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My V65 Sabre

Here are several shots of my bike, with close-ups of some mods

I bought my 1984 model bike new in 1987, when Honda was working hard to sell off prior-year models. I was looking for a bike to replace my 1980 CB400T, on which I'd accumulated over 45,000 miles. I was originally shopping for a 750-class machine but my dealer was selling the big Sabre with the Hondaline fairing for less than the 750 I was considering. I decided I could live with the bigger bike :-). My first additions were Krauser Starlet hardbags. Soon after came the Corbin saddle, then the Progressive Suspension fork springs and a Superbrace. More recently I've added headlight and brakelight modulators, Fiamm horns, an oil mod, and an alarm system. My most recent addition is a Works Performance rear shock. Mileage to date is about 73,900. Here's a picture of the bike in normal riding trim.

V65 in normal riding trim

I also have some soft luggage: an RKA 16 liter tank bag and a homebrewed tail trunk. Here's a shot with the extra storage in place.

V65 set up for touring

These are pretty standard accessories, but I've a few which are unique -- at least based on the interest they get when I get together with other riders. The first are my fork tube protectors, high-tech parts direct from a plumbing store. They help to keep dirt and sharp little bug bodies out of the fork seals.

Fork protectors Fork protectors

They are rubber plumbing couplers, designed to connect a 2" pipe to a 1.5" pipe, available at a plumbing supply store for a few dollars. I cut out about 10% of each coupler then clamped them to the lower fork tube with stainless steel hose clamps. I installed them at about 25k miles and the fork seals are still going strong.

My other mod is an electric clothing control system. The controller itself, a HEAT-TROLLER, is mounted under the seat just in front of the taillight.


The heat control is mounted in a pod on the left handlebar, where it's easy to reach. The knob on the left adjusts the controller duty cycle, while the LED shows the duty cycle. (The pushbutton to the right of the LED is the push-to-talk switch for my ham radio gear.)

Heat-troller control

The Safco power plugs, used on the Eclipse and Gerbing gear, need two hands to use. I prefer the BMW-type plugs and jacks, so I made a Safco-to-BMW adapter then installed a BMW-type jack in the left fairing lower.

BMW power plug BMW-style jack

This makes for easy one-hand operation. (And the BMW plug disconnects easily if I forget to unplug it when I get off the bike.)

NOTE: I'm not just a HEAT-TROLLER user, I'm the designer. Bear that in mind when you rush out to buy one based on my glowing report.

Last updated 25 Dec 2004