Sylvan Lake resident Mike Karagozian sold his 1972 Honda CB450 in 1973,  but he bought it back earlier this year when the bike appeared on eBay.

Sylvan Lake resident Mike Karagozian sold his 1972 Honda CB450 in 1973, but he bought it back earlier this year when the bike appeared on eBay.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Behind the Wheel: Reunited and it feels so good

Former motorcycle owner buys bike back decades later

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published October 16, 2019

Photo by Deb Jacques

Photo by Deb Jacques

In 1971, Mike Karagozian, of Sylvan Lake, bought a 1972 Honda CB450 — his first motorcycle. 

“When I got this bike, I didn’t even have a motorcycle endorsement on my driver’s license, so I had to get one before I could ride it,” Karagozian said in an email interview. 

At the time, he said, motorcycle magazines described the CB450 as “the most technologically advanced motorcycle on the market.” Although Karagozian was a motorcycle novice, he was sold on that tech factor, combined with the bike’s color and overall look.

“I kept it for two years, and in 1973, I sold it when I was about to graduate from college and get married,” he said. 

Life went on, and over the next four decades, Karagozian’s motorcycle was just a fond memory. However, that changed a few months ago, when the bike surprisingly resurfaced online.

“In April of this year, I got an email from my brother with a link to a pristine-condition Honda CB450 being auctioned on eBay, with a note, ‘Hey Mike, I think this might be your old 450 Honda,’” he said. “After looking at the auction photos and talking with the seller, I confirmed it was indeed my old bike.”

Karagozian said he recognized the bike because it had a “very rare backrest (sissy bar)” that he had put on it when he owned it. 

“Apparently, the person who bought it from me in 1973 rode it a few years and then stored it away,” he said. “I outbid everyone else on eBay, and now my old bike is back in my garage!”

Karagozian said the bike was still in good shape, so he opted to just make a few improvements to get it ready to ride, rather than fully restore it. 

“The bike still had the original tires on it, so they were replaced,” he said. “In addition, the front brake needed to be overhauled. I had a new drive chain and control cables installed, plus new plugs and points.”

Other than that, he said, the motorcycle is 100% original — exactly as it was when he sold it in 1973.  

“People are starting to value ‘survivor’ motorcycles, cars and other things that have not been restored, but are in good condition,” he said. 

The bike also holds some sentimental value for Karagozian. 

“When I was in college, I took my future wife for rides on this bike while we were dating,” he said. “I’m still married to her, and now I have my old bike back.”


SHARE YOUR STORY
Do you own a vehicle that has an interesting history? Contact Staff Writer Jennifer Sigouin at jsigouin@candgnews.com or at (586) 498-1052, and you could be featured in an upcoming edition of Behind the Wheel.