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New Member Introductions / Re: steering yoke for K1 500/4
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:27:32 PM »
Top yoke looks like a 550 one Steve, the mounting points for the speedo bracket is much wider and the 2 bolts holes in the centre are for the igntion switch which was relocated on the 550 to sit between the clocks and not under the tank as on the 500.

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CB500/550 / Re: Just a tip
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:28:01 PM »
Yep knew that one, I leave one of the footpeg on the bolt and use that as a slide weight.

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Where's My Old Bike? / Re: CB400/4 NFA960P
« on: July 24, 2011, 12:19:54 AM »
Not wanting to disagree Bryan but when I contacted Swansea a while ago I was told my reg number was not in their system anymore and I wasn't entitled to have it back, according to Swansea all reg numbers belong to them and we only loan them. I was told to contact the Honda owners club and ask them if they would reissue the number to me. No idea why Swansea would delegate this responsibility to an owners club but that's what they said. I've tried seaching for my old number on the DVLA site but it just says it has no record of this vehicle, I still have the V5 and the bike was never declared scrapped so why they have deleted all it's records I don't know. It's been stored now since the 80s so that may be it.

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CB500/550 / Re: What model of cb500
« on: July 24, 2011, 12:07:26 AM »
My initial thoughts are that it's a K0. The reg number might help as this would tell us the year of the bike, K1's started appearing around end of 71/72 but the intial bikes were imported for press reviews and there were 3 K0s imported for this. IIRC there was a black, brown and starlight gold bikes imported. My sources when I was down at Honda doing a training course told me only 3 K0s were imported to the UK and they were all just for press to ride. It sounds like you may just have one of those. It's extremely unlikely that you have a K1 with a K0 motor as unless the engine was imported at sometime there wouldn't really be any K0 engines in the UK. Most likely the bike was crashed whilst on press test and a new frame was fitted, as these would have been a UK import the frames would have been numbered from 20.

That's my theory anyway, as said the V5 should have date of first registration and that should be late 70 early 71 if it's a K0

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CB500/550 / Re: What model of cb500
« on: June 28, 2011, 11:06:27 PM »
Odd, Honda tended to keep the engine and frame numbers very close together if not identical. I've never seen a mixed model bike unless the owner had changed one or the other.
Biggest difference between the K0 and K1 was the seat lock, the K0 got a lock very similar to the Honda C50 steering lock, colours were different as well, K0 came in Starlight Gold and the K1 came in Candy Gold Custom. There was also a slight difference in switchgear IIRC. Very few K0s were imported to the UK, the K1s were by far the more numerous. K2s as far as I know was never imported to the UK.

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CB500/550 / Re: So what model IS my 500/4
« on: June 28, 2011, 01:44:10 AM »
I've got an idiot light panel for the 500 lying around, it's been restored and then stored for 30 years, it's somewhere but where I couldn't say, if I find it I'll let you know. Should have a clock bracket as well, unlike others I always hated the 500 clocks, too small, too flat to look at easily and the bounce like hell when the bikes thrashed. I changed the top yoke to a CB550F2 one and fitted the clocks off that model, blue ones look so much nicer than the early green ones IMO.
If I remember correctly if the PO has changed the bottom yoke the steering lock won't work as the 550 got a bracket welded to the headstock for it to engage against. Check and see if the bottom yoke still has the steering lock cylinder fitted.

As I'm new to this forum having been on the US forum for many years I'm wondering if Bryan is the same person with the data base of engine/frame numbers for the 500 which he uses to identify the build dates from. If it is he helped me out a few years ago and I'd like to thank him for that.

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CB500/550 / Re: Refitting 500/4 Carbs
« on: June 28, 2011, 01:32:53 AM »
Best method I found was to remove all the engine bolts except the lower rear, the engine can now tilt forward and it allows the carbs to be fitted with little fuss. Of course this works much better when you've had the engine out otherwise your removing exhaust etc as well.

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CB500/550 / Re: front mudguard mounting 550f2
« on: June 28, 2011, 12:57:48 AM »
No No No. The mudguard mounts fits on the OUTSIDE of the brake swivel clamp, fitting it on the inside closest to the fork leg will mean the caliper sits at an angle to the disc, this means only the edge of the pad is pressed against the disc, meaning you'll have spongy brakes and crap brakes until the pad wears down at an angle.
I've been a Honda mechanic for over 30 year and the CB500 and CB550 are my speciality, I've got 2 500 and 2 550s, all of them have the mudguard bracket on the outside.

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