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Bike O' the Month 01/01

This is my 82 Honda Sabre V45. I paid a whopping $250 for it. To the best of my knowledge its all original(except the exhaust)with 17k on the clock. It has a low sissy bar, trunk rack and engine guard with aftermaket highway pegs mounted to it. Just wanted to say thanks to Len for a great board, without him and all the nice people on it I wouldnt have been able to bring it back to the condition you see it here. Thanks everyone.
I also took the ambition to add a set of hardbags from an older Kawasaki 400. Soon to be added is a front fairing(NOT hondaline), corbin seat, and a set of original mufflers. EMail me if you want any info on the hardbag mod, or just Nag Len to get his but in gear and make up the Hardbag mod page. He has pics of the conversion, and more pics of what they look like on the bike...

Shawns V65 Magna

Owner=Shawn Southworth
Website=Southworth Homepage From=Huntsville, AL
Model=V65 Magna
Color=Siren Blue
When bought=3042
Standard Options=Engine Guard, Sissy Bar, 6 Pack Rack
Extra Options=Hondaline Saddle Bags
Tires=Front=Bridgestone Spitfire Rear=Dunlop Elite 491
This is Magnanimous for those who care the definition of Magnanimous acording to "The American Heritage Dictionary" is : adj. 1. Courageously noble in mind and heart. 2. Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish. I think that pretty much sums up our awesome V65's.


A friend of mine told me today about fellow riders wanting install Nitrous Oxide on Magna/Sabres. I own an '86 V-65 and I have done quite a few mods to it and still maintained the integrity of the bike. I am going to post a picture of it in this site (if I am allowed). I can tell you from experience that if carefully planned, a V-65 can easily one of the most brutal machines out there and I have more or less invented a way to introduce Nitrous to it with out the problems associated with Nitrous.

One of the obstacles you MUST overcome is your Bike HAS to be ready to handle it. A strong upper and lower end of the engine. Then you must know the limits of it too. Early in the development of these V-4's, Honda had some problems with them and to this day, you rarely, if ever see them on the strip in circuits. But, that doesn't mean that the V-4 doesn't have potential.

I work with motorcycles as I own a restoration shop and do it as a hobby. With my V-65, I have increased the bore and offset of the crankshaft, went to different pistons, custom cams, and other modifications. Keep in mind, that you have to have a plan and know the specs of the V-4. After that and few weeks of assembly, I was ready to test it on the dyno. The results? Still climbing on the dyno, it was getting 162 h.p. and 144 ft. lb of torque. This was before I went to tricking the gap. I consistently reached 185-90 h.p. with this engine(I have the charts).

I came up with a way to introduce Nitrous to the engine and still maintain the stealth you are looking for withthe exception of the bottle on the right side. With the nitrous, I inject it by pulses, 3-5 cc's per second. The net output? An easy and safe 230 to 250 H.P. I don't recommend doing this all the time because of the bike's propensity to flip and trust me, with that kind of power coming down on that pavement with that much must hold it down!! I own a V-Max and a 1100F and they don't have a chance. When I ride here where I live, it is respected. The lumpy cams brings them to attention and then when you take off kida brisk, an experienced rider will know.

I still have the stock pipes and I run 93 octane and to avoid detonation, the compression is evened out to 10:1. It looks stock. If you would like to see pics of it and talk further on what I did, email me. Let me warn you good heartedly, get the stickiest tire you can afford!! It will roast it.

I am not a strip-racer but I can tell you,