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Misc / Open / Starter motor chrome covers
« on: July 29, 2022, 05:59:58 PM »
After unpacking the 2 boxes of parts I bought from the breakers the other day I have found some chrome starter motor covers. However they are not for the 500/550 which was what I thought they'd be. They are too small for the 750 and AFAIK the 400 doesn't use a cover.

They are clearly off at least 2 different models but I can't seem to recall offhand any other Hondas that used these type of covers.

Anyone recognise what they are off.

First one, I have 3 of these. Bolt holes are 125mm apart.

Second one, just one of these. Bolt holes are 115mm apart.

If I can find out what they are off I may have the chrome stripped and smooth all the pits out and have them rechromed. Depends what they are off and what they are worth though.

I did at least get one 500/550 one  :D

Misc / Open / A visit to a breaker
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:30:31 PM »
After finally shaking off the Covid I had recently I decided to buy a job lot of spares for the Honda CB550 I'd been looking at for a while. He accepted my lower offer than what he actually wanted so travelled 70 miles to pick up the pieces yesterday.

He had a barn load of stuff, all boxed and labelled. A lot of really old Hondas, CB160, 175 sloper, quite a few CD175 and a CB175 engines, he also had 3 SS125s for sale, 2 with wheels and one without. He reckoned he had the parts to complete them lying about somewhere but if you're interested give him a call. He also had a Honda I've never heard of or seen, a small sort of PS50 bike called a Honda Runabout I think. Extremely rare I reckon, I can't even find one on the web.

There were hundreds of large boxes for most every bike I can think of. If you're looking for a bit it's possible he may have one. He's since sold most of his tank collection and exhaust collection though.

He also had a brand new garage built to house his own bike collection.

He reckons most are for sale but not all. His SL125 isn't for instance. Also a Sealey 750 not for sale. He also had a bike he reckons only 3 were produced, a Sealey CB750KZ, new one on me that.

Thought I'd post some pics of what I saw and if your interested then discuss it with him. If they aren't for sale I'll say in the description.

Triumph, with some sort of engine in it that is bigger than standard, he did say what it was but I'm not interested in Triumphs so I sort of zoned out   :) I do remember it was 900 or so CC. If you know your Triumphs maybe you can tell what it is.

Honda CB900FZ, CMA wheels. Looked ok and I was interested but I prefer the later versions ike the FB and FC.

Honda GL1000, first year model so 1975/6. Very good condition, rims fine, exhaust like new he reckons.

Sealey CB750FZ, never seen or heard of one. May be for sale if you offer the right money.

Honda CB1100, I liked this one, condition was really good. He offered it to me at £6k, not sure it's worth that much TBH.

Honda SS125?. Not for sale.

Honda XBR500. He also had another with a Daytona raced engine in it still with racing number fitted. You could see the security tags etc on the engine, the racing one Not for sale and was hidden under a sheet so no pic.

Name of breaker is GedsBikeBits near Carnforth, very out of the way in a small country road. Ignore Google, it's the next farm up from where Google thinks it is. Phone number 01524 734378.

Humour / Possibly the greatest memorial bench ever
« on: May 17, 2022, 12:55:11 AM »

Misc / Open / Anyone with a unbent 400 gear lever, need some pics
« on: April 28, 2022, 12:47:35 AM »
I'm trying to restore an old 400 four gear lever, replacing the rose joints, removing all the pitting on the chrome etc.

However this lever was really given to me as scrap for mucking about with and it's as bent as a Brighton resident, the linkage mount on the rear of the lever is really bent out of shape, the arm where the rubber goes is also bent backwards and the lever itself seems to be not only bent but twisted as well. I need some really good top down shots showing how the lever is shaped when it's on the bike. They need to show the mounting bush point as that's my reference point. The arm coming up from this bush mount for the rose joint etc. Some side on pics would also be good so I can ensure it's the right shape before modding it.

If it turns out ok and the recipient Ted on here gives the thumbs up on how it performs and feels I'll explain how it was done and where to get the parts to do it if anyone is interested.

As I'm altering the swinging arm bearings on my 500 there is little point having the 500 spindle fitted with it's 2 grease nipples as they won't be used. Looking for a decent 550F spindle and the torque arm bolt which goes through the rear brake plate, mines seen better days so I thought I'd replace it.


Site Feedback / FAQ / How to... / Lots of posts missing
« on: April 12, 2022, 03:41:13 PM »
Just noticed that posts made both by myself and other members are missing from a few days ago.

I have a thread called What would you do, it's about a seat pan, few posts with comments and suggestions from Andy, Trigger and Ash as far as I remember and they are now all missing including my reply from last night.

Why's that happening Steve, it's like the forum has used a backup from a few days ago and lost loads of posts.

Misc / Open / What would you do?
« on: April 09, 2022, 09:31:18 PM »
I've started to work on one of my seat pans off the 500. It was plastic coated (anyone remember that process) back in the late 70s and has been used on the bike the last time it was roadworthy. Since then it's sat in a garage being pissed on by rats for 30 years. Strangely the plastic coating has protected the seat pan really well, it has however started to crack and lift in small areas so I've decided to remove the coating.

I'm not going to say this was easy, the seen part of the pan I used a scraper on after heating the plastic in order to soften it, this worked pretty well and large areas would come off in one go. The coating was about 2mm thick. It took about 2 hours to remove all the bottom of the pan, it's not in bad nick considering. However the upper surface next to the foam is another proposition, that didn't want to come off with the same method. In the end I decided to melt it off using a MAP gas blowtorch, this was messy, smelly and time consuming, it's about 80% done. However whilst doing this I have noticed that all the seat cover clips and various other little ones, like the handbook pocket, were in really poor condition. Most as really rusty and starting to crumble, they were probably in this condition when it was plastic coated.

So as any seat recoverer doesn't AFAIK use these clips are they worth keeping. They promote rust, catch your fingers and are pretty much useless. If I removed them I can grind the spot welds off and clean up around them, which is difficult if they stay in place.

So remove them or keep them?

I may have a word with Tony Archer who does my seat recovers for me and see if he's ever used them, I wonder how they get the new cover to attach to a steel pan, glue? Tony used staples when doing my 1300 seat but that's got a plastic pan.

I'll be sanding down the pan before having some welding done on it, one of the captive nuts for the hinge plate has stripped so I'll get a new one welded on, I've spotted a small crack just next to the reinforcing plate welded to the top of the pan where the hinge plate attaches, this seems to be a weak spot as I've spotted other pans with the same crack, it's right where the plate stops so clearly it's flexing too much and cracking the pan as a result. I may have that reinforced when it's being welded.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

Misc / Open / Anyone tried the Michelin Road Classic tyres?
« on: March 17, 2022, 05:07:58 PM »
Looking for a set of tyres for the 500 and I've got a thing about Michelin Tyres at the moment, just love them, spotted they do these Road Classic tyres and they look the part, also do them in 100/90x19 which is my preferred tyre for the front Lester.
Anyone got them fitted and what are they like if you have please.

Humour / The Picolax thread
« on: March 12, 2022, 09:43:46 PM »
Saw this on another forum and after reading it I thought I'd share it as it's so funny.

It's graphic and dirty but damn is it funny.

The 750 points cover has gone from £50 a few months ago to around £250. That's clearly because demand has out stripped supply.

So what do you think is the next part to do the same? When I say the next I don't mean parts that already command really high prices, like tanks, seats, ready painted panels etc

I'm of the opinion that it could be either genuine points/condensers or shell bearings.

Any other candidates.

Member 4 Sales / NOS CB550F rear brake pedal/lever 46500-390-000
« on: February 15, 2022, 10:31:46 PM »
Still in bag, perfect condition as far as I know. It's for the F model so is flat sided not tubed like the 550K.

£100 inc P&P. CMS still have a couple for £123 plus P&P, which at the moment seems to be out of control.

Offered first on here, will go on Ebay if not sold.

Member 4 Sales / Heavy duty camchains for the 400/500/550/750
« on: February 12, 2022, 05:49:33 PM »
As per my other thread I have since found that the GSXR-750 camchain fits the CB500/550, not sure about the 400 (does the 400 use a DID 219T chain?) the chain is a DID (original Honda chain supplier) 219FTH, however there appears to be a lack of 88 link chains in the 219FTH range. I have sourced some 94 link chains and rivet links for the 500/550 and an exceptionally good camchain splitter/rivetter which gives results identical to the factory, there are pics on the other thread of the results.

I am seeing if there is any demand for these types of chains, they can stand greater load (ideal for big bore conversions) and have a greater tensile strength, they are also flat sided so not only are they kinder to the tensioner blade but they will be quieter in operation as well. I'd imagine they'll last longer due to the stronger construction.

I can order a few chains and cut them down to 88 links, post them onward for a price of £35 inc P&P. This could be subject to a change, depends on postal rates but it's a good ballpark figure.

I'll make a small profit, the cutting and riveting is a time consuming job and the special tool to do this was expensive so the profit will cover the costs of buying that. Hopefully I'll break even after some time.

I need 10 committed to buying, I have 2 already, another 8 and I'll move on it.

Let me know either here or via PM.

Hope this is ok Steve, once I break even and if demand is still there I'll donate a sum of each sale to the forum.

Misc / Open / GSXR-750 camchain in a CB500/550?
« on: February 04, 2022, 03:05:48 PM »
Been reading about one riders experience using a 1990-95 Suzuki GSXR-750 camchain instead of the usual DID chain in the 500/550 engine. Evidently it's flat sided so kinder to the tensioners, has a larger contact area so is quieter than standard. It's longer so means you need to split the chain and re-rivet which is a set back but can be done with a push bike chain splitter, he reused the existing rivets.

Evidently he's fitted one in a race engine revving to 10000rpm and he's done over 20 races with it fitted without any problems, most of them at insane RPM.

Anyone ever heard of this or tried it?

Since found the same chain in 90 links, unfortunately there appears to be no 88 link available, 90 links is only just over £22, soft link another £1.20. From all accounts the chain is stronger than the standard chain being a 219FTH chain.

Member 4 Sales / NOS L/H CB550F side panel Flake Sunrise Orange.
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:35:38 PM »
Been storing this for a few years now. It's immaculate, no scratches, no dints, no broken lugs. Still in original bag IIRC. Still has part label with ZB paint code.

Seen panels identical to this going for over £170 on US Ebay, just want to clear it out so anyone off the forum needs one, £120 inc P&P.

Misc / Open / Is this price ridiculous.
« on: January 31, 2022, 02:53:19 PM »
I sent an email to Philpotts the other day asking if they could hard chrome the damper rods on my Marzocchi AG Strada shocks. They are 12mm in diameter but only 133mm long.

I got a reply last night quoting £95 inc VAT each. Considering the price they charge for a fork stanchion is that exorbitant?

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