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CB500/550 / Restoring a 500 back mudguard
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:20:49 PM »
Bought this mudguard a while ago now but haven't done much with it until today.

Came like this, I had a small play with it seeing how bad the rust was on the underside as you can see.

So today I finally took some time to remove the rust underneath, came out like this

Tomorrow I'll prep it and cover the underside with some zinc paint, I'll block the tunnel at the base and fill it will zinc paint so that gets protected as well.

After that I don't know what i'll do with it, might sell it, might keep it for one of my 500s although I still have a NOS rear guard but it's the 3 hole type not the 4 hole like this one.

I think it came out rather well.

Site Feedback / FAQ / How to... / Site not secure message
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:59:03 PM »
Is this correct?

I keep seeing not secure on the address line, just before the www.sohc part.

Is it something that costs money to fix or is it ok as we don't really put anything sensitive on this site, although we do list e-mail addresses and such.

Misc / Open / CB550F in TV advert, anyone spotted it?
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:36:51 AM »
Saw an advert for some Russian sounding jewlery firm, Swarzolof or something like it, there are 2 bikes used, one is a silver CB550F, not sure if it's an F1 or F2 but looks to be an F2 to me. The other is I think a Kawasaki Z650 or something like that, also painted silver.

Nice to see the old bikes getting some air time.

Desperately Seeking!! / Broken 500 four side panel badges
« on: January 20, 2017, 07:08:35 PM »
I'm after some broken side panel badges as fitted to the CB500K model. Namely I'm after the orange insert inside the large F on the badge, it's for a little project and I'd be grateful if you could let me have them. Not bothered about the rest of the badge, just the orange F.

Misc / Open / Anyone know anyone with a 3D printer?
« on: January 16, 2017, 02:34:49 AM »
I'm looking for some custom work to be done

I want some side panel badges like the 500Four on the CB500K1 etc but with a twist.

So whoever it was would also have to be able to scan in an original badge and then alter it slightly in order to get the look I want. It would have to be done in something like the original plastic, not sure if this is ABS plastic or not. I could then get them chrome sprayed etc to match the original look.

Maybe asking a lot but if you don't ask you don't get.

Thanks in advance.

Misc / Open / Welding needed, ability to weld alloy a must. North West
« on: October 29, 2016, 04:57:32 AM »
I want to have some alloy welding done. The guys local to me charge the earth so I was wondering if anyone can recommend someone who can do the job, somewhere in the North West, around Manchester would be ideal.

I also want some smaller jobs done, one involving welding thin tubular steel like that found on pannier brackets, presume that means TIG? Must be good, am prepared to pay, just want my moneys worth.

Misc / Open / Had a flight in a WW2 airplane today
« on: July 19, 2016, 08:09:06 PM »
Always wanted to have a go in a Spitfire but unfortunately it's impossible here in the UK even if you can find one which has been converted to a twin seater. Seems that the CAA deem the Spitfire to be a single seater and as such they will only allow the twin seater Spit to fly with a passenger for special reasons, so mainly TV shows and such.

My daughters got me a flight in a WW2 Tiger Moth as a consolation and today it finally happened after some cancellations due to weather and such. Weather today was perfect, very hot and very little wind. Got there at 0900 and decided that I'd upgrade the flight so that I got more airtime. Whilst going through the pre-flight instructions the pilot taking me comes in and asks if it would be ok to deviate off the standard flight path as he wanted to get a spare part for another aircraft from another airfield not too far away. He says it will mean more airtime for me and 2 take off and landings instead of one. Seemed a good idea to me so off we go.
Took off from Darley Moor airfield and quickly climbed to around 600ft, had a little go at flying it myself and did ok. Little worrying that I spot a helicopter coming toward us and says to the pilot (who's in the rear seat BTW) hey look a helicopter, to which I get "WHERE" kinda shouted in the mike, just off the right wing I say, is it on the same level as us, no I say slightly higher, where is it now he says, I look around and say it's behind us now. So shock number 1. The pilot has never landed at Derby airfield, which like Darley Moor is really just a big field. so it's green, no concrete runways, try spotting that from the air when you don't know where it is :), pilot finally spots it but it takes me a few more minutes before I see it, we land ok, get the part and take off again. We then climb to around 1500ft and I take the controls for a good long spell, bank it too the left, then the right, do a bit of climbing etc, all good fun and very enjoyable it was too. We are not that far from Darley Moor now when the engine starts making some banging noises, I can feel them through my feet first, I think it's maybe something banging on the underside of the aircraft but it's kinda a regular noise, pilot comes on the mike and asks if I can feel the misfire, oh poo I think. He then says I'll grab some height just in case, oh really really poo I think, visions of a fiery death are running through my mind, I'm gonna be on the news tonight I'm thinking, the misfire gets worse, stuck valve says the pilot when I ask, I can see the airfield off to our left now, pilot contacts the airfield and requests priority clearance for a landing just in case, my underpants are getting a bit full by now I imagine. But the landing was fine, just glided down really, no sweat. A few pics and a nice framed photo of the plane later and the day is done.

Would I do it again? damn right, I loved it to bits. Weird thing was that I never knew that the Darley Moor motorcycle track was part of the same airfield until we flew over it and I recognised the layout from my racing days, we had a little chat about bikes as we flew over it whilst the engine was banging it's nuts off  :)

CB750 / 87123-300-020B Is this a K0 side panel badge?
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:19:04 PM »
Was trawling the web tonight and spotted this badge on what appears to be a long list of stock from a US supplier. List appears to be current but with the web who can tell. I suspect it is a K0 part as they also have 87123-300-030 but that's listed as a K1 badge and is a LOT cheaper than the 020 version. DS also show the 020B part but price is £150 and special order. This was listed on the US site for $95 which appears to be significantly cheaper even with postage. I've had stuff from this site before BUT I had to get a US member of the US site to order for me and post onward.

If this is of interest to anyone please PM me and I'll pass the link on to you. Don't want to list it here in case it causes problems with people getting in before someone genuinely interested as opposed to someone just buying it to sell on for a profit.

Misc / Open / CB250/350K4 NOS tank etc on E-Bay
« on: July 18, 2015, 05:51:58 PM »
Just spotted this and thought it might interest some members on here who I know like the 250/350 bikes. Not cheap but very nice indeed.

CB500/550 / Is it worth having some 550 stanchions rechromed?
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:10:29 PM »
I have a pair of CB550 stanchions lying around. They are as you'd expect a bit rusty but they are straight. I can tell they are 550 as they are fully chromed, the 500 didn't have the upper part chromed as it was hidden by the fork ears.

So question is, I don't need them but don't really want to throw them. Philpotts charge around £165 to get them re chromed better than OE standard.  Is it worth getting them done so I could sell them on and at least keep an original part in circulation?

CB500/550 / Just found some old pics
« on: May 08, 2015, 09:22:57 PM »
Was rooting through some old boxes and found these.

Missus on my K reg 500, probably around 1978. Found the tank off this bike in the loft last year, looks exactly the same :)

Same 500, parked at Rhyl I think.

Same 500, probably the same day as the Rhyl pic but this time at Betws-y-coed.

Same 500 but but after some 550 bits were added to it, this time pics taken whilst I was racing around Aintree race track (no not the horse track but it is right next to the Grand National track), for some reason everytime he took a pic I was allowing a race leader to pass, hence why I'm so wide. Probably near the back of the field at this point as the 500 was in the same class as the RD400 etc

Finally one of a set of pics I took, just after I'd got the L reg 500 on the road, at this point the bike wasn't complete but I wanted to ride it so bad I thought what the hell. Parts not fitted were the seat, old seat fitted, trying to source a new one was hard, and the rear shocks, the Marzochhi shocks were still being powder coated, note the brand new Lester wheels, every part of the rear brake system was chromed, including the swinging arm, all the carb linkages and float bowls and carb tops are also chromed. There are around 5 more pics in this series but they have gone missing in the last year or so. Sure they'll turn up some day. Still got this bike, this bike has 167,000 miles on it, the K reg has over 250,000 miles on it. The K reg is on SORN, the L reg is stuck in my garage and has been for some time now.

Misc / Open / What's a good price for a Z1 or Z900?
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:39:57 PM »
On the trail of a mint condition (supposedly) Kwack Z1. My brother in law is a builder and spotted a minter in someone's cellar a few months ago, he asked and was told he could have it for £5000. He has a Z1000 already and couldn't convince his missus to allow him to buy it, I spoke to him the other day and he let me know about it. However he said it might have been R reg which to me sounds more like a Z900 than a Z1, however he's not sure.

I know a decent Z1 is worth around £15000 so £5000 is a bargain, however is a Z900 worth £5000 in good nick, still has the OE pipes and according to the BIL the bike was mint, sort of a olive green colour he reckons. Not sure if the colour identifies it though.

Worth looking at?

CB500/550 / Anyone need a CB500K keyed alike lock set?
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:29:42 PM »

Where's My Old Bike? / CB500-4 NJA 44M
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:30:04 PM »
Not an old one of mine but someone I knew.

Bike is still on DVLA register but not taxed or SORNed.

Says it is white now when it used to be Gold. Might still be in the Manchester area.

Date of liability is 2003 so that that long ago in the scheme of things.

CB500/550 / Anyone needing any of these parts? for 550F and 500
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:59:37 PM »
Could put this is the for sale section but TBH I've only just managed to find these from an obscure source and TBH even though they say they have them I won't find out for certain until tomorrow.

Just a few parts I chose as being a bit hard to obtain or much cheaper than DS or CMS are selling them.

CB550F rear brake arms, NOS but until I hold one in my hand I can't say exactly what condition the chrome is in, might have 3 of those but depends on whether they are still sat in whatever box they were buried in. Price will be around £55 inc P&P I think. CMS still have 4 left at around £100 each plus P&P, hence why I selected them. Part number is 46500-390-000

CB750, CB500, CB550 to name a few. The small black washers which sit in the gap on the top yoke clamp bolts, they were fitted to stop you over tightening the pinch bolt and breaking the top yoke, still available at around £6 plus P&P from DS and CMS. Managed to maybe find 10 of them at £3 each. Part number is 53235-300-000 (all sold)

CB750K0, CB450, CB500 rear indicator brackets. NOS. Got 8 of these available, confirmed. DS and CMS charging an arm and a leg at around £25 each plus P&P. £15 each my price. Postage cheaper if you buy a pair but around £3 P&P I reckon. (6 left)

Big end shell bearing for CB500/550. Green colour, getting very hard to find in green hence why I snapped them up. Might have 12, not confirmed. DS charging around £11 each plus P&P. £8 each inc P&P Part number 13217-323-003 (all sold)

Just went for this just for fun as I've never seen one before, CB550F L/H side panel in Flake Sunrise Orange, NOS so should still be wrapped in OE bag, not expected much demand for this TBH as I think it was mainly a US colour but you never know and I bought it mainly for a laugh. No price for this as I don't even know if they still have it, if they do and your interested let me know. Part number 83700-390-000ZB


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