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Old 03-20-2008, 7:56 PM   #1
 
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How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

I have no faith in the sticking ability of my 82 CB 900F. It just seems like that back tire just wants to come out. Anybody else got one of these. I will admit that I am not as brave as I use to be. I hit a large dog and bit the road face first, I still love to ride, but I know fear now.
Anyway my first bike was a little 81 Suzuki GS450. I could and did push that bike hard in the corners. My knees new what the pavement felt like at seventy. I loved that feeling and wish I could get it on my 82 CB900F. I am looking at buying a "standard" bike such as a Bandit 1250, and I am afraid that it won't handle the way I would like either. I know that a CBR would do it, but I would like to take my wife with me on occasion.
Anyone else got any input?
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

Your front tire will say goodbye before your rear generally. You are probably feeling your suspension compressing.

Buy a VFR. Still has good handling and you can still take the wife unit for rides in semi-comfort.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

The two things that scared me on that bike was the turning and anything over 100mph.I had metzlers on it that got pretty slipppery...Great bike though i missed mine up until i rode home on my 95 blade.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

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Your front tire will say goodbye before your rear generally. You are probably feeling your suspension compressing.

Buy a VFR. Still has good handling and you can still take the wife unit for rides in semi-comfort.
You might be right, but when you brake the rear tire locks up way sooner than what I am used to. I can lock the front up, but it really takes some trying. I thought about the suspension thing, but it is a definite sideways motion I am feeling. Maybe I got a shock that binds part way down and then releases under the pressure of cornering. Truth be told, I have lost confidence in the bike/tires, and now I just don't push it.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

Super Comfort + Handling = VFR
Comfort + Handling = CB900F (New Hornet) - US has stopped importing them
Speed/Adrenaline Rush/Handling = CBR (If seat is changed it can become comfy)
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

Are you track riding or street riding?
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I am riding on the street. I fell in love with bikes because of the acceleration and handling. I am not so into chrome, its cool, just not for me. I am now married and would like to be able to take the wife on some of my rides, although 99% of my riding is alone. I am about a three hour ride from Angel Fire,NM and would love to go on a long road trip into the mountains. I don't need a bike that does 180 mph, but I want one that accelerates like hell. My CB 900F sucks off the line. It goes like hell once you get it rolling. I could put a different final drive on it, but I am already turning 5000 rpm at 70. So I am searching for my first brand new bike. I just haven't found a bike that has everything I want in a package that I can afford and that looks cool. I want to get away from the naked bike look, and besides I think most of the naked bikes have really ugly front ends.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

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I am riding on the street. I fell in love with bikes because of the acceleration and handling. I am not so into chrome, its cool, just not for me. I am now married and would like to be able to take the wife on some of my rides, although 99% of my riding is alone. I am about a three hour ride from Angel Fire,NM and would love to go on a long road trip into the mountains. I don't need a bike that does 180 mph, but I want one that accelerates like hell. My CB 900F sucks off the line. It goes like hell once you get it rolling. I could put a different final drive on it, but I am already turning 5000 rpm at 70. So I am searching for my first brand new bike. I just haven't found a bike that has everything I want in a package that I can afford and that looks cool. I want to get away from the naked bike look, and besides I think most of the naked bikes have really ugly front ends.
cbr1100xx sounds like a good bike for you.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

You say you are looking for a new bike. I assume one that has a good level of performance, has some type of wind protection for those long rides that you would like to take, and comfy enough for your wife to enjoy the feeling of the open road with you. Sounds to me that you are looking for a sport tourer. Like 929 suggested what are your thoughts of the Honda VFR?

Do you still entertain the thoughts of getting your knee down on your 900F? I think that bike was intended to be more of a boulevard cruiser than an agile sport bike. If you are not comfortable and confident with the feel of the rear end, I would say, pass on trying to get your knee down. Being that its an 1982, there maybe the need for some upgrades with the rear shocks, or tires. When was the last time you checked the tire pressures? Maybe the rear tire is low on pressure...

Get yourself a new or good used VFR and really start spending quality time with your wife
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

True, the CBR1100XX also sounds like a good fit for him.
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

I have looked for the vfr on the Honda website, can't find it. Is it the Interceptor?
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

Yes, its the Interceptor
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Re: How hard can you corner an old CB900f?

Have you checked the swingarm bearings? Wheel bearings? steering stem? Is the wheel alignment good? tire pressures?

These bikes will handle really well. Proper maintenance and tuning is key.

If you want to save some money on bike payments than check all those things. If you really want it to handle better, get a fork brace, and brace the rear swingarm.

Honda CB750/900/1100F SuperSport Website

Those guys know their stuff, and can really make you appreciate the great bike you already have.
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