Mike’s Honda CB550: welding

The boys prep for welding on the Honda CB550...

The boys prep for welding on the Honda CB550…

Mike has recently been busy with work outside the shop, so his time at MotoPreserve has been limited.  Recently, he’s back at the garage for some customization to his Honda CB550…

Honda CB550 welding: safety first?

Dodging sparks thrown from welding passenger pegs to the Honda CB550...

Dodging sparks thrown from welding passenger pegs to the Honda CB550…

When last we heard of Mike’s Honda CB550, he was wrestling with his carbs, trying to get the stutter and stumble out of the 1/2 throttle position.  The problem was: he found a stripped screw inside the throttle body of one of the carbs, preventing access to the needle.

Stalled, Mike decided it was time to address the missing passenger pegs, as well as clean up the “triangle” under the seat.  There is some debate among purists Kerry, you out there?) about this move, but since it was half-way there, it seemed to make sense for this build.  The space where the stock air box goes had been partially emptied by the removal of the stock air box, but had been left “unfinished.”  Mike decided to clear it out, make it more tidy, and complete the look.  A battery tray was needed, so Jarred, Christian and Mike launched into another James Bond style design, including trap door, and jarred got it welded p nice and tight.

The next step was to put some passenger pegs back on the bike.  So some cutting, grinding and welding got the pegs on, and I have to say, they look FAR better than the stock jobbers, which are way to big and bulky for the look of the bike.

We are anxiously waiting to see the end-result of this build (not as anxious as Mike, I’m sure!)…

 

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