I liked the look of the FT when they were released in 1982 and even test rode one from the local Honda dealer, but ended up buying a Ducati Pantah (as you do when young) and never forgot the FT. When this one came up at the right price I grabbed it. I have since grabbed a spares bike too. I bought this bike about 12 years ago as a non runner. I spent 12 months getting the necessary bits to get back on the road and have been enjoying it occasionally between other bikes ever since. Since my accident last October I have been unable to handle any heavy bikes and find that the FT is about the most suitable for me at the moment. It is realiable, starts easy, economical (have got 90 mpg on a steady run), a smooth engine and easy to maintain. Because Honda spread parts over so many different models they are not hard to find bits for (eg caliper seals are same as CB1100r) and most are reasonable priced. They are getting a bit rare these days and I can bet I will be the only one there at most rallies. They got a bad reputation for burning out the bronze bushes on the starter motor intermediate shaft, allowing the gear teeth to lose mesh and jump teeth. The fix is simply to remove the bushes and fit caged needle roller bearings to both sides and never be a problem again. The cam chain tensioner also gets loose and can be a problem if not checked regularly (this applies to most Honda's). Other wise the normal 1980's Honda maintenance will keep them running happily. I have modified mine with up rated fork springs, Ikon shocks, Goldfren brake pads and braided lines, oiled foam aircleaner, more free flowing muffler, some LED bulbs, reshaped seat and lambswool cover, carry rack for touring, tank bag, larger round headlight, bikini fairing and clear windshield, heated grips, voltmeter, ciggy socket and an Anderson plug for jumper leads. Over the years I have replaced both sidecovers with NOS, rechromed the fork legs and fitted gaitors, recovered the custom seat and just kept riding and servicing. During the recent lock down I decided to repaint the second hand ducktail I had bought a couple of years ago, which led to the fairing and front mudguard also getting a coat of red, giving the tank a coat of 2 pak clear and refitting the shiney bits. I have refrained from a complete bare frame rebuild as it is still original and like me it is showing some scares but still working ok. At a local show when first on the road 2011. Rest stop beside Richmond river 2018. On the road with my son on his SWM. After this weeks repaint.