18. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    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...:couch:


    Either way, you are better off with a car.
     
  19. firestorm916

    firestorm916 Registered User Read Only

    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)
     
  20. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    And exclude the charging circuit on the Blackbird!!
     

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