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Author Topic: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig  (Read 4977 times)

Offline mothgils

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1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« on: Jan 19, 2017, 10:28:13 »
Well I figured I should start a build thread in hopes that it will keep me motivated to finish in a timely manner.


Anyway, I wanted to build a bike that I could ride most anywhere: around town, long highway hauls, backroads, gravel and even some dirt.  The only "logical" bike to me was another CB550.  I have my '74 cafe project (see link below-still in pieces) and sold a 76' CB550 SS to buy my current daily - 2006 SV650.  To me the 550 is a great bike, a good mix between the 350 and 750.  Not really an ideal candidate for a scrambler but that's why I like it.  I want it to be ready for anything that can be thrown at it and it's heavy ie : Warpig.


Over the past 3 years I have slowly accumulated parts (some for my other build that will be used) and got some great deals recently to begin this project. I plan to keep the frame mostly stock and a stock reliable motor.  Suspension will be a CB750 front end (1.5" taller than stock 550 front end) and taller Hagons on the rear to compensate.  I plan to fab some sort of rear rack for gear long with sidebags/panniers that can be removable.


Trying to get this built by May (no pressure)


Enough blab....here is the start


Picked up a frame for cheap locally (sourced a second for cheap as well and will be using it)





Built a second rolling workstand so I could keep both projects going, store parts and roll away when not in use. Also, in the top right of this pic is the motor.  Yes, it is currently smurf blue (not for long).





Picked up a tank and seat locally and the frame pictured, along with carbs, fender, and headlight bucket for $80



In the background is my '74 550 Cafe project that has been in the same state for 3 years or so.


Here is a mockup with the CB750 front (stock rear) and the wheels.  Tires will be swapped for Heidenau K60 Scouts



I will update more this weekend.
« Last Edit: Jan 19, 2017, 10:33:05 by mothgils »
'74 CB550 build thread - http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13680.msg130739#new
'76 CB550 "Scrambler" Project Warpig - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72747.0
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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #1 on: Jan 19, 2017, 16:25:27 »
I dig where this is going, and I love that I wasn't the only person who thought a gs450e tank would look awesome on a cafe 550
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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2017, 16:41:09 »
Looking good, Andrew! Are those still my forks on your 74'? Can't remember what else you got from me that year at VMD.
93' GSXR1100, 78' CB550 and 05' Ural Patrol (2WD winter ride).

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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2017, 17:01:15 »
Looking good, Andrew! Are those still my forks on your 74'? Can't remember what else you got from me that year at VMD.
Actually the CB750 front I got from you is going on this build! The '74 has stockers for now.


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'74 CB550 build thread - http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13680.msg130739#new
'76 CB550 "Scrambler" Project Warpig - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72747.0
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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #5 on: Jan 20, 2017, 08:37:00 »
93' GSXR1100, 78' CB550 and 05' Ural Patrol (2WD winter ride).

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'74 CB550 build thread - http://dotheton.com/index.php?topic=13680.msg130739#new
'76 CB550 "Scrambler" Project Warpig - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=72747.0
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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #7 on: Jan 20, 2017, 13:23:30 »
DO IT!
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #8 on: Jan 20, 2017, 13:34:00 »
I'm just here for the LOLZ

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Re: 1976 CB550 Scrambler - Project Warpig
« Reply #9 on: Jan 20, 2017, 13:49:44 »
signing up.
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