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HondaGB500.com, a community for the great Honda GB500 Motorcycle and for all Cafe Racer enthusiasts!

Welcome to the HondaGB500.com website. It's now been over a month since I launched the new website and the number of visitors is increasing daily. I want to invite all GB500 owners and motorcycling enthusiasts to visit the site often and consider contributing your stories, photos and support to the site.

Everyone can join for free and everyone is welcome to post in the forum. If you would like to submit articles for publication, please first join and/or send me an email. I'll be happy to make you a contributor.

But I don;pt want this site to be limited to the GB500, so if you own any other motorcycle, Cafe Racers in particular, I invite you to join as well, publish your stories in the forum and your pictures or videos in the galleries.

This is "your" website and it will grow only if everyone participates.

gb500-01In the late '80's, Honda experimented with a number of very unusual motorcycles. The GB500 Tourist Trophy was one of them. Originally marketed in Japan as a 400, it was exported to the US, Europe and Australia as a 500. It was a moderate success in Japan, but in the US sales were hindered by the American love for large engines and dislike of the fairly high price tag. [Read More...]

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Reader Submission: 2 beautiful Cafe Racers.

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Written by Marco Conti Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:34

First I want to thank Marco for helping me by posting the photos.

The two bikes are from approximately the same year. I believe the Gold Star is a 1960 and the Matchless G50 is a 1961. If I am off by a year or two either way you can correct me.

Gold Star

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Written by Marco Conti Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:43

We have just transferred to a new server. I am currently looking into a better social networking application to host pictures and videos, create groups, etc. Unfortunately, the server move was expensive and the social software is not free either.

I will need to carefully look at this and see if I can do it. One of the issues will be to preserve the existing server. If at all possible, I'd love to transfer the threads straight over, but given the age of the forum, it may not be possible. Maybe the solution will be to start fresh and keep this forum "in amber" so to speak.

I will work on that in the next few weeks and I'll keep you updated.


More news about registered user login.

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Written by Marco Conti Friday, 14 June 2013 12:24

First of all, my deepest apologies for all the troubles we have had with the site recently. As I explained in the previous article, a group of hackers came into the site and changed everyone's username and password to the same value. It doesn't look like they did much more damage than that, but I guess that was bad enough. They did this on about 30 sites we host on the server. Unfortunately a few of those sites did not have a backup available. They should have had one, but something went wrong a few months ago and we weren't aware of it.

I previously suggested that you try to restore both username and password to get back in the site. Apparently, that doesn't work well. The next option is to email me and I will change both username and password for you manually. I have just done it for one of the members and apparently it works. It may not work right away on the forum but that's because the forum need to be synced with the user table every once in a while, and I can do that manually. For now I prefer not to because in some cases it has preserved at least some usernames.

So email me and ask me to generate a new password for you. If you like I can use your email of record as a username or you can provide your own username. If you provide (or change it yourself at some point) the old username odds are that the forum will also work for you.

Now, for another important topic, I have been planning to upgrade the site to more modern (and more secure) software. The problem I have with that is that moving the image gallery and all the posts up to now in the forum would be very time consuming and error prone. I can try, but I cannot guarantee good results.

It would be easier to "freeze" the old site as an archive and then rebuild the new site with a new photo gallery, forum and such. I also have a facebook like software that would make the site much more interactive than it is now. I would like to discuss this with the more active members and I hope you all will contact me or discuss this on the forum once things have normalized a bit.

Again my apologies and email me to restore your accounts (It may take me a day of two to do it, but I will do it).

Thank you.


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