1975 CB550K “that GULF bike”

Ringo

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Scored this old thing. Some hack did a little work to it…at least an alright base to work from. We’ll see how it goes.

So here’s the original thread. It’s a long and winding read. I’ll summarize what has been done already and where I’m looking to go a few posts down..

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Ringo

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Tough crowd. Alright it’s me, I’m the hack (literally). I stumbled my way through building this bike with the help of this forum a decade or so ago. Then sold it shortly after and have regretted it since. A couple months ago I was given the opportunity to buy it back and you bet your ass I did.

Can’t tell you how happy I am to see this thing in person again, and ride it! It’s actually not the death machine I had convinced myself it was. Seller’s remorse justification? I don’t know.

It arrived running on 3 cylinders and sounding bad. But it turned out to be an easy fix—I’ll get into that later—and it’s running great now. That said, I’m not done with it. There’s a lot of stuff I had planned and never did, so it looks like this winter will be busy.

I’m excited to be back here, see a few old faces.
 

pidjones

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Tough crowd. Alright it’s me, I’m the hack (literally). I stumbled my way through building this bike with the help of this forum a decade or so ago. Then sold it shortly after and have regretted it since. A couple months ago I was given the opportunity to buy it back and you bet your ass I did.
Maybe (at least for me) hesitant to follow the "hack" comment, as at least on first glance it looks quite right. Do you have any changes planned or in progress that you care to clue us on?
 

irk miller

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Great build from the start. Nice to see you get it back. I had a chopper come back into my garage that I had sold 3 years before. I tried to get it back, but the guy hadn't finished ruining it yet. Glad yours has stayed mostly intact.
 

Ringo

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Maybe (at least for me) hesitant to follow the "hack" comment, as at least on first glance it looks quite right. Do you have any changes planned or in progress that you care to clue us on?
The list will evolve as I get into it, but right now I know it needs new valve guides and seals, and I probably ought to just go new valves and heavier springs too. And sheesh maybe a light port job. I forget which cam I installed the first time, but it feels like it wants to breathe better at higher rpms.

I definitely need to find some lighter rims too. I had no reference for how heavy the stock hoops were last time I owned this bike, but it was the first thing I noticed when I rode it a couple days ago.

Ergonomics- I’m not sold on how I had it set up before. Might take some creativity as i didn’t give myself any options for peg mount location.

lots of other little things, and a full stainless exhaust that I can use as the perfect excuse to finally buy a tig welder!
 

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Glad to see you and the bike back! I've been thinking about chasing my XS that I sold down and buying it back for 1/2 of what I sold it for ;)
 

Ringo

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Glad to see you and the bike back! I've been thinking about chasing my XS that I sold down and buying it back for 1/2 of what I sold it for ;)
Well it seems like the cafe craze is finally winding down, so, buyers market baby!
 

Ringo

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Great build from the start. Nice to see you get it back. I had a chopper come back into my garage that I had sold 3 years before. I tried to get it back, but the guy hadn't finished ruining it yet. Glad yours has stayed mostly intact.
Thanks, yeah it’s virtually unchanged from when I sold it. Couple nice new machined parts that the owner finished but that’s it. Stoked.

I am one man who understands sellers remorse! Beautiful bike.
Thanks dude!
 

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