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Member 4 Sales / Re: 1978 CB550 four F2 £6995
« on: Today at 01:17:01 PM »
If you fancy making this bike absolutely perfect what about this NOS gem. It will always look good without the browning of a stainless set.
HONDA CB550F1 CB550F2 CB550 Genuine Exhaust Down Pipe Set NOS 18316-390-000 WOW! | eBay

CB500/550 / Re: The Cost of A rebuild!
« on: Today at 10:23:34 AM »
I've got mates that spend 1000s on a foreign holiday.  After a fortnight it's gone.  Good memories but it's over with.  A restored motorbike will give many years of pleasure and a sense of pride and achievement and, the cost will only t appreciate with time.
Couldn't agree more. My workmate has just dished out 7k for 2 weeks in the Maldives at the end of this year. Now for me that would be a heart breaking waste of money. He has no hobbies really, but if all your interested in is holidays you could have gone away three times for that amount.

CB350/400 / Re: Crank Journal Bearing condition...
« on: Today at 09:27:34 AM »
Thanks folks for the feedback / advice...
Now to work out what colour / number I need and try and source them.
Stay tuned, I will no doubt have further questions.
And, just to keep a few of you busy I've posted a picture of handiwork by the previous owner so you might get an idea what I'm up against.
(Attachment Link)
As always these old bike repairs are 25% mechanical wear and 75% previous owner abuse. Seems to be even worse on the American import bikes for some reason (Big Bubba).
Welcome to the forum by the way.

CB500/550 / Re: The Cost of A rebuild!
« on: April 17, 2021, 10:02:27 PM »
You probably have £1500 just in the exhausts. Surprising how quickly it adds up. When you buy the bike it always looks like it will be a quick cheap build and then the perfectionist kicks in. Fortunately I have always managed to do them for a fair bit less than they are worth. Enjoy the retirement.

Misc / Open / Re: Senior moment of the week.
« on: April 17, 2021, 09:08:54 PM »
Unfortunately it won't help this job Mike as the valve collets are under the buckets.

Misc / Open / Re: Senior moment of the week.
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:25:54 PM »
I ended up putting a tiny dab of grease on the collet then sticking it to the valve with a magnetic screwdriver. A little trick I shall be using again tomorrow.

Member 4 Sales / Re: 1978 CB550 four F2 £6995
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:05:00 PM »
I have a stainless Motad on my 750. How can you restore the header pipe colour after its gone dark brown, not sure I like them like that.

Well done on the sale. Someone has got themselves a nice bike there.

CB750 / Re: Can I use this steering stem?
« on: April 17, 2021, 07:01:34 PM »
Not sure why, but I have a feeling that bike was set up to pull a sidecar.

Humour / Re: WARNING (18+)
« on: April 17, 2021, 05:57:49 PM »
Ha, of course it is. Having a bad day today, see other post.

Misc / Open / Senior moment of the week.
« on: April 17, 2021, 05:55:19 PM »
I am just rebuilding the top end of my GS1000 after refurbing the parts. I arrived at the bit I hate namely refitting the valves. Anyone who has done a Honda head will know the retaining collets can be quite tricky to locate on the valve, well a bucket and shim head is even harder as there is no room at all for fingers. Anyway, after about and hour and a half of sweating and swearing I finally got the last valve done. After some Yes Yes Yes and air punching I decided to clear the bench, just to the left I noticed a small plastic bag with eight high quality Viton valve stem seals within. Yes you guessed it I had forgotten to fit the stem seals. Tomorrow I get to do the whole rotten job all over again. Old age does nothing good to a person.

CB350/400 / Re: Crank Journal Bearing condition...
« on: April 17, 2021, 11:45:12 AM »
I would also say new shells required there.

Humour / Re: It's a biker thing
« on: April 17, 2021, 11:43:10 AM »
I bet there were loads of people waiting for some clown like me to ask what it meant. Too many years with a Kawasaki H1A, all five up. Poor excuse I know.

Humour / Re: It's a biker thing
« on: April 17, 2021, 09:04:35 AM »
Bloody hell, thick or what.

Out & About / Re: OUT AND ABOUT 2021
« on: April 17, 2021, 09:00:55 AM »
Decided to give the 350/4 an airing today - 20 degrees in Orkney, 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon. Love it, that made me smile.

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