The Owner’s Tale
An orange lemon; or are they? Looks are not out of the best design studio, however I find it a bloody good bike; as good as any of my British bikes in days of yore and in many respects better. Front brake is typical of the era: lacking. However, the rear certainly makes up for it. Vibration is not as noticeable as some twins, mainly I suspect due to the 180 crank and the Japanese levels of engineering. It doesn’t have the surge at 6000rpm like its 450 predecessor so there’s no point in treating it as a sports bike. I think the CB prefix was the cause of the ‘lemon’ reputation and the poor sales. The CB450 lit the fuse and by the time the 500 arrived the concept had gone pop. Expectations were too high due to the reputation of the 450 and the ‘CB’ designation suggested a revamped machine in all aspects. Had it been designated a C or perhaps CD the expectations would have been in alignment with its characteristics and performance and sales may have been better. It goes well, no oil leaks, handles well on original rear units, good finish. A previous US version I had looked better in metallic burgundy and just like it this one has been totally reliable over two and a half years.