• Photos from Paul Palmer's post

    So lucky to get a GL700 limited edition. First weekend off and managed to fit in a quick ride

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    • snap...which number is yours? I have 242

    • Hi. I think it's 106. Last owner had it for 18 yrs. only done 35000km

    • What data plate shows what number it is? This data plate of Paul's says serial number ME2-028 (I think, my eyes are weak)>>

    • 0284

    • Right you are, I blew that up and see it now.

    • 700?

    • So Joel are you a lucky owner of one as well? Any tips? This is my first 650 motor. Had a few 500s. The 650 seems harder to crank over on startup and the starter seems to not be as smooth?

    • 650 with differences...800 made, jap home market only...RARE

    • Yeap a 700. Was a jap market model. The last of the cx/gl series I think. Same motor as the 650 but they called it a 700 :). Not sure but it may have been the rarest factory variation of the cx/gl range. About 800 were produced

    • I think.mone the first 11 is in km...ots up to 26k now and the last 15 had a convertor :) have all your fairings chemically faded?

    • Nice

    • snap :D

    • Yes the fairing has fading issues. Hard to see in a photo but easy to see in a walk around. The bike is near mint apart from the fading. Even has the original tool kit and air gauge

    • every one ive ever seen with original paint has fairing fade....also in bright light the panels are a slightly different colour to the tank...we had 2 identical at our last rally....the theory is its a paint reaction not sun fade on the fairing!!

    • As far as the cranking goes it has the same starting system as the 500s so it is under more strain... this mod is recommended - made a huge difference to mine:

      https://motofaction.org/motorc ycles/honda-cx-gl/starter-moto r-ground-earth-mod-justificati on/

    • a gl700 showed up on the cx forum the other day as a import from canada that is now in england

    • Paul Palmer No, I don't own any bikes any longer. Physical demons had me for dinner. I am on the CX500 forum, as a moderator (ramprat06). I've had 3 bikes, all 3 beautiful, but none more refined and special as G-Loria, 82 500GL SWI, a concourse quality restore. I enjoyed her as long as I could, then gave her to a very good friend, Corey J Short who has her in So. Cal.

    • Really?! wonder who has that...mines in the UK :)

    • Muzza, that is Paul Palmer's in NZ.

    • I'm doing this....the other mod I've done is bought a Borg Warner switch for the electric fan as the originals are crap...and fitted a just in case override!

    • oohhh :D

    • Paul Palmer Seems we are both in the uk, are you an MCC member?

    • I've heard of the mod... but I also hear that it is not necessary. Just have a strong battery and hope that your started clutch is in good shape.

    • Mine seem to start with ease.

    • Hi I'm in New Zealand :) there would seem to be three of these down this part of the world according to a bike dealer here that goes to the rally's. I'm not a member of a club but on a few forums

    • Yours might have it, most CX650s I've known either have it or need it, its mostly starting when hot. If the bike turns over on the started slow due to strain it can do the starter clutch. Changing brushes is apparantly a temporary fix but without the starter mod they go high resistance again within a short period of time!

    • Huh... haven't had any issues with either of my 650s.

    • You may be about the only one I've ever heard of....sure they weren't previously done?

    • Sadly I've seen 3 broken up here recently

    • 1 went to scotland from a club member...some guy bought it...generator packed up and he left it at the bike garage...they broke it....they'd sold the carbs 5 minutes before I was going to buy the whole bike.......Another one the frame is on ebay at present listed as a GL650 frame :( sad to see....and another one I know of had an accident

    • they are getting rarerer

    • also saw someone make a cafe racer out of one...wont repeatwhat I said!

    • Thanks for this link. I have two spare 500 starters. Are they basically the same and therefore an ideal backup or do I need to find an actual 650 one?

    • Same so far as I've compared :) so interchangeable!

    • Cool cause the starter clutch has some extra noises at times

    • Yes...and sluggish to start when hot?

    • A bit but i have only done four rides on it to date. Plan to use it at Easter on a trip. Otherwise my daily ride is a honda PC800 which is so nice to commute on. But I do love my set of cx/gl bikes with their old school feel and look

    • haha lovely bikes :)

    • Just do that mod mate.....dont want to be dropping the engine to do the starter clutch!!!

    • thats a 700!!!!

    • I'll post a photo of my collection once I pick up the GL500i that Murray has in storage for me up in the north island. It's a single disk U.K. Model with all the goodies including the small single seat converter to put you gloves and a snack in

    • 6 numbers from yours Paul Palmer

    • my collection...and 2 x RS100 2 strokers (selling)

    • One more 500 back in washington... should have her soon.

    • Noice :D

    • Does this one have the factory radio?

    • What are you doing with the 500?

    • Yes it does. Not the greatest on reception... but looks slick

    • Was that to me or paul?

    • The 500 question was for Peter

    • Odd story...asked someone in the club for first refusal a few years ago...he rang me up 2 years ago and said it had been sitting in a damp shed for 3 years but £250....i booked van hire within 30 mins. It's had an engine rebuild a few miles before being laid up by Mike Smith in france...the wiring is different as it's a CDI bike converted to a TI engine, so I'm stripping brakes etc, doing the petcock and sorting the exhaust and a few other bits as well as changing the bottle (soap pot presently as guy couldnt find a thin Cx500C (B with a TI) bottle as they are different...oh and I've got to fit 500 right switchgear so the kill switch works...if i kept the CDI kill switch it would short to ground the live to the TI ignition....that would probably result in a fire or a loud bang and some smoke...its an interesting project...but ultimately that engine is more or less new internally :D

    • Just goes to show...it's who you know :P

    • You might also be interested to know I'm fitting CB900 Twin pot calipers that were also fitted to some TI bikes!!!

    • forgot...2 x carb rebuild kits too :P

    • tourmax!

    • After 3 years sitting she started once id cleaned the carbs and didnt smoke at all.....even the nicest cx often gives a puff on startup after a few months!

    • The stripped down 650 I have sat outside for 16 years... so I completely understand. Although all I did was use new fuel, oil, hooked jumpers up to a car battery (not the smartest thing I've ever done... but it worked), and cranked it until the starter clutch started working again. Got her going in about 20 minutes.

    • Oh, new plugs too

    • Haha good old bikes the cxes....one in the club was under a damp hedge for 8 years and after cleaning the fuel system...it went ....unbelievable!

    • Ha, nice

    • I recently sold a project to a guy and told him it had some issue or another...i just needed space, my theory was a stuck ring or head gasket or worse...turns out it was quite badly fecked...but still ran...amazing really!

    • Well I may need to rethink its intended use. I plan to keep it as original as possible and as my summertime Sunday ride. I got the gl500i as a spare just in case of accident with the gl700, I would have spare fairing and luggage bits

    • The 650 is a 674 cc motor so can go either way lol 650 is way cheaper for insurance...lol

    • Nah - you are a magpie and you want one of every model

    • Well maybe..... would love to ride a 650turbo one day

    • bunch for sale in the US at present - may need to buy one of them if I cant find a 650 Custom... ;-)

    • Very cool! I have a GL 500. I did not know there was a 700

    • its quite subtle...the most obvious thing is they are a wing interstate on badges not a silverwing...theres some good sites listing the differences!!