My First Motorcycle Project (Submitted by Stephen Spinelli)

  • 19 Oct 2019 6:28 PM
    Message # 8066457
    Jeff Alperin (Administrator)

    Back in 2015, at the age of 48, I bought my first motorcycle project; a 1975 Honda CB500T. She needed quite a bit of TLC to make her road ready, but I was looking forward to wrenching on her and learning how to maintain an older bike.

    After resolving the notorious charging issues the 500Ts were known for, new tires, euro bars, new front brake master cylinder and various updates and tweaks, I started riding her around the neighborhood on the weekends to work out the bugs.

    Six months ago, on April 13th, I felt she was road worthy enough for a longer ride and my riding confidence high enough that I planned on attending an evening event 11 miles north of me. All geared up and on the road, everything was going smoothly until a poorly judged right turn resulted in a glancing blow crash, a broken wrist and totaled bike.

    After surgery, a couple of days in the hospital, and several months of rehab and my wrist is 95% back to normal and my riding confidence is around 75-80%. I plan on finishing another project for 2020 Dania Beach then evaluate my motorcycling habits and future projects. I also think a refresher riding skills course would be a good investment of time just to help my confidence.

    Overall I've very much enjoyed working on my bikes, attending events and making new friends and acquaintances in the vintage motorcycle community. I feel that I will always want a project of sorts whether I ride it local, show it or flip it.

    Stephen Spinelli


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