Well, I got back down to MotoPreserve and finished up the Honda CB 550 fork rebuild. The result is hopefully smoother, more stable ride. Based on the “oil” that came out of the forks, I would say this was LONG overdue…
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With my imminent departure for Barber Vintage Days in Alabama, I figured it was about time to get down to business with my Honda CB 550 fork rebuild. I had gathered all the parts for this procedure long ago, buying new fork seals, Progressive Springs, and some fresh oil. I was lucky enough to have found this VIDEO: watched it several times and took notes. The hurdles seemed minor, compared to some procedures on this bike, so I launched into it with gusto. » Read more..
Over the winter, I rebuilt a spoked wheel that I had purchased as a replacement for the one that came on my Honda CB 550 K. The fact that I was able to get a complete set-up, made the job worthwhile, and I was able to fix it up at my leisure. Also, the fact that I could continue riding while I worked on it was key. So, I took the thing apart to its core, stripped to a rim, an empty hub and some spokes. I purchased sealed bearings, to fit where the stock ball bearing used to be. This is an improvement in technology that you can witness firsthand, and the company Alls Balls makes them specifically for this bike, in a handy kit, that gives you everything you need. » Read more..
OK. So I may have sided with the “purists” when it came to Bryan Fuller and his chopping the beautiful 1969 Honda CB 750. But this bike I have is not in the same league. And anyway, I got a beater fender to practice on, and didn’t mess it up, so I still have my stock one, if I want to put the old chrome, pitted piece back on there. » Read more..
For those of you who have followed the drama of the great Honda CB 550 carb rebuild of 2011, or if you are joining in because you need to do this yourself, hopefully this will be a somewhat happy ending, to a long, long tale. » Read more..