June 27, 2008 at 8:22 am #1615
Hey guys. Was just hoping to get some peoples input on whether or not a Honda cb360 would be a good beginners bike. There is a pretty nice used one local to me, and the insurance payments on it are waaaayyy lower than if I got a newer bike. It’s a 1974 model. Thanks for any inputJune 27, 2008 at 11:12 am #7953
From a riding perspective, not bad.
From a total ownership perspective – pretty bad.
You won’t be able to find parts, even simple ones, for a bike that old. I owned an ’84 Honda, and my parents each have ’83 bikes. Almost all our parts have to come from salvage yards. Brake pads, oil filters and tires are pretty much the only things you can still get “new” for these bikes. Everything else is (usually) a special order from either the dealership (long wait times, expensive) or shops specializing in your bike.
Also, there are number of significant changes to the way bikes are worked on in 30 years. Despite the bike being really simple mechanically speaking, joe-average bike mechanic won’t have a clue how to do basic work on it. My 84 VF500F was turned into a paperweight by a lazy mechanic who didn’t understand the differences between it and a modern bike.
Save yourself the heart ache, get something newer.June 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm #7970
Thanks for the advice. I guess I wasn’t really thinking about that aspect of the bike. I’m guessing with a bike that old something is bound to go wrong with it, and probably pretty often.
Because of money issues I’m thinking about just getting a little 49cc scooter for now just so I can get around locally until I can afford something better.June 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm #7971
Keep a look out on sites like craigslist and kijiji.
While the really popular starter bikes (Ninja 250) tend to be “expensive” there are many other, lesser known, bikes that pop up.
What you need to look at is: how old is it and how long was that make sold?
The Honda VTR250 is an excellent 250 sport bike, but it was only sold for a year or two in North America. So parts are going to be really hard to get. Other bigger Universal Japanese Motorcycles (UJMs) were still very easy to live with bikes but had production runs much much longer, so they have lots of parts.
Around here GS450s, 440LTDs, and Maxims all sell for half the price of a Ninja 250. But, you’ll pay for it with the extra leg work to get parts. Unfortunately I can’t think of any mid 90s equivilants… the only ones that come to mind are all 600s (SecaII, Bandit). But keep your eyes open, especially come september and october. You can get really good deals on bikes come then.
All that said: If you never leave the urban centre, 50cc scooters can be plenty amusing too.September 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm #30392
This was my first bike back in ''for and loved it.Had it for 3 years and never had a problem.Great bike for a starter
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