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1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« on: January 16, 2020, 07:07:32 PM »
I’ve had this bike in my collection for a few years now (well, 4 years actually) and I can’t bring myself to restore it, as she’s so original. So I think she probably should remain as a nice survivor. Anyway....

The bike is one of the very early ‘square case’ 500/4’s (a feature of ~the first 3200 units).

I purchased the bike from the second owner in the US, back in 2016 - he had painted her a rather snazzy ‘flake metallic brown’, but told me the bike was originally candy gold.

I have the US title and NOVA certificate and can assist with UK registration.

Luckily I had an original K0 paint set from a bike I restored previously, so this was fitted to the bike.

I’ve fitted a set of Gerben’s rebuilt carbs and the bike starts and runs nicely and quietly with no smoke nasty noises.

The original exhausts are all solid but do have the odd dent / mark here and there.

The paintwork is beautiful with no cracks on the side panels. There’s a small scratch on the tank and a slight dent on the LHS. The seat is probably the best original K0 seat I’ve ever seen.

She does have patina / rust putting on the rims and fenders.

The indicated mileage is believed genuine.

She needs fork gaiters, fork seals, front brake rebuild and probably tyres/tubes (rear has a leaky inner tube). She’s just had an oil and filter change.

I’m planning to list her on eBay at the weekend as an auction with a reserve, but happy for a forum member to get first option @£3995 which I think is competitive for an early original bike like this.

Please pm me if interested and we can have a chat.

James




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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 09:28:19 PM »
Thats the right bike at the right price (IMHA) James - got too many things on the go at the moment or would be interested
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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 09:44:38 PM »
I think that is cheap for what it is but i have no spare cash at all!!

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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 07:40:41 AM »
Me too Bryan.

I have one of James’ K0s in my garage and would find it difficult to explain a second


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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 08:50:25 AM »
Think I recogize that bike James ;)

Very fair price and yes the seat is how they should look and you NEVER seem to see them or any of the repros looking like that.

I would think that seat alone is worth circa £400  (I think I paid £300+VAT for mine from DS and he said sold me it at 'a special reduced price.)

Somebody should snap your hand off at the very reasonable asking price.
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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2020, 11:43:41 AM »
Thanks for all the comments guys.  I've had a couple of Pm's expressing interest which I appreciate.

I'll also be listing a really nice, unrestored 1970 CB750 K0 (Candy blue-green) and a 1973 CB750 K3 (Candy Buccus-Olive) in the coming days once photographed.
 
The 500 will be going up on eBay on Sunday.

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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2020, 11:54:22 AM »
Slightly off topic, but why is the filler cap off centre on the ‘500s? Trendy... or some logical reason?
Regardless, a nice looking bike...
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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2020, 01:39:35 PM »
Nice original bike James and a couple of years ago I would have snapped it up, but no room in the garage right now.
Phil
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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2020, 02:05:05 PM »
Slightly off topic, but why is the filler cap off centre on the ‘500s?

I always assumed:
1. Highest point on the tank when fuelled on the sidestand
2. Avoids blasting the fuel into the “thinnest” part of the tank.



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Re: 1971 CB500 Four K0 - Early VIN #1414
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2020, 11:55:29 PM »
...point 1 cunning Steve! Though possibly fails when filled to the gunnels and you then upright the bike? (I bloody stripped a freshly painted 400F tank by brim filling on the centre stand, riding a short distance home and then leaving the bike on side stand. You live and learn 😕.)

 

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