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Just spotted something on your bottom pic James.

The bike in the foreground looks to be a 500, I can see the toolkit tray and AFAIK only the 500 got that type.

However it's clearly a US version as it has the grab rail and I suspect it's a 500K0 so it's unlikely to be a UK bike with a grab rail so most likely an import. However the wiring to the rear light looks odd, it's supposed to exit the plastic inner mudguard through a small grommet embedded in there and then go through a tunnel on the chrome guard, some of yours don't do this. Is the rear guard the wrong type or did the US version get a slightly different type of rear guard to the UK version, I know they got the 3 hole type not the 4 hole we got but I've not spotted that wire grommet before.

CB500/550 / Re: Warranty engine
« on: November 06, 2019, 12:35:18 PM »
Got to say it looks genuine.

I remember the wood Honda used on their crates and it looked exactly like that, reason I remember it so well is that we were unpacking some bikes and a small splinter shot up and hit one of our PDI guys in the eye, wasn't a big splinter and it didn't really embed itself, it just sort of scratched the surface. However it refused to come out and within a few minutes the eye swelled so much it looked like it was going to explode. We had him rushed to Manchester Eye hospital where they had to pop his eye out of the socket and into a small dish on his cheek, he said it was really weird looking up and forward at the same time. They got the splinter and he was fine but whatever the wood was treated with does not like the human body, we treated it with respect after that episode.

I'd say warranty engine never fitted, even little old OCD me wouldn't have put the replacement engine back in the crate so meticulously, they'd be no cardboard on it for instance.

We had a CBX550 engine wreck itself on a brand new bike when the gearbox retaining bolt wasn't fitted by Honda, the final drive sprocket along with the entire back shaft and gears came out of the side of it, Honda supplied a complete engine within a few weeks.

CB500/550 / Re: Clutch adjuster part
« on: November 05, 2019, 06:00:51 PM »
Did have a NOS one, not sure if I still have it. Still available to buy in certain places BTW.

I'll have a look in my box of spares.

CB500/550 / Re: CB550 carbs
« on: November 05, 2019, 04:23:35 PM »
Ok that's good. I've got 2.15 rims on my 500 so at least if I visit Germany it will be compliant  ;D ;D

CB500/550 / Re: CB550 carbs
« on: November 05, 2019, 02:01:39 PM »
Can't read that as it's in german but I'm wondering why it's saying the bike has 2.15 rims front and rear when it came with 1.85 rims from the factory. Unless of course you've changed the rims at some time.

For some reason that just doesn't seem to work for me, no idea why but I thought it would look better.

Thanks for the pic, at least I know not to go down that route now.

Not saying it's bad BTW, just not what I expected it to look like, sometimes things look better in your head than in reality.

Like the red one James, I haven't got a 750 but I'm wondering what a 500 done in that colour would look like.

Good luck with the sales.

CB500/550 / Re: Cold starting procedure?
« on: November 04, 2019, 12:11:15 PM »
Full choke.
Throttle very slightly open, too much and it floods and dies.
If really cold, minus degrees, then full choke for around 30 secs before half choke and as soon as the bike starts to roll I'll back off the choke fully and see how it goes, most times it's fine but occasionally it needs just a touch of choke for a few minutes.

CB350/400 / Re: Tapered bearings leaving little thread for the head top
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:26:08 PM »
Your more than welcome Erwin, this is why the forum is here, it helps people get round problems that they would struggle with just by themselves.

Glad to hear the kit fitted as it should, at least we know now that it does.

CB350/400 / Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« on: October 30, 2019, 12:12:40 PM »
Yeah we went a bit loco and just steamed in there  ;D ;D Sorry Ash

CB350/400 / Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« on: October 29, 2019, 11:08:54 PM »
My very sad claim to fame is that I've driven all the famous steam trains.

When BR was fazing out the steamers they sent all the famous ones on a round Britain tour, they consisted of Mallard (world record speed holder for steam trains) Britannia (which is so famous that Hornby made a model railway engine of it), Sir Nigel Gresley (Sister loco of Mallard but the first of it's class and named after the designer) Flying Scotsman, Oliver Cromwell, Evening Star to name just the ones I can remember driving.

My dad was the Shop Steward at Edgeley train shed and when the tour arrived I went down to see them all, I was a bit of a train spotter when I was young, when I got there they were all steamed up as they called it, meaning they were fired up and ready to move, spotted my dad and went over to see him, he asked if I'd like to drive them and of course I said yes, I only moved each one about 50 yards but I suppose that counts.

I have very fond memories of that day, no one else got to move the trains and the only reason my dad was allowed was because he was the Shop Steward and they had great power in those days, he went on to be the National NUR rep and attended the TUC on behalf of the NUR, spent 3 years living away from home in London in order to do this. 

I've been really lucky, I've done things most people would die for, I've done some really odd jobs (hence the name) which believe it or not including being a Private Detective ( I kid you not)

CB350/400 / Re: Just had to share this 400/4 Collector box refurb
« on: October 29, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
This is a true story.

I was working as a bus conductor in the early 70s, I was sat downstairs having a brew one day when my dad came down stairs and saw me, What you doing today he said. Nought I replied. Fancy coming with my from Manchester Piccadilly to Euston? you can drive the train. I had to put on my bus uniform but remove all the badges and it looked almost identical to the BR ones of the era. I hopped on the train in Stockport where we live and ended up driving it most of the way to London as my dad was a train driving instructor so was used to having novices driving. We came back passenger on another train which was great. The journey TBH was quite hard, they have no suspension and the ride was very very bumpy, couldn't have a full cup of tea or it went all over you. The loco was a electric pantechnicon one, called City of Birmingham IIRC.  We got chatting on the way down to London and he casually mentioned that 3 people had committed suicide using his train, they'd stand at the end of a tunnel and just step out as the train exited, the only way you knew they'd done it was when blood started to creep up the windscreen. Said he pulled into Crewe one day and women were fainting as there was the remains of a body embedded into the front of the train. He was a WW2 vet and he said he'd seen far worse in the war so it never bothered him but some drivers were affected very badly.

Maybe being a teacher has it's benefits.

CB350/400 / Re: REPLICA EXHAUST FOR 400/4
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:58:42 PM »
I just bought the switchgear, don't really need it but sometimes you can't pass up good items which may just fail on your bike.

Saying that I'm trying to convert my 500 to a hydraulic clutch which will mean the left hand switch gear being butchered to remove the lever mount, I could do with just the bottom section of this switch so I don't have to butcher a good one, maybe even one where the lug has snapped or the cable adjuster has stripped out. If I can't find one I'll butcher the one I've just bought, which would be a shame really.

I don't know if you are fixed on using a MC on the handlebars,  but didn't BMW?  Use a a cable brake lever linked to a remote MC years ago?  Not necessarily the hardware but the concept of running conventional clutch cable to a remote MC maybe mounted behind the side panel to give you a system.

I'm using both the master cylinders off my existing CB1300 as I've just replaced them both with radial master cylinders so they are going spare. Both have mirror mounts and brake/clutch sensors which is good because I'm using a CB550F2 wiring loom and that has a clutch sensor whereas the 500 one doesn't.

CB750 / Re: CB750 K1 Tool Kit?
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:55:41 PM »
I wasnt looking for these but I had just read this thread and these jumped out at me ...2 types

2nd link is the original one, not sure but the first link may be the revised version.

CB350/400 / Re: Winter storage
« on: October 29, 2019, 01:46:13 PM »
My 1300 already has fuel additive in the tank, before storing for the winter I always add it and it always starts first time next spring, modern fuel degrades very quickly these days, within a couple of months it's already past it's best.

Which reminds me, I need to change the oil before I store it  :( :(

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