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Offline Kelly E

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CB550 K0 #449
« on: November 26, 2020, 03:53:59 AM »
I thought I would put up some picures of the 74' 550 build that I just finished. I've had it for 3 years but worked on other bikes for a year in the middle of the project. Here's some motor shots.
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1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2020, 03:56:33 AM »
The motor going into the frame.
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2020, 04:07:15 AM »
The rear sets I made from the stock peg mounts and a set of 82' V45 Sabre foot peg mounts. I cut 150mm out of the middle of the back fender after I removed the mount. Then welded back to the mount with the taillight wiring tunnel intact. For the seat I modified the stock base so it still uses the hinge and seat lock. A shop did the foam and the seat cover. We went with Hagon shocks and installed needle bearings in the swingarm.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2020, 04:37:10 AM by Kelly E »
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2020, 04:15:34 AM »
Then we finished up the rear lights and moved on to the front end. We assembled it and got the fork brace and front fender attached. We used Progressive brand springs and tapered roller bearing in the steering head. The front fender got 230mm cut out of the middle with the seam under the fork brace.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2020, 04:35:40 AM by Kelly E »
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 04:20:36 AM »
Then it was time for the headlight bucket and getting everything plugged into the new wiring harness. Time for the gauges.
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2020, 04:28:54 AM »
Now the front end is finished up with the controls mounted.
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2020, 04:32:22 AM »
Just waiting on the mirrors and need to sort out the jetting.
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2020, 10:17:47 AM »
Good work.

Very nicely done.
How does she ride?

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2020, 03:41:41 PM »
Good work.

Very nicely done.
How does she ride?

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I haven't really ridden it yet, just around the shop. Still waiting on some new jets.
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2020, 11:18:08 PM »
Not being critical or anything but the clocks look wrong, I thought they were supposed to be green faced
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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2020, 11:24:41 PM »
Very dark green on the K0. Light green on the K2/F1  ;)

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2020, 12:51:27 AM »
Not being critical or anything but the clocks look wrong, I thought they were supposed to be green faced

They are the original gauges, it is a very early 550. It was built in 8/73', it is why I didn't cut anything on the frame. I took all of the front end apart. I don't think the gauges had ever been off before. The gauges are Nippon Denso.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2020, 01:08:04 AM by Kelly E »
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2020, 09:33:42 AM »
That's my point. Blue faced gauges didn't start to appear until the 550F2 and 550K3 in 1977 approx. All the early ones had green faced gauges. I personally prefer the blue faced ones and maybe a previous owner did when they appeared and changed them.
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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2020, 03:36:15 PM »
Cool, thanks. Whatever the case I like the blue gauges and they both work. 8)
The Rust Brothers Garage Collection
1974 Honda CB550 K0
1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1979 Honda CB750F Super Sport
1980 Suzuki GS1100E
1982 Honda CB900F Super Sport
1984 Honda VF700S Sabre
1984 Honda VF1000F Interceptor
1990 Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans
1994 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000
2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy

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Re: CB550 K0 #449
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2020, 11:26:10 PM »
I love the way they look at night. Might not be original but who cares,  if you like them that’s all that matters
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