If you look a bit closer you'll see that the CB450 was quite a different design than your newly aquired CMX450 Rebel.Quick research showed a 1971 CB450 almost like mine from 1971.
Yes, when I got the title that was issued to the current owner almost two years ago it only showed 5890 miles at that time. So I have to assume that the 7127 miles it showed when I bought it was the real deal.An 86 with 7200 miles and it runs great? Either you are the luckiest man on the planet or a lot of work has recently been done to it.
Here in US we have a lot of high speed roads even in the larger cities and with greater land mass greater distances to travel, not much different than Russia. To maintain a minimal speed of 65 mph (107 kmh) with passing power has made the 600 cc's and above more popular. For a while my ride was a 1987 Suzuki LS650 Savage, rode that all over New Mexico into Arizona, Texas and Colorado. It's kind of crazy, but I'd show up at a motorcycle rally 8 hours from home, and people would call me a real biker to ride such a tiny thing. Then I'd remind them that in the 1960's and 1970's, a 650 was a big bike.The small and middle weight bikes don't get much sales volume love here in the US, other than the dirt riders. City hipsters seem to prefer scooters. In UK the 250s are propped up by their legal status as learner bikes. Elsewhere, legal lines are drawn at 400 ccs, which supports models below that capacity. In the US, there's none of that, and a lot of folks are convinced they need a liter of engine, or more, to ride to the bar on a Saturday night, let alone venture out on the expressway.
I spent several years in Okinawa in the mid 2000's, my employer allowed me to ship my Savage there with my limited household goods. I could go anywhere fast there in 3rd gear. Most of the speeds on the island were nominally 40 mph or less (65 kmh). The bike was an overkill. There, even a little 250 or 125 would be at home traveling the streets. Ditto in Philippines. Much of other parts of the world don't have the high speeds on most roads that we have here in US. Therefore, a smaller CC bike does just fine.But, the rest of the world is a different story. In asia, and India, the vast majority of bikes on the road are well below 250 ccs. Those folks are, on average, physically smaller, but they also value something that slips easily through congested streets and gets 100+ mpg. A 500 cc machine is considered a big, loud demonstration of flagrant machismo. Royal Enfield even named one of their models that. The 350 version had a whopping 18 hp. Royal Enfield Machismo-350 Specifications, Features, Mileage, Weight, Tyre Size
I find quite a few 2nd hand machines being offered up here in the Chicago area with low miles (< 10K) and often much less. I think this is true for a few reasons:Interesting with low mileage like my bike.
But I wonder why with such low miles it needed refurbishment?