1971 HONDA CB500

When i bought this bike off ebay as a buy-it-now i had no idea it was that collectable. At the time i was pretty well invested in the cb750 but knew i wanted a smaller four so when i saw it at what seemed like a decent price, i bit. Upon arrival at the shop where it was sitting i started getting funny looks from employees and the seller wasn't that anxious to finalize the deal. I ran my hands under the mufflers and found gaping holes and had i been closer to home would have backed out but having driven some 500 miles to central minnesota i handed him the cash and he helped me load it. A small group of employees approached as i was tieing it down and began speaking to it's value and what a good deal i got and before long i realized that what i had been feeling at that place was hostility. It appears that the seller hadn't realized the value either when he listed it and before he could get home to change the price i grabbed it and was on my way up. It was a cold shoulder that i was getting at his shop and the unmistakable sense that i was lucky not to be going home empty handed. Once me and my dog and new bike pulled away, a sense of relief came over me and looking in the rear view mirror at my prize, began to see the bike as a valuable collectible rather than just another minor addition to my harem.
..........About 100 miles north of kansas city coming back from picking up this bike in mn, i blew one of those crappy tires from the highway repair truck that i had to pay an exorbitant price for a couple of years before, the shaft was missing to lower the spare so i had to use an allen wrench to lower it. The jack wouldn't raise the truck high enough because of the weight of the motorcycle so i had to dig the gravel out, lowering the earth so i could get the tire off. It was flat so i used 2 cans of old air to get enough in to limp to the station a half mile up the road and get air. The tire is so old there were cracks all over it so i only put 26lbs in and the wheel is rusted so badly that i was afraid it might collapse. Needless to say i barely made it back. I thought i was going to have to wait for the highway patrol and get another crappy tire from the tire repair truck. I call this adventure traveling.
  • 1971 HONDA CB500

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