Unappreciated when new, the Honda GB500 is one of those motorcycles that everyone at the time let slip away. They showed up in Honda showrooms as the Japanese interpretation of what the classic British cafe racer should have been and they built a beauty. Unfortunately, it showed up as the big displacement horsepower wars were getting under way and buyers had something crazy fast on their minds. Race replicas were flying out of dealerships and customers walked right by this little gem. Years later, people began to notice the few that were around and when they looked for a new one found Honda had pulled the plug. Too bad.
These show up for sale now and then, in a wide range of conditions, some have had a hard life, but this one looks nice. The seller admits it’s not a show bike, but it still seems to be in fine shape. The mileage is extremely low, only 1350, plus it’s running a SuperTrapp exhaust, a common swap when they were new and the original is included with the bike. The very dark green color is a fooler, unless the light hits it just right, you can mistake it for black, but it’s not.
It has a new battery, new Bridgestone tires and a new NOS gas tank. According to the seller, everything functions properly and it rides and runs as it should, though inspections before purchase are always wise if possible.