As with any used vehicle, it is sold as is with no warranties express or implied. If you do a forum search for Hondamatic, you should find it - along with some others. Nothing wrong with a Liter or more. The little Suzuki had just 3 hp less than the old Honda 750 automatics and those were heavy pigs. They purchased a transmission from Borg Warner for the purpose of developing an original transmission design. Bike is a collectors dream. It's a fairly light bike, so you get blown around quite a bit too.
I purchased it in Oct. I think a 650 or so cruiser would work well. A lockout safety device prevented the transmission from moving out of neutral if the side stand was down. We are only the second owner! Windshield in great shape and clearShifts from low to high smoothlyComes with a new black modular helmet med and new battery chargerYou will see it and ride it and want it! Any questions can be emailed, I will respond promptly. This was due to Borg-Warner not having transmission specifications that were efficient enough for such a small engine like the 500cc Honda S500 and one that was able to be reliable at a maximum engine speed of 8000rpm. It's perfect for in town commuting and 55mph or under back roads.
There aren't many maybe any 400cc bikes that'll do a sustained 75mph without complaining. I talked to him more about it and he is just looking for a beginners bike and will definitely be upgrading. I paid a small fortune to have her restored, so my loss is your gain! There were few suzuki's sold but there was never much demand and never seemed to attract collecters so if you find one it should still be cheap. I don't know why he wants automatic, but if he wants it thats his choice. Revisions to the combustion chambers lowered compression, which, with smaller carbs, camshaft changes and a four-into-one exhaust revised the power curve for more low-down thrust to suit the characteristics of the torque converter. It has good compression but doesn't run as it has no spark, which isn't anything I can't fix.
The other one though had been drained and only took a light carb clean and was a goer. I ride an 85 Shadow 700 so it'd have to have decent power. It sounds like it isn't what he's looking for. He would prefer an automatic bike, so this or a maxi scooter would even work. The electronics all work perfect except for the above mentioned 2nd gear indicator light that doesn't show when you shift into 2nd. But my question is does anyone know anything about this model? It was produced from 1973 through 1988. She starts first turn every time and would be a great addition to anyone that collects these vintage bikes or is looking for a great starter bike!!! Whenever the Convert was parked, the load on the side stand was transferred to the rear brake by a bell-crank linkage, thus applying the brake.
Do they work good and have good reliability? I'd love another one sometime. Cars, Trucks, Atvs, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, Boats, Trailers etc We Take Trades. I know I guy who just sold a cherry Hondamatic about a year ago and if I can get ahold of him I'll ask him how it was down the freeway. Specify year, make and model name. On the downside, performance was definitely compromised, with the A struggling to reach an indicated 100mph and giving away two seconds in the standing quarter. Thanks for the info and I'll tell him about it. As far as acceleration, it wasn't bad off the line, but was sluggish from 15mph up.
But while the torque converter replaced the clutch, shifting between the two gears was done manually with a conventional foot pedal. This was no entry-level machine, but a fully-loaded, long range tourer — though later models nixed the panniers, floorboards and windshield. We plan on doing a long trip next summer with mostly interstate, and I don't think any good beginners bikes will do this well. Shifting between forward gears was done by simply sliding the gear selector from 1 to 2. He says he wants automatic first, as he knows how to shift. I had a thread on it a couple summers ago.
He's ridden dirt bikes and such a few times, but is looking for a motorcycle. Do you have an opinion about the engine performance, reliablity, racing capabilities, touring capabilities, repair and maintenance cost, accident risk, etc? There were few suzuki's sold but there was never much demand and never seemed to attract collecters so if you find one it should still be cheap. There was also a new gas tank, seat and side covers, and an upgraded 290-watt charging system fed a larger battery with a bigger power reserve. Motorcycle is for local pick up only. I think he could handle one if its automatic. This was retro fitted for this bike but was not a factory part and I had it re-chromed when the rest of the chrome work was completed.
The Hondamatic name continued to be used on fully automatic transmissions from Honda. In this application, it was not a true automatic transmission, as the driver had to manually select one of the two gears, though Honda's torque converter meant that no was needed. Will ship if you pay for shipping. Older now and too big and heavy for me. This is a 33 year old 27 hp air-cooled 400 with an automatic transmission. I would expect them to work fine.