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Hondamatic 450 for touring?

1857 Views 6 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  longdistancerider
Hi all! I've been really interested in a 1983 CM450A I found locally; does this bike have enough get up and go to sustain highway speeds (75-85mph) for extended periods? I've never ran an air-cooled bike before, so I'm not sure how hard it's pushed by riding hard. All of mine have been much newer. I've never had a bike that wasn't a Honda "under-stressed" design capable of WOT all day so I'm not sure how to treat one like this (if it isn't *also* under-stressed, but I'm not sure).

I'd be moving over from a Honda Helix 250cc which barely hits 70mph WOT on the freeway, making those rides a bit underpowered and gusty... the 10 inch tires don't help much. The Hondamatic also weighs about 60 more pounds which I figure should help.

Any other impressions of the 450A from owners would be awesome! :)
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I don`t have a hondamatic, but have a 450 rebel and 450 nighthawk with 6 speed overdrive for freeway speeds, I have tried the od at 55mph and it made the engine lug on hills, rpms were too low
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