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« on: June 19, 2016, 10:16:53 am »

So after being so impressed with my little DRZ400s  that I just took on a 2,000+ mile trip last month from Chicago to North Carolina and back, ( read here if you want:  www.cherohalaexpress.blogspot.com ) what's the next logical thing in the world of Warner? Yep...to sell it.  Haha.  But here's why. I NEVER ride off road, which is a big advantage this bike had over a traditional street bike.

And....way back in the day when I was doing competitive speedskating (mid 90's) one of the guys on my team, who was a good 25 years older than me, had this killer Honda motorcycle in his garage. I used to see it when I'd go to his house to drive to an out of state race together. I'd always rib him about it and when he was going to give it to me. We'd laugh and joke, but nothing serious. A couple of years ago, after a 20 year gap, I started back up with speedskating (not competitively) and I ran into my friend Herman at one of the practices...and just for kicks, I ribbed him about the bike again. I was shocked to hear that it was still around...and not really doing much. I didn't really pursue it with much vigor, but it always was in the back of my mind. So after this trip, I started thinking about it again....being the OCD person that I am. I texted my friend Tom who had the list of contacts for the team, and he told me that nobody had hear from Herman for a couple of years, but gave me the last contact info that he had for him.

So I sent a text to the number that my friend Tom gave me, and low and behold, Herman responded.
So my 2nd text to him was "Where's my bike?". Hahaha.
Again, surprised to hear that it was still around....and was owned by his son, who's around my age. Herman put me in touch with his son, who had been thinking about selling it. I talked to his son for about an hour one day about it.

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He was the owner since day 1. He bought it new in 1992, it's a 1990 model. He watched the dealer uncrate it and put it together.

He always had the bike serviced by the dealer, and did any maintenance/replacement of parts that they suggested.

He replaced the tires 2 years ago, and other parts as needed.

It only has 7,000 original miles on it! These bikes are known to go over 100k miles. So to me, it's an older model, but LOTS of life left in it.

Back in 1991, I owned and drag raced a GSX-R1100 that was similar to this bike. A little harder edged....slightly quicker and faster, but in the same ballpark as this bike. I remember how much I loved that bike....even to the point of having occasional dreams about it many years later. I'd dream that I somehow still lived with my parents (I know, right?) and that the bike was in their garage, kind of hidden behind some other stuff. Really strange. But I remember feeling excited that I still HAD it. Then I woke up. Haha.

Anyway, I asked John (Herman's son) what he thought was a fair price for the bike. We went back and forth just a little bit, and agreed on a fair price. I told him that I'd try to sell my existing bike (the DRZ) and see how much I could get for it. I'm sure he was thinking that I'd never sell it, or not for anything close to what I needed to buy his. It was in my head that I really wanted to make it an even trade.

So I put my bike on Craigslist, asking $500 more than I needed to get to buy the CBR1000. Two days later, I had a guy come out and look at it, ride it, and tell me he wanted it. For the exact same amount that I'm buying the CBR for. I love it when a plan comes together!

The guy picked up the DRZ yesterday.  John misplaced the title for the CBR, so he's put in a request to the Secretary of State for a duplicate title. That process has really sped up and should only take a couple of weeks based on my recent experience with that.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some picture of the bike I'm getting. These were not taken 24 years ago when the bike was new.....if you look at the odometer in the photos it shows over 6,800 miles on it. The bike has 7,011 now. What a gem!

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd265/warners_photos/28767.jpeg

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 11:25:07 am »

Beautiful bike. My brother had one. And great story.

Now, before anyone else writes it I will rain on your parade a bit. The carbs vs FI wouldn't bother me at all. BUT, finding old parts, carb parts and old and hard rubber parts cracking on you may be your end.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 01:27:13 pm »


Beautiful bike. My brother had one. And great story.

Now, before anyone else writes it I will rain on your parade a bit. The carbs vs FI wouldn't bother me at all. BUT, finding old parts, carb parts and old and hard rubber parts cracking on you may be your end.


Well, I had thought about that.  But it seems like there is a healthy supply of parts for these bikes still.  They were made for 10 years and didn't change a whole lot.  I see a lot older bikes on the road, and I can't think of what specifically would dry out and crack and whatnot.  I know that time is the killer or everything good, but this thing literally never saw rain and was always parked in the garage and from the sounds of it, covered most of the time.  I'll take my chances.  It's what I can afford, it's fairly nostalgic to me, and I think it has a lot of life left in it.  If it lasts 5 more years and 20 or 25 thousand miles, it will have been a BARGAIN.  

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 01:33:59 pm »

Fantastic find, congrats! I agree with Blue is Best, older carbed bikes can be a bear.  But BikeBandit might be you're new best friend:

http://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts/1990-honda-hurricane-1000-cbr1000f/o/m151597#sch21231

Enjoy the new ride.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2016, 01:38:39 pm »


Fantastic find, congrats! I agree with Blue is Best, older carbed bikes can be a bear.  But BikeBandit might be you're new best friend:

http://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts/1990-honda-hurricane-1000-cbr1000f/o/m151597#sch21231

Enjoy the new ride.




Blue is best was not concerned about the carbs aspect, but the parts availability aspect.  It could be an issue....but man, with 7k miles on it, there shouldn't be a THING internally wrong with it.  The guy said he had it tuned up a few years ago by Honda.  And it has 2 year old tires on it.  I think it's going to be good to go.  I have a good local shop out here that I'd trust to work on it if need be.  We'll see.  The guy has to get the title so I can pick it up.  The coolest part to me is I'm that I was able to sell my existing bike (that I STOLE for a grand a little over a year ago) to pay for the new bike.  That's a huge win in my book.  

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 02:12:27 pm »

You sure got a deal, no doubt.  I'd like to have you as my financial adviser!!!

I partly meant the carbs also on the rubber breaking down. The worst thing is having the bike sit. Which sounds exactly like that is what has been happening to it. I wish you a bazillion miles on it all trouble free.    Bigok   But I also have experienced and had others experience the cracking/hard rubber part thing.
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2016, 02:22:44 pm »

If you like wasting money on toys and such, you'd LOVE me as your financial adviser.  Hahaha.  But I DO make some good deals.  The DRZ was one of them.  Bought it for a grand and sold it for 3, which is what I'm paying for the CBR.  We'll see how it goes.....I know one thing for sure, the bike won't be sitting for long, once he gets the replacement title and I get it transferred.  I'll report back once that goes down.  

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2016, 02:28:13 pm »


You sure got a deal, no doubt.  I'd like to have you as my financial adviser!!!

I partly meant the carbs also on the rubber breaking down. The worst thing is having the bike sit. Which sounds exactly like that is what has been happening to it. I wish you a bazillion miles on it all trouble free.    Bigok   But I also have experienced and had others experience the cracking/hard rubber part thing.


Like this?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-CBR1000F-CBR1000-CBR-1000F-HURRICANE-CARB-REBUILD-REPAIR-KIT-1987-91-/161913245432?vxp=mtr&hash=item25b2c80ef8
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 08:26:12 am »

Quite the story man! 
That thing has aged well, it doesn't look that old.

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2018, 10:57:31 am »

How's the bike running?  
Can you tell me what mods you've done to your bike?  I have the same bike and am not sure what I should do to mine.  I am planing on getting soft saddlebags/paniers but not sure.  I have ordered the danmoto clipons but they have not arrived yet.

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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2018, 11:18:07 am »

As far as mods go, really the only things that I have done are replaced the mufflers with the Delkevic ones since the previous owner dropped the bike (turning onto his street) and scraped up the right side exhaust.  I also installed a K&N air filter.  Otherwise, it's bone stock.  I did replace the voltage regulator but that's it.  I was lucky to find a guy on Ebay last year who was parting out a 1990 model, so I got some spare parts just in case, including a working stator, which are next to impossible to find for the 1990 model.  Last year I put 11k, miles on it.  Great bike, still love it.  It does everything that I want it to do, and I have no reason to consider replacing it.  I'll miss it when it's gone.

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2018, 10:56:25 am »

Beautiful bike
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2018, 11:29:02 am »


Beautiful bike



Thanks.  I like it a lot.

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