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Didn't realize this would be so wordy. Skip to the bottom for the short version of things.



So as I was having trouble getting ahold of a title for my TDub way back, I decided to help the community and myself by parting it out. I got pretty intimate with the ins and outs of a bike I planned to own again someday, and I'm starting to think now is the time to get another.



What I've been living off of is a Honda CB-1:





I love it. 400cc's, four cylinders, sixteen valves, double-overhead, gear-driven cams, redlines at 13,500RPM and tops out at more than necessary. I get on the thing and I'm just compelled to actively ride. It's a rare bird, and again, I love it.



But I found something odd the other day. You see, I was coming home after working a couple days, and something was off. I was tired, admittedly, and I wasn't driving as actively as usual. I wasn't carving the mountain like before. I'd forget which gear I was in, I ignored the chances to pass even the slowest of drivers. Then in the last set of twisties before home, I realized what was going on. I was just coasting downhill, slowly enjoying the breeze. I crossed a bridge at the bottom and took more interest in usual in what it would be like to turn under again and ride up the river. I knew I'd be back for dual sport riding, but I didn't think it would just eat me alive like this.



No, I don't care to tackle the TAT or live for weeks at a time in nowhere, but I'd like to be able to hit trails with buddies again.



The problem being, I'm on the college budget, and I can't exactly afford to just go pick one up, even the best deals would probably cripple me financially. But what I am considering is hunting a trade. At 240, I think I dwarf the CB when I'm on it, and it would only be worse with the TW I'm sure. Then there's practicality. The days of hitting the interstate would be gone, so long distance stuff would require something akin to a daytrip even when I don't have all day. It would be my only vehicle. I'm pretty much a 365 rider, given the financial benefits and whatnot. There are other options, and a DRZ400 is probably the other contender, but it doesn't have that stump-puller appeal of the TW. I am considering spiffing up the CB with a new exhaust coating and a few little things, to see if it revives my interest, or to boost resale.



Anyway, just believe that the bike I have now is hard to come by, and is building a cult status similar to the SR500. Also note that I can't really afford to own two. But which bikes would you look at if you had my requirements? Or would you hold the cards you've got?
I'm sitting on a bike that carries around $2-3k in value, given condition, so take that into consideration for any options you know of.



Your advice is appreciated.
 

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first off great looking CB man!...i don't know why they stopped offering the hornet in the US cause it's a great naked bike...as for a new bike i would say it depends if you really want to get back off-road and if so i would look for a trade like you said for something more suited to your needs and then weight out the percentages (on-road % and off-road %) and get something that will match that usage...as far as your on-road riding are you riding in heavily populated areas on highways?...i drive 45 miles one way to work through providence and people fly over here so i wouldn't even think of commuting to work on my TW...as for dwarfing a TW there are other guys riding this bike of a similar size so i wouldn't worry about that...i do know that it will be lacking power compared to your current bike...i think a drz would be a good choice also if you plan to do a lot more commuting than off-roading but it will be at least 50 pounds heavier for off-road but also another 200ccs so it may be less of a step down to you power-wise...if you want more of a dirtbike maybe a ktm exc or a yamaha wr or xt...and there are always dual sport options from honda, kawasaki, husqvarna etc...i think it's going to depend what is on craigslist in your area for trades
 

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Very nice Honda. I am a big fan of these small CB-1s. In fact, I almost bought one prior to my TW. Although I have owned many vintage Honda CBs of the years and have enjoyed them all, I can say that the versatility of the TW is amazing and something I did not expect to enjoy as much as I do. As you stated, I find myself looking for trails and paths that take me off the pavement and allow me to explore. Plenty of power to get you to your next adventure and more than capable off road. Its a great bike - as you already know. Like you, I would love to own two bikes again and may do so in the future. GO TW!



I also sent you a PM. I would like additional details about your CB-1.



Good luck in your search.
 

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i agree with Dino...i previously had an 03 and an 05 CBR600RR (not at the same time)...before i sold the 05 i picked up my 00 TW for $1500 and found it to be so much fun to work on and ride that i sold the CBR and replaced it with a husqvarna sumo (the CBR paid for the TW and the husky less $500)...but i told myself i would always own a TW from now on cause it's a blast
 

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How much attachment do you have for the CB-1 knowing if you sell it you may never have another? Answer that question and you will know what to do.
 

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About 4 or 5 years ago I ran across a guy that was selling a CB400F. It was a basket case. Everything was apart. He swore every nut and washer were there but I had no way of telling. He also said lots of extra parts! I passed on the deal.
 

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Finances are a big deal. I'd encourage you to stick with (1) whatever provides your transportation needs and (2) what you can afford. Generally speaking, we Westerners are conditioned to be great consumers. We always seem to want what we don't have. If there's another bike you want, start saving.



Now, if I could only follow my own advice...
 

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Finances are a big deal. I'd encourage you to stick with (1) whatever provides your transportation needs and (2) what you can afford. Generally speaking, we Westerners are conditioned to be great consumers. We always seem to want what we don't have. If there's another bike you want, start saving.



Now, if I could only follow my own advice...


I think that's what I'm gonna have to do. I could stand to thin out some other hobby items, and it would truthfully be a downtrade in every way but offroad.
 

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Yeah, I could thin out some of my other belongings myself. Actually, I've kind of been doing that. Between craigslist and ebay, I've probably made enough to buy an older neglected TW.



Hey, good luck. Enjoy what you have. It's unique, cool looking, and for me -- I seem to have more fun on smaller bikes than I do on larger ones.
 
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