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Author Topic: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550  (Read 565 times)

Offline Trace

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My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« on: Apr 30, 2017, 05:22:46 »
Hi all,
I introduced myself back in January when I first brought home my "shed find". I didn't start a project thread at the time as I wasn't sure which direction I was going to take with her: restoration or cafe. To be honest at this point, I'm still not sure. I want to ride her for a bit before I commit in a particular direction, but I'm leaning more towards some cafe inspired changes.
This is when I first picked her up.





Since then I've slowly been making slow progress; new tyres, sprocket, chain, tank clean, gaskets and carbs worked on. She's now running quite smoothly mechanically. So much so that I got a bit ahead of myself and took her a little spin around the back yard. Still no brakes and no fork oil, so just a little putt around. The huge hole in the rusted out headers make her sound more like a tractor than a Honda, but the little ride was enough to make me a bit excited about how much I may enjoy her.



Now to start on the brakes, forks and exhaust so I can get her roadworthy.

This will be a slow moving thread. My initial goal is to get her roadworthy and ride a bit before I start on any design elements.
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Sportster 08 XLN ~ Nyx
Honda 82 CBX550f ~ Muse

Just trying to get as much out of life as I can!
My other escape: www.photobytrace.com

Offline stroker crazy

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Re: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« Reply #1 on: Apr 30, 2017, 10:05:31 »
I want to ride her for a bit before I commit in a particular direction …

Good thinking!

Looking forward to seeing which way it goes.

Crazy
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Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« Reply #2 on: Apr 30, 2017, 13:44:31 »
I have one of these, I will be watching too.
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Offline julian.allard66

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Re: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« Reply #3 on: Apr 30, 2017, 15:30:28 »
Great looking bike as it is, if it were mine I'd fit a modern front end, a matching rear wheel and then you'd have conventional brakes, but it's your bike so do what you want to

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Offline Alex jb

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Re: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 04:46:55 »
Nice work so far.
I think they are a great looking modern classic, the brakes are a real feature so I'd keep em, but I run cable drums so what do I know about stopping power?!


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Offline allanscaferacer

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Re: My Project - 1982 Honda CBX550
« Reply #5 on: Jun 11, 2017, 14:53:24 »
Lovely looking bike, i have just bought a 1983 myself and i am going down the same route with a cafe racer, what modern front ends will fit straight in to the existing fork clamps though?


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