Now this is interesting. Ok I grant you not that
I'm quite into eighties lugged steel and I just picked this up. W wasn't sure from the outset - the styling looks more early-mid 90's and the forks too but it was pretty cheap so I wasn't too bothered.
I thought on picking it up I might get a few clues but there's no trace of a decal aside from CB and no serial number
Looks like original kit might have been stx (not rc).
With unicrown forks I was thinking possibly 89 which would make it relatively high end for the year. However other CBs I've seen with similar styling are around 93-4 and by then I'm sure lugged 501 was nothing special.
I'm not too bothered, my main hack bike's awaiting some work and unrideable and this'll be a nice replacement at least for now. Just be interested if anyone knows.
I've just switched out the lethal back wheel, given it a front brake and removed the mudguards