Shed Find: 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport

Barn Finds come in all shapes and sizes, and some are better than others. The owner of this 1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport found it hidden away in a Wisconsin shed. He has gone through the process of returning it to a roadworthy state but has now decided to part with this tidy classic. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a sunny Summer day than cruising along some country road astride a classic motorcycle, and this could be your chance to live that experience. Located in Doerun, Georgia, you will find the Honda listed for sale here at Barn Finds Classifieds. The owner has set the sale price for the Super Sport at $6,500.

When Honda’s CB900F first appeared in North America in 1981, people were taken by its simple but crisp styling. Even 40-years later, it still manages to look pretty modern. It doesn’t feature the fairings and plastic of the current crop of road bikes, but that makes it appear light and elegant. This one is in excellent condition, with no signs of any problems with the plastic. The fuel tank has a couple of minor dents, but addressing these should not be difficult. One of the attractions of restoring any aspect of a classic motorcycle is that the tasks can be undertaken in a relatively confined space. That means that the buyer could attack these cosmetic issues in a home workshop with decent results. The owner has sourced a decal kit for the Honda, and he includes this in the sale. There are no issues with the chrome or the distinctive alloy wheels, while the lack of scuffs and marks on the exhaust suggests that no one has ever managed to “lay down” the machine. As part of the revival process, the owner has also replaced the seat. Overall, this Honda’s cosmetic needs are minimal, and they are by no means urgent. That opens the possibility of enjoying the CB900F as it currently stands during Summer and then tackling the work during the cooler months.

One of the characteristics that defined Honda’s 4-stroke engines from the late 1970s and into the 1980s was their smoothness. They weren’t loud and harsh but produced linear power delivery. The 901cc 4-cylinder engine that was fitted to the CB900F was no exception. It pumped out a very healthy 89hp. Couple that number to a 5-speed transmission and an overall weight of 568lb, and the Honda was no slug in a straight line. It could easily achieve a sub-12-second ¼-mile ET while still winding its way to 139mph. This Honda is in excellent mechanical health. As part of the revival process, the owner has installed a new set of CR33 carburetors. He has retained the original carburetors and airbox, and he is including these in the sale. He has also fitted new tires, new brakes and has rebuilt the brake calipers. That leads us to another strength of the CB900F, and that is its brakes. Dual front discs were coming into vogue on road bikes at this point, but many manufacturers persisted with a rear drum. Honda chose to fit a rear disc as standard, and their benefit is strong and consistent stopping with no evidence of fading under harsh conditions. The little Honda is now ready to be ridden and enjoyed with all of the revival work completed.

North America was late to the party with the Honda CB900F. It arrived here more than two years after the model hit the market in Europe. While many see this as a bad thing, I see it as a positive. By the time American riders were given a chance to throw their leg over this classic, Honda had ironed out any early production bugs. The result was a well-sorted machine that offered a smooth and safe riding experience but that could get up and run with the best of them if poked with a stick. That this one has survived and remained so clean and original is a testament to how robust the design and engineering was. Finding a good example today is becoming difficult, but this looks like a beauty. If you feel like recapturing a bygone era, this CB900F is an affordable option that is well worth considering.

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Cool find, but the authors performance times are a bit misleading, this bike would do 12.5@108 mph in the 1/4, still a handful. 139 was the estimated top speed.( downhill, downwind w/ 84 lb. Asian rider) This was Hondas entry to the more modern look, and I never cared for it, naturally. While a bike like this would be great here, unless you like bugs, some sort of windscreen is in order. A Junebug @ 80 mph is like a bullet. Fun bike, just hope it doesn’t need an obsolete lighting coil,,,

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    • Dave

      “Lighting coil” sounds so British, old chap. Every Japanese bike I had, and my current Sportster, have but one coil.

    • Terrry

      That’s why you ride with a full-face helmet. Those june bugs either go splat! or bounce right off, you don’t feel them!

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    • Russell

      “A Junebug @ 80 mph is like a bullet. ”
      June bug, hell … in this (brief) age of (artillery sized) cicadas … a June bug is nothing.
      I know … by experience. But, still keep taking the bike out.

  2. scottymac

    Last fun bike I owned, lasted 12 days before it was stolen. Wonder if this is my old bike?

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  3. ShaneH Shane

    My first bike was a 1980 Honda CB900C I loved that bike!!

  4. Joe Sewell

    No mention about the condition in the fuel tank interior. I owned a ’82 750C model during this time frame and admired the 900C and 900F also. The V4 Hondas were getting all of the attention during this era, and ’82 was the last of the1000 Six. My hands down ‘wish bike’ (unobtanium) was the ’82 Suzuki GS1100E in Platinum Gold. Too many ‘irons in the fire’ at the time….

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    • Terrry

      I used to have an ’80 silver GS1100E. That bike was fast…or so I thought until I bought a, 84 V65 Magna.

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    • douglas hunt

      good point about the tank
      long time high school buddy had a brother in law with a forlorn Ducati.
      I pulled the 1992 Ducati 907 out of a garage under an apartment, had been disassembled and was sitting on it’s center stand.
      managed to reassemble it the tank was in bad shape, but a local lawnmower shop was able to steam and coat the inner tank.
      the electric fuel pump was a different story, but some heavy web searching led me to a forum where a guy used a bmw moto pump and it was up and running.

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    • Dennis Dennis

      The tank has been cleaned and lined.

  5. Terrry

    These bikes, along with many other Japanese motorcycles of the time, were called “UJMs”, for Universal Japanese Motorcycle, for their standard riding position and 4-cylinder engines. And those bikes were comfortable to ride compared to the cruisers and crotch rockets that would come out later.

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    • douglas hunt

      i had a friend who had a similar stance Honda 750,
      i loved riding that bike
      my first bike was a 78 Yamaha 500 with similar riding position also

  6. ross

    I have a 82 Suzuki GS 1100E. Still a Super Fast machine. Champagne Gold orange script. Vance and Hines header system with the jetted Mikuni carbs. Its still ready as old as it is. My Dad had a 71 honda 750. That is a nice looking Honda.

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  7. TBAU Member

    Keep the bikes commin’ ….

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  8. Lowell Peterson

    Let’s see…if I sell the roadster, TD,and maybe the Crosley? I would be allowed another bike? I love,love this bike!DANG!

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    • douglas hunt

      #decisionsdecisions

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