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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-24-2017, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Why I LOVE Honda Vehicles

When I met my wife in the '90's, she had just bought a spankin' new bright red Acura Integra....manual to boot! A keeper for sure, right guys? (The wife that is). At the time, I owned a Shadow, VT1100C. It ended up as the down payment on our first house. The Integra was stolen. Time marches on.

Fast forward to present day: The stable includes a 2002 VT600 CD for the kid, a 2003 ST1300ABS and a 2012 GL18HP. On any given day, pick your fun!

Let's not forget the workhorse of the family, a 2006 Odyssey EX-L. At 219,000 miles the tranny finally gave out. Valve cover gaskets & Timing belt at 226,000. This week at 232,233 the original shocks said enough is enough. It will be done on Monday, and hopefully last another 100,000 miles!
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Another 100,000 shouldn't be out of the question and good to hear you haven't just swapped it out for newer. Honda and it's competitors like Mazda make some fine vehicles. A friend has a Mazda 3, 10 years old, just over 100,000 Kms, in very good mechanical condition, no rust whatsoever (Here on Vancouver Island cars last a long time), puts less than 10,000 Kms on per year and is concerned that she should sell and get new. Told her it wasn't broken in and easily another 10 years worth of good riding in it.

At coffee yesterday and discussing our touring for next year. Have 3 planned so far and was asked if I was going to take the '85 1200 LTD on the trips, said yes. My friend who changes his HD every 2 to 3 years, or sooner, told me to get a new one and not waste time on the 1200. Probably good idea, but told him everything breaks at some time, no guarantees.

Besides a new vehicle generally entails a loan/mortgage and you can spend the money on yourself instead of giving it to the companies.

Enjoy your stable of rides, choice looks good. Have an 1800 and 1200, looking at a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 cc as a possible addition.

Have a great Thanksgiving, ours is done and the turkey is finally as well.

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I nearly jumped on a Versys...here is a great article compaing the Versys, V-Strom and FZ09

https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/2...yamaha#page-13
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Let's not forget the workhorse of the family, a 2006 Odyssey EX-L. At 219,000 miles the tranny finally gave out. Valve cover gaskets & Timing belt at 226,000. This week at 232,233 the original shocks said enough is enough. It will be done on Monday, and hopefully last another 100,000 miles!
You wouldn't believe how many odyssey transmissions I have changed, or how fast I could do it. Quite a few rear shocks too, not so many front struts though.
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Besides a new vehicle generally entails a loan/mortgage and you can spend the money on yourself instead of giving it to the companies.
I learned years ago to not finance "toys." If you wait and save to pay cash for your toys, in the long run all those thousands of dollars you spent on interest and finance charges can be spent on...more toys!
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All the more reason to keep my 1985 Toyota Camry. At 350,000 miles I've still never had to open up the engine any further than to change timing belts, and one time to split the oil pump in half (accessible from the timing belt cover) to replace the funny shaped "o-ring" seal that had crumbled and was leaking oil all over the place. Even at this age the old girl is not afraid to take me cross-country any time on a moment's notice.

That leaves nice $ I'm not spending on new cars to spend on Goldwings and other toys...

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Back in the early 90s I was driving an Japan built '89 Accord, a '81 GL1100 Std and mowing with an '87 Honda lawn mower. When the accord hit 195K the wife needed a ride to the doctor. She told me to take the kid over the Honda dealer next door to kill some time. They had a used '97 Outback on the used lot so I bought it. Aside from the Subaru needing new head gaskets every 90K ot was a great car. I'm on my second Outback, but I have two Goldwings and a '72 CB450. The '87 lawn mower still starts first pull.

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