stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

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stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:09 pm

i have always wanted a "cafe" bike, then i came across this 74 cb550.

first thing i did was cut off the flat bar on the swing arm, then i removed the harley style rear fender. i dont have pics, i was so dead set on getting the fender off i wasnt thinking of taking pictures. then i stripped the frame, leaving the front end which brings us to these pics...

removed all the tabs and welded up the holes from all the self screws that were in the frame, i also cut off the stock upper suspension mounts.
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i also pulled out a big dent in the tank by welding screws to the top and pulling cutting them off and repeating.
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here is the new tail section, its acutally a handle off an old flat cut that i cut down. :o
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and an other shot, im going to shorten the tail quit a bit.
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Thanks for looking!

OLD THREAD FROM SOHC/4, just wanted to share it with you guys.


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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:11 pm

The tail burned in, its not painted for real just sprayed it so it didnt rust.

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i like the way it turned out, started making my upper shock mounts also.
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:14 pm

Disaster with the original tank made it necessary, to go on the hunt for a different one which put a big halt on progress. then i found a tank and shocks!

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here is an example of my awesome welding skills! lol
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now the bike is a roller, getting ready to start the process of making a seat.

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More to come...
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by Phate » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:18 pm

Looks awesome dude!
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:03 pm

Thanks man, I forgot how messed up that thing was. Lol
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by Phate » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:03 pm

stolle wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:03 pm
Thanks man, I forgot how messed up that thing was. Lol
I've needed a bike again for a looong time.
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:47 pm

This is what it looks like now, I took a little over 3 years to get it to this point. working on it here and there, last summer was the first full season of riding it and I rode up until around July of this year when I bought my FZ-07. Back on April 7th I got rear ended sitting at a stoplight by a drunk lady in a mini van, she had no insurance, she left the scene and told the cops she drove up and I was already on the ground. Bike didn't really get damaged too bad, dent in the seat (from my ass hitting it) and a broken bolt on the chain tensioner. Fixed it pretty quick, the mini van had the front bumper hanging off and the front passenger tire was flat. These old CB's can really take a hit! I on the other hand still have issues with my back and my left leg.

It still runs great, I dont ride it though, its no longer licensed and its not for sale.
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by 01-692R » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:45 pm

Bike looks good. You going for the same look at color with the current one your working on?
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Re: stolle's 1974 Honda CB550

Post by stolle » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:15 pm

Both of them pretty much are staying the way they are. I still want to get a fender eleminator and some different indicators for the FZ. Someday when I can afford it exhaust and reflash the ECU.
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