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Offline Seabeowner

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2017, 12:13:47 PM »
Bike show pics from MM March 72. Exhibition RHS halls Jan 72. Anyone remember these shows?  Went a couple of times.

And just to add to the K0 thread. Not it's not very clear in the shots if it has stickers on the side panels.
BUT in the full length shot of Jon and the lady (who is sitting halfway up the tank with her right leg on the tacho), it is clear (just) that it does have the stickers.
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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2017, 12:29:21 PM »
I did a couple of RHS shows in the Ltd 70s when I was a student in Brighton. It was the Racing & Sporting show.


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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2017, 01:12:13 PM »
Wonder if it's the same Show Dick was at.
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Incidentally,via Facebook.  for my register  of UK bikes, a guy called Mick who was the workshop foreman at Freddie Frith's in Grimsby sent me this about Dick Emery (Dick went on to buy CB750K0 BYU762H)

Mick:-Dick was appearing in Cleethorpes and came to our shop, Freddie Frith Ltd in Grimsby one afternoon and was shown around the new CB750 by Freddie himself before riding it up and down our yard with Freddie on the back! 😊

Ashley Derrick Wow brilliant bit of info there Mick !

Mick:  There is a picture of the event somewhere Ashley , just wish I could remember where! 😁

Ashley Derrick:- His bike was an early import. Mine I owned at one time was from 1st batch in Jan '70.... seems he probably sussed one out in Grimsby whilst on tour, liked it and went on to buy one in Surbiton from Tippetts. Any details of the bikes you got in Mick ? Colour ..how many ? Dates .. as I am putting together a document register of early UK models ..mine came from Alan Mountains in York. He registered two on the same day in 1970 mine was red.

Mick :- Crikey, you got me now Ashley, what I do remember is that the very first one we sold went to the Woodhouse brothers who bought it so they could take the engine out and put it in a racing sidecar outfit. They rode the Honda engined outfit at the TT and as I recall they traded in a 350 Manx Norton for it. At the same time we were Norton agents and sold far more Commandos than Cb750s 😊

Ashley Derrick:-  Wow !!! you confirmed my snippet that an early one was broken out of the crate to to make a sidecar outfit Mick. I know that Queens Park Motors in Salford broke one out of the crate pretty early on for spares as the spares cost was astronomic and hard to get hold of. Frith's must have been a pretty prestigious dealer to get hold of them so early. I know Mountains regularly won trips to Japan because they sold so many Honda step-throughs to Rowntrees/Terry's/BR workers in York. So I guess they were pretty high up on the pecking order.

Mick :- Freddie himself won a trip to Japan, I remember him going. Frith's was the biggest dealership in the town and I ended up being workshop foreman there. I'm 71 now but still have a Cb750 K1 but don't ride it as often as I should. It has a Motad exhaust but a proper system costs far too much for an oap! 😁

Ashley Derrick:- Better than money in the bank if it's a genuine UK K1 Mick ! I was lucky enough to get one of the last set of Genuine HM300 pipes before Honda discontinued them a few years back and the price rocketed on the likes of eBay.
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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2017, 02:08:18 PM »
I did a couple of RHS shows in the Ltd 70s when I was a student in Brighton. It was the Racing & Sporting show.


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The Racing and Sporting Show is correct  ;)

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2017, 04:38:11 PM »
OK gents, the relevant info is, Frame No, CB5001014901.  Engine No CB500E1015267. The bike was first registered on the 10/05/1972. This is as per the log book and correct on the bike.
On another note, because of my arthritis i am having to buy a Clarke hydraulic bike bench (currently VAT free at machine mart).Simple question, are they any good? Many thanks, David
Bryanj, there is no vin plate on the headstock opposite to the frame number. Just a silver and black Honda Motor Co Made in Japan sticker Again, Thanks

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2017, 05:10:58 PM »
there seems to be a handfull of uk k0 500's about..
they do seem to fall into that vin number range...
there must have been a very small batch that found its way to blighty

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2017, 05:23:54 PM »
The VIN plate on the UK K1s was on the frame tube on the RHS to the rear of the side panel. Don't know about K0.
Sounds like manuf. about June 71 as my import is a few thousand higher and marked July.
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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2017, 05:43:24 PM »
I've had a workbench from Machine Mart in the past (Clarke), and although not pro-standard they are very good value for the price in my opinion...

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2017, 05:45:45 PM »
Very close to your Black K0 woodside.
Nothing wrong with a Clarke bench, there is a thread on them not long ago.
No VIN plate on the UK 500 fours  ;)

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2017, 06:38:19 PM »
Trigger, Is that VIN plate on the rear tube only on bikes to other markets? My UK K1 bike does not have one but it's powder coated and just thought it got removed and was thinking of getting one. There are a number of sellers selling the plates for UK bikes.
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1975  CB550F1
1978  CB550K

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2017, 07:41:04 PM »
Trigger, Is that VIN plate on the rear tube only on bikes to other markets? My UK K1 bike does not have one but it's powder coated and just thought it got removed and was thinking of getting one. There are a number of sellers selling the plates for UK bikes.

Not sounding like a parrot, the UK CB500 K1 never came with a VIN plate anywhere on the bike  ;) It did come on the UK CB550 F1 and F2 on the rear tube, Oh and the K3  :)

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2017, 07:46:01 PM »
A picture for David M. This is the Only fully restored UK CB500KO that I know of.
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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2017, 08:11:23 PM »
did you put the crash bars on trigg

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2017, 08:12:02 PM »
That's fantastic Trigger and something to aim for. I have the same engine crash bars and a period 'screen flow' topbox (think i'll give that a miss)
Should i rechrome the rims which are corrosion (and chrome) free, or go for new with stainless spokes? Now the questions have started ha ha.
 Huge gratitude for all your input. David M

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Re: CB500/4 K0 UK bike
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2017, 08:15:15 PM »
noooo not stainless spokes...