CLASSIC 3 WHEELER
My new 23 year old Big Boy Toy from the past. I bought one of these trikes 25 years ago, new and rode it playing in the dirt for ten years. When I took on a new job and time got short and most of my riding friends dropped the dirt scene, like a fool I sold it.
Now that I am semi-retired, time is no longer a concern and several of my friends have decided to play in the dirt again with 4 wheelers.
All my friends tell me I am nuts to want to ride a 3 wheeler, but I don't think so. Only time will tell on this discussion/argument .
They say I can't go the places they can on their utility type 4 wheelers.
I say I can go anywhere they can and some places they can't.
I don't think they will be able to climb back side of the sand dunes at the Little Sahara State Park, Oklahoma with their utility type 4 wheelers.
We shall see, as they say. I will keep you posted with results and pictures.
My newest 23 year old Big Boy Toy from the past.
This was one of the most fun dirt bikes I ever owned. It's only a 200cc but it hauls my big old butt over all the mud, sand and rocks of the trails better then all the other dirt bikes I have owned. Yamaha made a 350cc model but I have not found one for sale in my price range. The 350cc is rare and most people don't want to sell them at any price.
My thinking this is one of Honda most technically advanced motorcycle ever built.
Turbo charged, liquid cooled, four stroke, longitudinal 80 degree V-twin cylinder, SHC push rod, with 4 per cylinder valves.
Electronic fuel injection with CDI
82 HP @ 8000 RPM with 76 HP to the rear tire
Turbochargers. which use exhaust gas to compress the intake charge, arc best suited to large engines that operate at a steady load: the opposite of a motorcycle's situation. In addition, multi-cylinder motors help by smoothing the exhaust flow.
Despite this. Honda selected their middleweight CX500. an 80-degree transverse V-twin with pushrod valve operation. The CX's small cylinders required the world's tiniest turbocharger, which was built by IHI to Honda's specification. Its rotors measured less than two inches (51mm) in diameter and were designed to spin at 200,0001pm.
The CX's crankcases were strong enough to be retained, but much of liquid-cooled engine was uprated. A stronger crankshaft, clutch and conrods, plus Honda's first production-specification forged pistons, all helped to keep it together when the turbo increased peak power from the standard CX500's 50bhp to the Turbo's 82bhp at 8000rpm.
Honda's work by no means ended with the power plant. The CX was a rolling showcase for other technical achievements, including its digital ignition and fuel-injection system. Pro-Link rear suspension. TRAC anti-dive, twin-piston brake calipers and redesigned Comstar wheels. In addition the fairing, with its lipped screen, enormous headlamp and integral indicators, was undeniably stylish. It held a sophisticated instrument console that contained a clock and fuel gauge, as well as the turbo boost gauge.
The fairing worked well. too. allowing highspeed cruising in comfort. The CX also handled very well considering its fuelled-up weight of over 5501b (250kg). But for such a big. expensive bike the Turbo was only moderately fast. It was good for 125mph (201km/h) but its acceleration was marred by all that weight. And the engine also suffered from turbo-lag. the intrusive delay between throttle opening and engine response which made precise throttle control difficult.
For long-distance riding at speed the Turbo was impressive even so. but it was not so outstanding that its weight, complexity and expense were overcome. A year later, in 1983. Honda followed it with the CX650 Turbo, which had less lag plus a substantial power increase that gave thrilling acceleration and a top speed of 135mph (217km/h). The bigger model was an even better grand tourer. But it was still not a sales success against simpler, cheaper rivals, and remained in production for only a year.
Red River Motorcycle Trails
MIGUEL & SARAH
Little Sahara State Park, Oklahoma
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