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CB500/550 / Top end rebuild, do I replace the camchain?
« on: October 27, 2020, 03:14:42 PM »
My 550 runs and rides pretty good, no obvious knocks or rattles or smoke.

I'm going to rebuild the top end over the winter simply because I have a few oil leaks coming from between the barrels and the head.

I'll do the usual things but just wondered if its worth changing the cam chain while its apart?

Bike has done 16K miles, obviously I don't know how well its been looked after over its life, I've done about 1500 miles in the last couple of years on it without any problems.

Humour / Bad news for Dyslexics
« on: October 24, 2020, 12:17:15 PM »
This weekend your cocks go black.

Misc / Open / Anyone ever owned a CBX1000?
« on: October 15, 2020, 05:37:16 PM »
Just wondered what they are like to ride / own ?

Always fancied one.

Humour / Good news for insomniacs
« on: October 10, 2020, 06:29:08 PM »
Only 4  more sleeps until Christmas  :P

Project Board / Project rattle can
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:28:03 PM »
The paint on my 550 tank had gone strange with thousands of cracks like crazy paving.
As I had nothing to lose I thought I’d rattle can it.
Probably 25+ hours work went into the tank, never attempted it before but it came out pretty good.
Will give it a proper polish in about a month once the lacquer is hard.

I know they are not the genuine colours, I just wanted something similar.

CB500/550 / Sideways play in swing arm.
« on: August 19, 2020, 03:47:33 PM »
Got a small amount of sideways movement in my swing arm.

Do I just need new bushes or is there anything else I need as well?

And is it just drift old bushes out and fit new ones?


CB500/550 / 550 K0 1974 Air filter
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:20:03 PM »
Can’t seem to find one, most places have the later F models.
Are they the same, pictures look pretty similar?

Humour / My mate has been sacked from the Pet Shop
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:46:07 PM »
Caught with his hands in the Trill.

Misc / Open / Chrome paint
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:43:03 PM »
Does chrome paint actually exist?
Bought a small can of Plasticote chrome paint to refurbish my side panel badges. The can had a nice shiny gleaming chrome cap on so I thought this would do the job.

Tested it on a old broken bit of badge and surprise surprise it’s just bog standard silver paint and bears no resemblance to chrome whatsoever.

Anyone had any luck with chrome paint or is the same as tartan paint, unavailable?

Misc / Open / Strange things people carry on bikes
« on: June 10, 2020, 11:03:07 AM »
Anyone else seen odd things people carry on bikes. Last year saw a Dachshund sticking out the back of a rucksack being carried by a lady on a scooter in London.

Probably the most dangerous was a guy on a bike with the metal part of a shovel in his rucksack so the entire handle was sticking out way above his head. Kept wondering what if the handle caught on a tree branch. Also another guy with a wood saw, again in a rucksack sticking out with the blade pointing at his neck.

CB500/550 / Choke lever moving on its own
« on: June 08, 2020, 04:53:24 PM »
My 1974 K0 550 has just started playing up today, the choke lever is managing to turn on its own.

It keeps rotating back and the choke ends up back on. The choke lever still makes the little click when’s it’s rotated back to its off position.

Is there a way of tightening it back up?

Standard 022 carbs.

Misc / Open / Tank rust removal
« on: May 10, 2020, 04:09:28 PM »
This is on my RD350LC, the tank is in a very bad state so I thought I’d try the Electrolysis method.

Some bright spark has filled the tank with liner in the past that over the years has broken up into hundreds of parts. I removed the fuel tap and blanked the hole off, then spent hours hosing out the tank with water and probably got about 90% of the liner out.

Filled the tank to the brim with water and a 3/4 of a small pot of baking soda, battery charger negative to the tank and an old cleanish Allen key in the water connected to positive.

It’s bubbling away at the moment and a hell of a lot of rust is coming out, either bubbling to the top or sticking to the Allen key which I clean every hour or so.

Only thing to be careful of is that hydrogen gas is produced so must be done outside and to keep the tank topped up with water and agitate tank now and then.

CB500/550 / Very odd oil leak
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:18:32 PM »
Obviously haven't used the 550 for the last few weeks.
When I last rode her I turned the fuel tap off about 1/4 mile from home so the carbs are empty just as I get home.
In the garage on the center stand there is no sign of leaks. I took the bike out the garage the other day and left it on its side stand for a few hours, as I needed the space in the garage to rebuild a 1963 Vespa engine.

Came to put the 550 back in the garage and noticed there is a tiny trickle of oil running down the left hand side of the engine, down the middle of the cover that covers the front sprocket. Had a look and can see that the oil is dripping down from the bottom of #1 carb float bowl. The outside of the float bowl is covered in it?????

Its definitely oil, no smell of petrol and the carbs are empty of fuel anyway. I cleaned it up, put it on the centre stand, checked yesterday and no oil leak, only does it on side stand.

Any ideas? Bike runs fine by the way.

Humour / Working from home
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:58:57 AM »

Misc / Open / New E10 petrol no good for older bikes
« on: March 05, 2020, 07:35:38 PM »
Anyone else seen this, seems the new ethanol petrol is no good for old bikes.

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