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CB500/550 / Re: 500 Tyres - Recommendation
« on: October 02, 2020, 02:11:31 PM »
Well the SM was a revelation for me, I didn't believe it but took one on recommendation of my tyre place, the owner rides bikes.  They are brilliant and I never now have that annoying only worn out in the middle thing.  I'm on my third one now and I just hope they keep making them.

CB500/550 / Re: 500 Tyres - Recommendation
« on: October 02, 2020, 09:42:08 AM »
Avon - Speedmaster front
Avon - Safety Mileage rear.

The SM has rather a square profile and lasts for ages and believe me, it sticks on a corner just as well as a rounded profile tyre, even when ridden hard.  I thing it must deform as the bike leans.  Anyway, looking at it static one might think cornering is on a knife edge but in reality it is not.

CB500/550 / Re: CB500/4 50th celebration
« on: September 25, 2020, 01:25:34 PM »
Five star hotel on a motorbike?

CB500/550 / Re: CB abuse
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:03:15 AM »
but the 500 makes a great tourer  :D

CB500/550 / Re: CB500/4 50th celebration
« on: September 25, 2020, 07:57:03 AM »
and let us not forget Somerset/Devon.  Exmoor is superb for camping, and lots of interesting roads, Porlock, Lynton and Lynemouth, Ilfracombe, Hartland etc...

CB500/550 / Re: Did anyone on here buy this tank off E-Bay
« on: September 14, 2020, 03:14:13 PM »
I think whoever didn't buy it had a lucky escape.  I have had lots of trouble recently with rusty tanks and those side panels aren't right, fibre glass?

CB350/400 / Re: 'orrible 'eadlamp!!!
« on: September 10, 2020, 12:06:19 PM »
ride more slowly at night, it doesn't matter how good your lights are if deer are going to jump out of the hedge or a badger comes dashing accross the road  :D

Anorak's Corner / Re: DoT 5.1 Brake fluid what specification do you use ?
« on: September 01, 2020, 10:12:30 AM »
DOT4 works perfectly well.  I think I have also used DOT3

CB500/550 / Re: Sideways play in swing arm.
« on: August 27, 2020, 09:37:14 AM »
I see you have solved this so very good.

For others looking at this problem, be sure that the movement is coming from the joint with the frame and check movement with the wheel off.

When I took mine for it's first MOT in 1995, after I had fitted new bushes, the tester found movement when hauling the back wheel side to side but it turned out that the swing arm itself was flexing, there was no movement at the joint.  1970s frame design was the conclusion.

CB350/400 / Re: Stanley Light bulb..
« on: August 11, 2020, 09:31:09 AM »
You also need to uprate the main fuse to 20A, otherwise it'll blow with the headlamp on, braking and signalling at the same time, unless you use a relay.

That is excellent advice, it has just made me realise why my 15A blows every now and then, I have an H4 bulb in my 500/4.  Recently, due to a corroded reflector shell I have been running an old sealed beam car headlamp and the 15A fuse hasn't blown.  Thank you so much, dip beam has now gone on my lamp and just about to change to a Land Rover H4 headlamp so will upgrade the fuse at the same time.

CB500/550 / Re: Wheel rebuilding
« on: August 01, 2020, 12:20:53 PM »
I'm only considering wheel rebuilds because the inside is corroded, I don't mind the outside being rusty but I have had tubes fail before when the rust has become rough.  Usually, I wire brush and paint the inside of the rims but it only lasts so long.  It might be good to have them maintenance free and should improve the value of the bike in the long term. 

CB500/550 / Re: Wheel rebuilding
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:18:48 AM »
Thanks for this excellent advice, tempted to have a go now.

I think the chrome rims look better but my bike spends a lot of it's time outside and I'm worried they will go rusty again, although the guy I spoke to did say something about British chrome which has the holes chromed inside too but was more expensive, £140 per rim.

Also, he offered to sand blast the hubs but I'm not going to bother with that, a quick rub over with an oily rag will do.  It keeps the cost down and if the wheels are too shiny it will make the rest of the bike look weird, and besides which, I would have to take out the wheel bearings.

CB500/550 / Re: Wheel rebuilding
« on: July 29, 2020, 03:40:31 PM »
I have a quote of £245 a wheel for stainless.  £105 for the rim, £80 spokes, £50-60 labour.  any good? a job for the winter I suppose.

CB500/550 / Wheel rebuilding
« on: July 29, 2020, 02:10:57 PM »
After looking at Woody928's 550 rebuild story, I started to worry about my wheels.  They are just like his and every now and again I wirebrush them and the paint the insides, usually when I need a new tyre, but I'm wondering now whether it is time to think about having them rebuilt.  The front spokes are quite rusty and because front tyres last so long I can't remember what it is like on the inside.  The outside of the rim is pretty rusty.

Does anyone here know a good place to have it done and how much should I expect to pay?

Should I go for stainless, aluminium or the period correct chrome plated rims?  Problem with chrome plated steel rims is they might rust again fairly quickly.  I imagine the hole where the spoke goes through is the weak spot.

Sorry to ask, I'm in the dark a bit here, I've just ridden them in the past but in the last couple of years my bike has suddenly become quite old. ( a bit like me )

Misc / Open / Re: Agreed Value insurance
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:38:40 PM »
It can be hard to know what the value is.  When I insure mine, out of habit I say £1500, which a few years ago was very generous, but now, sometimes I've seen non runners going for that.  I'm never sure what is reasonable.

I do know that when my car was written off recently, the insurance company looked at similar ones for sale and guessed a price.  Sadly, that did not take into account all the money I had spent at the garage getting it really good.


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