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Author Topic: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget  (Read 28369 times)

Offline NoRiders

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #225 on: Oct 15, 2016, 05:57:48 »
..... if I call it a satchel?

Yes, yes yes....it is a satchel.  ;)



...and the local pizza place turned me down :-(

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #226 on: Oct 15, 2016, 13:32:20 »
Had a day out planned which went well until I heard/felt a knock knock from the bike when riding the dual carriageway.



Turns out to be a sprocket stud had worked itself out and was contacting the swingarm and adjuster brackets.



Fortunately, my mate has his shop just up the road, I'd come out with zero tools of course  ::), so he popped out with some spanners to help. We turned out the stud, tightened the other nuts and I rode it to his place. Stud refitted and all was well. Only an hour set back....so onwards to my biker mate.



He's just turned out this very tidy 1978 Honda 400twin cafe, it sure sounds nice on the megaphones. We blasted to a local biker cafe and met up with a HD rider/mate. Great day out with friends on our bikes.....it's what I built it for  :D





Mine had a few folk scratchin' their heads trying to work out what the hell my bikes was....haha!

I did a deal with the cafe/bike boutique owner, he sold me his last pair of enduro boots for £155 and I sold him one of my electric water heaters for £100.....very pleased I have to say.

I'll now go over the bike to check each fixing and continue with the finishing off jobs.

Thanks for checking in.




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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #227 on: Oct 15, 2016, 13:39:20 »
The bike looks great sir. Glad you're out riding it before the cold sets in


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CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #228 on: Oct 15, 2016, 13:39:30 »
Top stuff!

Glad you're getting some use before the weather turns


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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #229 on: Oct 15, 2016, 14:06:05 »
Thanks guys.....it sure was sunny today....until it rained.........I'd gotten home by then haha!

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #230 on: Oct 15, 2016, 16:09:33 »
Not just a ride out but a bit of adventure too haha, we've all been there at the side of the road glad it was something simple and didn't spoil the fun guess the stocking filler xmas present sorted a bike tool kit to put in the satchel enjoy mate & ride safe
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Offline Alex jb

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #231 on: Oct 16, 2016, 06:56:26 »
guess the stocking filler xmas present sorted a bike tool kit to put in the satchel enjoy mate & ride safe
Yorkie is bang on there!

How does the swing arm look?  Did the stud machine much material out?



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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #232 on: Oct 16, 2016, 09:02:39 »
Yorkie is bang on there!

How does the swing arm look?  Did the stud machine much material out?



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Ha.... I plan to have a basic tool kit, with allen keys included as well mind you ;)

The stud did grind out some material from the swingarm and adjuster widget, about 1mm deep and 6mm wide, I think that amount shouldn't present an issue of weakness, would it? I've seen more than that taken out for tyre clearance on other builds. The swing arm casting is quite chunky in that area.
I can replace the adjuster.



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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #233 on: Oct 22, 2016, 11:23:44 »
Back from another cracking day at Kempton Park Motorcycle Auto Jumble, had a great scrounge around and picked up some of what I wanted....as I always seem to do at this event  :D

Best score was the Bell openface custom for £120 which came with a Bell carrier bag which is cool. Also,picked up a Bergen hex drove T bar kit, as most of the fixings on the CBX are Allen bolts, I've found having a tool like this will be a big help.

Replacement indicator body (had to buy the set), stainless cable ties and a demo bottle of non acid/chemical water based bike cleaner to trial.


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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #234 on: Oct 23, 2016, 13:58:28 »
My daughter and her boyfriend stayed for the weekend, so a trip out on the bikes was too good to turn down. Sunshine day and my little ray of sunshine made for a great day out.



Popped by the local biker cafe which left a few scratchin' their heads trying to make out WTF my bike is all about. Old boys spot the 400/4 tank and maybe recognise the CBX brakes.....I enjoy the intrigue and chat.

Later, outside the COSTA coffee shop.





Keep on bikin'  :D

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #235 on: Nov 26, 2016, 13:34:19 »
A fine day for a quick blast and found myself across the road from our place in the nature reserve for a couple of moody autumnal snaps.







Not done much recently, but I do have a few odd jobs to finish off.

Remove centre stand
Clean and paint underside
Fit number roundel/side panel
Lower the headlight
Lower the speedo
Fit bar mirror
Source/fit engine breather
Decide how I want to finish the tank.....:/
« Last Edit: Nov 26, 2016, 13:37:36 by NoRiders »

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #236 on: Nov 26, 2016, 17:31:43 »
Is it difficult to get parts the CBX550 over there?  I only ask because I have one as well. 

Nice pics, too.
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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #237 on: Nov 26, 2016, 19:03:28 »
Is it difficult to get parts the CBX550 over there?  I only ask because I have one as well. 

Nice pics, too.

Thanx C&C, just phone snaps. I'll have some better images when I finish the details.

There's always been a few CBX550 breaking and lots of spares for reasonable money on fleabay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Motorcycle-Parts/10063/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=cbx550&rt=nc&_dmd=2

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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #238 on: Nov 27, 2016, 00:48:37 »
Nice! Seems like you took a strange bike and made it cool too!
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Re: CBX550-Brat/urban scrambler on a budget
« Reply #239 on: Nov 27, 2016, 01:34:27 »
Bike looks great. Glad you have some time to enjoy it. I can definitely get on board with the lower headlight, but why remove the center stand? I've done it and regret it every time I work on the sucker


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