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Author Topic: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550  (Read 15538 times)

Offline KDI Cycles (cb550fcafe)

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return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« on: Nov 15, 2011, 11:02:56 »
I started a different thread with two bike builds, I really need to seperate them. This bike is a build I've been thinking about for years. It is a 1975 CB550F. The bike was very rough when I got it.

Plans, single sided swing arm, modern front end, modern brakes, swap meet parts to be used throughout, modern electronics Mgadget, big bore engine, lots of engine upgrades.

So far, purchased a 1991 VFR swing arm, Marchesini wheels, CBR 929 front end, Dunstall fairing, belly pan, Kawasaki tank, Lossa 4 into 1.

Started cutting it up. Made a pilot to fit into a hole saw that centered the saw around the stock swing arm mounts, used 1 1/4" od solid steel, cut two slugs to weld in, drilled out center the same id as the VFR swing arm, made a couple of alignment pieces and welded in new swing arm bungs. I am making all my mods to the frame and not the bolts ons so if a part goes bad, I can easily replace it with a stock piece.

Then, to fit the Kawi tank, I had to remove the fat part of the back bone, I am also planning to run CR carbs so the two bars behind the carbs needed to be moved anyway, so "f" it, cut it all off and start over. Braced up a few things and cut the back bone out. More pics to come.

Here it is as purchased.


Swing arm bungs.



Back bone.

Offline 66replica

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #1 on: Nov 15, 2011, 11:14:49 »
Signing up for this

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #2 on: Nov 15, 2011, 11:17:52 »
Yep, I'm in.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #3 on: Nov 15, 2011, 17:32:22 »
Yep, looks like this could be a fun one.

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #4 on: Nov 15, 2011, 20:05:35 »
Your swingarm pivot work looks great Brother, I always enjoy watching other craftsman building frames so this will be a nice thread!
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Offline KDI Cycles (cb550fcafe)

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #5 on: Nov 16, 2011, 01:44:37 »
Got fired today, didn't see this one coming. 15 years invested. new guy f'd me good. either I'll have more time to finish this bike or I'll be too broke to try, either way, I'm getting drunk tonight!
ps.  thnks TIM!

Offline skatetheame

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return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #6 on: Nov 16, 2011, 02:06:30 »
Damn that sucks man. I'll drink one for ya!
Shred or be Dead!!!

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #7 on: Nov 16, 2011, 09:13:21 »
Sucks to hear man.
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Offline Kickeroo

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #8 on: Nov 17, 2011, 15:15:55 »
truly sux!

Offline KDI Cycles (cb550fcafe)

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Re: return to Barber 2012, 1975 CB550
« Reply #9 on: Nov 20, 2011, 20:46:32 »
Thanks guys for the support.

Got back to working on the bike yesterday, finished mounting the swing arm, got the GSXR shock linkage all tacked in, made all the rear tubing but batteries went dead. Here are two pics I took. Yes the kawi tank is the one I'm using.