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Author Topic: '75 CB550K1 Gulf - Round...3, the fun stuff  (Read 270390 times)

Offline Ringo

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'75 CB550K1 Gulf - Round...3, the fun stuff
« on: Oct 31, 2010, 14:58:50 »
Picked it up yesterday.  It's a sound runner, in good tune.  The plan is to do a ground up build, completely strip everything and start from scratch.  I haven't decided on color or well anything yet.  Wish I had more to report at the moment, but I figured I'd just get my build thread started with this.

« Last Edit: Oct 11, 2012, 11:55:45 by Ringo »
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Offline t71ford

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Re: '75 CB550
« Reply #1 on: Oct 31, 2010, 18:36:47 »
Wow! nice find! That is a lot better shape than I had figured. Has an exhaust, too...I want to see it in person :o
Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles….Hunter S. Thompson

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Re: '75 CB550
« Reply #2 on: Oct 31, 2010, 18:49:43 »
Yeah, the motor runs strong and the exhaust sounds great- just a little quiet for my taste.   ;D  I'm pretty happy with it.

Sad to say I won't be joining you on any more rides until spring though.  I want to tear into the 550 and make sure everything's up to snuff before I ride it again.  The 400 got dropped, and is out for the count, so from now on, nobody rides my bikes unless they are as good or better a rider than me! You'd think I would've learned the first time...
« Last Edit: Nov 08, 2010, 15:30:59 by Ringo »
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Re: '75 CB550
« Reply #3 on: Nov 01, 2010, 00:54:00 »
ouch! at least it is pretty much the end  of the season!
Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles….Hunter S. Thompson

Offline verboten1

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Re: '75 CB550
« Reply #4 on: Nov 01, 2010, 01:06:23 »
wow i wish my project started with something that nice!
1975 CB550F  Frankenbike, parting out
1982 XV920....longest owned, newest project
2000 KLR685...made it to the arctic ocean...
2001 Ninja 250...The wifes bike
2008 Ninja 250... Holy crap is this thing fun!

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Re: '75 CB550 "Autumn"
« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 2010, 16:46:35 »
Shit, nice starting point.

Sorry to hear about your 400.  I really dug on that bike...especially the exhaust.  You know what they say, "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice...."

At least now you have the opportunity to one-up yourself.

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Re: '75 CB550 "Autumn"
« Reply #6 on: Nov 08, 2010, 16:56:17 »
Thanks man.  I will admit that I half-assed the 400, so if I give this one the attention it deserves, it should turn out pretty nice.
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Re: '75 CB550 "Autumn"
« Reply #7 on: Nov 08, 2010, 17:30:08 »
I don't think I would say it was half-assed.    Your standards have just gotten higher.

My first vintage bike was a '76 CB550.  The only mod I made to it was clubman bars (and I paid a shop to do it), but to me it was "cafe".   If I had it today, at the very least, I would have ditched the starter, put on some new exhaust, threw on some mini-billet signals, clubmans and a new fiberglass seat, and I'd have done the work myself.

I wouldn't rag on someone for "only" having clubman bars or anything, but I would no longer be satisfied with that as the only mod on my bike.
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Re: '75 CB550 "Autumn"
« Reply #8 on: Nov 08, 2010, 18:08:50 »
You know, you're right.  I would have saved myself a pretty penny if a year ago I knew what I know now, too.  Live and learn!
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Re: '75 CB550 "Autumn"
« Reply #9 on: Nov 21, 2010, 22:14:58 »
Been doing a bunch of reading on sohc4 today and with crazypj's help, I've convinced myself to do a cb750 piston swap/2.5 or 2.75mm overbore and a 650 cam swap.  Should end up with around 590cc and waken the motor right up.
Chris