Well, I picked up the motorcycle I bought on Ebay, a 1979 CB750F Super Sport, a few weeks ago and mentioned in another thread - drove to Decatur, IL with a rented pickup and brought it back to Indiana.
Wow! What an awesome bike. It’s in amazing shape. I got it for only 1500, and honestly it looks almost exactly as I imagine it would have in 1979. It starts up perfectly and runs very well. I took it for a ride around the block and it rides great. But man is it a powerhouse! The first gear alone is probably enough for most of the riding I’m going to be doing this fall - I’m definitely going to wait until I’ve taken the ABATE class in August and get some experience riding before I take it out on the road. And damn is it heavy. The manual lists the weight at 512 lbs but it feels like a thousand pounds to me.
Honestly, it may not be the best motorcycle for a beginner, but it’s what I’ve got now, so I guess I’ll take it slow and easy and get to know the bike better (and the class will help a lot too.) Definitely not going out into town on it until I’ve taken the class and had formal instruction in street riding. I’ll basically just keep it in the garage until August. I don’t know if I should take the ABATE class with my motorcycle or use the one that they provide you. I don’t know how I would get the bike over to the place where the class is held - I wouldn’t ride it out on the road, but the idea of renting a truck or borrowing one every time I have to go to the class, and going through the ordeal of loading and unloading the extremely heavy bike, doesn’t strike me as practical. I guess I can only hope that the bike they have me learn on at the class will be similar in size and weight to mine.