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Author Topic: 1973 CB500 resto-mod  (Read 5169 times)

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #75 on: May 09, 2017, 13:03:43 »
Man that's pretty.
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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #76 on: May 10, 2017, 12:47:23 »
 FINALLY got my stuff back from the chrome shop.



 I had a CL350 tail light bracket chromed. It looks like the original, but smaller.




 Got everything on the bike. I'll probably go ahead and install the seat now. I'll position the GPS antenna to be as discreet as possible back there. I could probably go ahead and install the tank and side covers, but I'd really like to figure out what's up with the tach first. I'll leave that stuff off for easy access to all the wiring.






Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #77 on: May 10, 2017, 12:48:58 »
Purrdy.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline scott s

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #78 on: May 10, 2017, 18:04:35 »
 Installed the NOS seat today. The ONLY thing that's stopping me from installing the bodywork is waiting for a noise filter for the Speedhut tach to get here. I don't want to take the tank on and off to access the wiring anymore than I have to.

 The seat and pan are beautiful. Even the logo.




 This bike had the complete factory tool kit in the original bag, that nifty fuse holder (that originally had 3 fuses, but I broke one taking it out. I have some spares in the tool kit), and even the original owners manual.




Offline scott s

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #79 on: May 11, 2017, 14:33:43 »
 Picked up an NOS kickstand (because I had cut off the ball on the old one and I ended up needing it) and had it tapped for a set screw.




 This allows me to lift the stand without it hitting the pipe. This pic makes the gap look bigger than it really is. I might be able to go in another thread or two and tuck it up a little closer if needed.


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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #80 on: May 17, 2017, 19:57:40 »
 Waiting on mirrors, and there's minor tweaking to do, including possibly dyno tuning, but this one's basically DONE!











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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #81 on: May 17, 2017, 19:59:05 »
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Offline scott s

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #82 on: May 17, 2017, 21:43:42 »
 Here's a vid. You may notice I was having trouble shifting into 3rd gear. I'm having an issue with the 400F shifter. I can't seem to adjust the "slop" or free play out of the linkage. It's moving WAY too much before moving the shift shaft.
 I'm not sure what's going on, as this is the 3rd bike I've used them on. I referred to my old pics and such but can't seem to figure it out. The good news is that I have all the stock parts and, when I slapped on a stock peg and shifter, everything works just fine. I might just clean up/detail/paint/polish the stock stuff and use it for now. I'm anxious to get it out of the neighborhood and get some shakedown miles on it!


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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2017, 22:06:01 »
 And a few more with better light. No washed out emblems on the tank.




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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #84 on: May 19, 2017, 07:36:28 »
Very, very nice work man. Looks better than new.
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Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #85 on: May 19, 2017, 18:08:25 »
Looks great, man I love those pipes!
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Offline Melburn.CB500/4

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #86 on: May 20, 2017, 19:23:42 »
Great job that bike looks bewdiful!

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #87 on: May 20, 2017, 20:40:04 »
Because of work, getting sick, etc., I've managed to put a grand total of about 13 miles on this bike since finishing it.  :-\

 Initial impressions:

- The R6 front end, iKon shocks and Avon tires give an AMAZING ride and really good handling.
- The jetting is really close, but I think I can get it better. I'm trying to schedule some dyno tuning.
- The reproduction style 14mm master cylinder has a somewhat soft feel at the lever, but the brakes are really, really good. I'm talking two-finger good. EBC pads up front, EBC shoes out back. Drilling that hole on the brake arm for better leverage is noticeable, too. Very good brakes all around.
- The pipes aren't as loud as I expected, especially after hearing Flatlander's review. Nice growl, rips alittle at higher RPM.
- It's comfy. The NOS seat and 400F bars give me a nice riding position. Especially with the nice suspension. In the past, when I've seen pics of me on a 500/550, I've always thought "Gee, that bike doesn't feel as small as it looks in that pic". The Honda middleweights really "fit", to me.

Offline Pan1cReaper

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #88 on: May 21, 2017, 13:03:26 »
I cant get over the stock tail lights but thats just me. The bike looks great. The forks blend right in with the oem+ look. The pipes are awesome and I want one of those gauges.

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Re: 1973 CB500 resto-mod
« Reply #89 on: May 21, 2017, 16:03:01 »
 The tail light isn't stock.... exactly.....

 It's a CL350 tail light that I had chromed. Same style as stock, but much smaller. It's all about being subtle. ;)