A young man leaves New York to travel to the north, and then make his way south until he ends up in Ushuaia, Argentinian Patagonia. I don't know the particulars of the trip, but you can check out his website and/or ask him there: Boyman in the Promised Lan | A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man…who does not exist
The thing is, this brave man chooses his 1975 CB500T to do the feat. I'd call him crazy, but he seemed to me like someone with a level head, so I'll say brave.
One and a half years on the road, and he arrives here in Punta Arenas willing to sell his bike. My father, having owned a CB200T with fond memories of that bike, jumped on the deal. So, long story short, we have this in the garage now:
That's me standing behind it, after I took off the big metal rack that supported the traveler's bags and box. You can also see on this picture some of the decals of places he visited; sadly, we took them all off and tore them in the process. Weak paper and incredibly strong glue are a bad combination.
Some drops of oil are present in the picture too. This bike has a small but constant leak that seems to be coming from the sprocket area.
It's missing the glass of the right mirror. The front brake is almost inexistant (although reviews from the time mention how bad it always was...), it wants to run on one cylinder at times, the clocks are not working -but it seems it's jsut due to bad cables-, etc.
But the bike is in amazing shape for its age/kind of miles it has gone through.
It's a beauty, and it has great potential.
We are already taking things apart, and I have some pictures of the cleaning process, to better determine if there are any other leaks, or it's just a matter of road grime mixed with whatever else.
After (some metal comb, degreaser and towels):
Looking better already!
I wanted to make it into a moderately simple cafe racer. Just take things off, put lower bars and improve the front braking.
But then my father rode it around the block...
I think you can see even in this crappy picture, his big happy grin. He was instantly in love. It reminds him of his old CB200T, and he just loves everything about the bike as is, so I'll go along with his plan, and we are set to bring it back to "new"
After thinking about it, I agree with him. It's so refreshing to ride something that's not demanding anything of you. It's such a relaxed, nice bike. It makes you want to go out in jeans and cruise around town, instead of trying to improve its "performance" and turn it into something it's not.
So I'll try to keep you posted on improvements. I hope you like it.
Last picture, myself starting it and looking silly.