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Author Topic: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget  (Read 25773 times)

Offline NoRiders

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CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« on: Dec 03, 2015, 13:37:24 »
Hi everyone, Newbie checking in. Just though to share my project with the DTT collective as I am keen to gain knowledge and critique from those what do this better than what I does.

My name is Colin,I'm 56 and live in UK nr Oxford. I run my own business as well as paint and decorate for a living. I am into classic VW aircooled vehicles, attend VW events with my club buddies and live with meJoolia and 3x cats.

So, I've owned a perfectly stock Honda CBX550 since the mid 90's and rode it for over a year as my daily. It came to me with a Givi top box and rode nicely once I stuck a Bridgestone tyre on the front. The shonky Shinko on the rear never inspired confidence but at the time I was on a very limited budget to it stayed. It last ran on the road in 2003 when I moved house and rode it there.

Fast forward to 2014 and I had a hankering to throw a leg over it again. I never got rid and I always liked to say I have a bike haha!

Now, what to do with a 27K running bike that looks dated, had no special interest, not a collectors piece and not worth much....hmmmm?? I'd began to notice an undercurrent within the biking scene that didn't apply to modern sports bikes, or neither streetfighters....brat bikes were out n about. I liked the look and ethics and, as much as I don't want a beard, I liked the rebellious side to modifying a bike along retro lines with a modern take on certain aspects of the build.

This was how my Brat on a Budget project was born.

Here's it as was:



an early influencer...



..a bit dusty, but all there.



Now I should've started it, but I know this trusty old Honda runs just fine so a got right into the breakdown.



That's a mocked up seat to give me an idea it was going to look right....it looks right ;-)

Got to tidy this mess up...



The usual bucket of grubby parts to clean....



...some of the grubby parts cleaned :-)





More to follow....
« Last Edit: Dec 03, 2015, 14:26:33 by NoRiders »

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #1 on: Dec 03, 2015, 13:54:33 »
Con't...

Modified the seat a touch, mocked up the subframe U section and hung a small rear light to get the feel....starting to see the potential now.



Seat hump in place, ready to be welded. I found a good used MIG locally for not a lot which will do for me to learn on.

I love a bit of detailing, so I replaced the rusty metal grill with a punched stainless grill and painted the brake/hubs in rattle can 'stainless steel' wheel paint....this is on a budget after all!

This bike is closer to the look I'm going for....



So I ordered these....


..but after a major let down by the supplier, I settled on MEFO Sport from Zenoverland, highly recommended by the staff who actually use these tyres.

ZEN Link: http://www.zenoverland.com/tyres_tubes/mefo_explorer.html

Here's a detailed view of the punched s/s grills on the brake hub/cover....turned out nice I think.



I want the bike to have a level of practicality so have decided to retain the chain guard...but funk it up a bit.



I'm going for drilled holes along the entire length and sprayed satin black. Not done it yet.

Coated the 4-1 zorst with BBQ paint....man, I should've read the manual, it required the paint to be 'cured' at very hight temps. Easy if the bike was running....I had to use a 500w worklamp to get it hot enough to dry it at least!



Wrapped the down pipes in two different coloured wrap...I was trying to make it look like a twin by highlighting the outside pipes and using black on the inner pipes, but it didn't work out.

Some of the other parts came out nice though.

Been reading about a jet kit for the Keihins to make them deliver smoother power, got this on my watch list.



More to follow....




Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #2 on: Dec 04, 2015, 11:36:48 »
Although I love the original tank, and it's in great condition I thought it too good for this project. Sniffed out a 500/4 tank with flip filler, slabsides and horizontal lower seam.

Rough but complete with petcock and sits in place just fine.



Stripped the multiple layers of paint, including a flamed paint job...so it's been customised before.

During...



..and with a generous coating or three of rattlecan high build..



..nice n slim. I like the engine covers poking out a touch.



I plan to rattlecan paint it with a few flourishes here and there to finish the look.

More to follow....


Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #3 on: Dec 05, 2015, 15:37:37 »
Slightly out of sync...but thought I'd share my most excellent day out at Kempton Pk, Surrey, despite the frantic wind, was as good as ever. Loads of good stuff to be had and keen prices to be haggled.

This is my swag for the day....



DOH....I missed out a picture of three s/s dome nuts for the speedo refurb...I'm sure you don't need to see them!

Gloves - Richer brown summer gloves with snap tab = £10

Honda speedo circa 1978-90 Inc mounting plate) ideal size, needs an easy refurb = £10
Dome nuts(x3) = £4


Aluminium front mudguard (used) = £10
Chrome guard hanger = £10


Athena pattern fork seal kit = £10

Zorst gasket rings = £6

All in all, a very good day out. Thank you Kempton Pk Auto Jumble.

Well worth the early start to brave the biting breeze. Saw some awesome old Montesa, Ossa, Triumph, Matchless, Ducati & Yamaha scramblers/trials bikes.....if only I had the money and space to use them. There were some 'for sale' and others in the indoor show n shine.

Next job - strip and refurb forks....ooeerrr :-/

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #4 on: Dec 05, 2015, 16:36:13 »
Alright, alright........I'll show you all my secret snaffle. 5 of our English £s secured me this little treasure which I will suspend from the rear seat subframe in an adventurer fashion.

Handy place for my TicTac and playing card survival kit....heheh!



For scale and interest...



The back..



The seller thought it might be German?? All I know is it's cool and will look very smart in place methinks. Hope you all like as well?

Thanks for checking in. Colin

« Last Edit: Dec 05, 2015, 16:41:09 by NoRiders »

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #5 on: Dec 05, 2015, 22:12:18 »
Nice bits. 
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
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A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Offline DohcBikes

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #6 on: Dec 05, 2015, 22:15:31 »
Those bags are classy.
burning bridges sometimes light the most productive paths

Offline cxman

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #7 on: Dec 06, 2015, 09:08:57 »
do you have or know where i can get a crank for that bike?
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1980 XS650
1980 cx500  The Beast
1983 GL650 i
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 CB450
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1977  gl1000
1976 gl1000 LTD
 1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #8 on: Dec 06, 2015, 09:42:47 »
do you have or know where i can get a crank for that bike?

Hi CXman, You could try this dealer http://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk/CBX550/ they are UK based and don't list a crank but they are a well known Honda parts dealer and may know of where you could get hold of your crank?

I've had a quick look on UK ebay but nothing, not even an engine.

Good luck with your search.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #9 on: Dec 06, 2015, 09:45:16 »
Nice bits.

Thanx CC, I'm very pleased and love attending this event, wish there were more like this. Folk seem to favour internet sourcing which has an impact on proper swapmeet events in the UK...apathy could kill them off which is a shame. Attendance is critical to keep these events alive. Plus srounging thorugh rusty/greasy shit will always turn up a nugget of gold  ;D

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #10 on: Dec 06, 2015, 09:48:24 »
Those bags are classy.

Thank you Dohc, My best spot of the day IMO. They shall be the final piece to attach to the bike to signal completeness...a kind of topping out ceremony  ;D


Just need to figure how to attach them.....I'm thinking a thick wire bracket to support and attach to the seat subframe?

Any other ideas?

Offline cxman

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #11 on: Dec 06, 2015, 15:13:50 »
i have asked david last time i spoke to him he did not have one

i have a buddy in canada that has one and it needs a crank
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1980 XS650
1980 cx500  The Beast
1983 GL650 i
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 CB450
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1977  gl1000
1976 gl1000 LTD
 1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #12 on: Dec 10, 2015, 10:08:13 »
i have asked david last time i spoke to him he did not have one

i have a buddy in canada that has one and it needs a crank

I'm always searching UK ebay for CBX550 parts, I'll keep an eye out for a crank or complete engine for you cxman.

Offline cxman

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #13 on: Dec 10, 2015, 10:18:58 »
thanks
1978 CX650 Super Deluxe
1979 XS1100 Special
1980 XS650
1980 cx500  The Beast
1983 GL650 i
1983 cx650 Custom
1973 CB450
1973 cb750
1980 cb750
1981 cb650
1982 cb900 c
1977  gl1000
1976 gl1000 LTD
 1983 GL1100 Nekid
and a bunch of others

Offline Maritime

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #14 on: Dec 10, 2015, 10:24:22 »
i have asked david last time i spoke to him he did not have one

i have a buddy in canada that has one and it needs a crank

I was just about to say you may find one here as they sold the bike for a few years.  I have a bone yard not far away, I'll reach out and see if they have any cranks.

Nice work so far Colin, I almost bought one of these as my first bike but it needed more work than I was comfortable with at that time so I passed.
The GL Rebirth: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68337.0
CX500 Low budget Bobber : http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=43617.0
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