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1981 Honda C70

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The Intended Purpose

Classic Velocity

This is what the machine was intended for. A short jaunt of 12 miles total to head into town and stop at a few places, pick up a few small things, and get back. No issues other than top speed. With a lighter pilot aboard, 50mph is probably possible. In this case, more like 40mph. That is barely adequate for a few stretches and not good for any extended uphill segments! 

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Fully Faired

Classic Velocity

Not only is the C70 back to full operating status, it is serving as backup/rescue vehicle. A recent trek with the Sachs Suburban was a slow motion adventure where the Honda was along to ensure that all went well. It did, and the C70 was a pleasure to ride at very slow speeds or medium speeds.  It is nice to feel likje the machine is bulletproof again, after the fueling issues which were no fault of the bike.

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Out and About

Classic Velocity

This was what this machine was made for. A trip that was 6.5 miles each way to run an errand in town where you are in no danger of exceeding 50 mph. This was the maiden voyage since full reassembly, and I discovered a few things. First, there is not a lot of power in any gear, so you need to ride using momentum. Second, the machine is hard pressed to get above 40 mph with this pilot aboard. I swear that I went faster all the time on a Honda 50, but then I was half this weight. Third, it draws attention. College kids and old timers alike think it is kind of cool. Fourth, the rear shocks are shot. A few things to work on, but you really do meet the nicest people on a Honda.....

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