Archive for Honda CB 550K

A sad, snowy Honda CB550…

After sitting for 8 months, the Honda CB550 gets snowed in...

After sitting for 8 months, the Honda CB550 gets snowed in…

When I made the move to Vermont, I was not able to get all my stuff in the moving truck.  So a few things were left behind, including the Honda CB550 I had worked so hard on… » Read more..

Honda CB 550 fork rebuild: Part 2

Done!

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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Honda CB 550 fork rebuild: Part 1

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..

New Rebuilt Wheel for the Honda CB 550

Before and After...

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..

New Chopped Fender for the Honda CB 550

Black, and oh so small...

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..