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soaz
11-20-2009, 12:47 AM
A factory cafe. Imported to the US in 1989 and 1990. Looked like a 70's Norton or Vincent more than a Honda. The first "Modern Classic."
It doesn't hurt that the motor is the same besides displacement to an XR400 or old XR600. Air cooled. Simple and reliable.

Anyone had one?

http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2005/05/03/bikepics-346229-full.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0c/Honda_GB500_Clubman_Rechts.jpg/800px-Honda_GB500_Clubman_Rechts.jpg

http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2005/05/03/bikepics-346244-full.jpg

http://lovik.tripod.com/gb650_egu_fairings.jpg

http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2005/08/09/bikepics-406351-full.jpg

http://lovik.tripod.com/Suprtrappgb.jpg

http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2005/05/03/bikepics-346237-full.jpg


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Model ID
Manufacturer (Make) Honda
Model Name GB 500 Clubman
Year 1992
Category(class) Classic
Engine
Engine Capacity (Displacement) 498 ccm (30.39 cubic inches)
Engine Type 1 cylinder
Bore x Stroke 92.0 mm x 75.0 mm (3.62 inches x 2.95 inches)
Bore/Stroke Ratio 1.23
Stroke 4
Valves per Cylinder 4
Timing System OHC
Cooling System Air
Powertrain
Gearbox 5 speed
Chassis/Suspension/Brakes
Front Brakes Single disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Front Tire 90/90-18
Rear Tire 110/90-18
Dimensions
Curb Weight 179 kg (395 lb)
Fuel Capacity 16.5 litres (4.36 gallons)
Performance
Max Power 38.00 HP (27.7 kW) at 7500 RPM
Power/Weight Ratio 0.21 Hp/Kg
Top Speed 166 km/h (103mph)
Acceleration (dart, speedup) time
0-100 km/h 6.3 seconds
0-60 mph 6 seconds
1/4 mile
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60 to 140 km/h, highest gear
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ChoppyGee
11-20-2009, 1:15 AM
Thats awesome for a 90's Honda! haha.

eightthirtysixcc
11-20-2009, 8:50 AM
I never liked the bike, it's proportions are dorky. The repurposed dirt bike engine is ugly and Ive seen enough of them frag the top ends to hate the bike.

ChristianD
11-20-2009, 10:29 AM
Really fun Bike. Im looking for another one.

Boylecomm
11-20-2009, 11:26 AM
Love it....

Stance and proportions can be adjusted easily enough, it could use it.
Motor mods +fun too.

Yay!

framus
11-20-2009, 11:38 AM
Everything is awesome on this one save for the Emgo "cafe" fairing.
http://p1.bikepics.com/pics/2005/08/09/bikepics-406351-full.jpg

soaz
11-20-2009, 12:06 PM
I actually like the dirt bike engine, but agree it an ugly pig. I've had an XR400 and an XR600. Great motors that can run on mexico piss gas. A little water or sand in it, no problem!
If they are running lean they'll blow a top end though.

Heck, I'm a dork, but I love the look. It is awkward a bit, but Honda's always seem to be. Kind of the dorky Asian engineers vision of an old Norton. They get it mechanically, but visually its a bit Japanese. Somehow I think that sets it apart. It's pretty engineering.
It's not pretty like a Norton though!
http://www.mototype.com/pics/6860/small/norton_commando-750s_4_ad.jpg
http://www.carpictures.com/media/image/640/99KN7070405372A/1971-Norton-Commando-750-Cafe-Racer-green-A.jpeg

wickedblockhead
11-21-2009, 11:01 AM
The Norton engine is absolutely gorgeous though. The japanese motor looks like it was diecast for mattel comparitivly. And to see the two in person and compare the classiness of the Norton in its entirety is worlds above that Honda. But you're trading Heart for Dependability. That Honda will run for miles and miles without any service.