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Offline CoachDoc

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Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:23:32 pm »
It has been suggested to start a registry of SOHC owners who have owned their bikes since leaving the showroom. I purchased my CB550 new in Montebello, CA on June 9, 1974 and I've had it ever since. After several lengthy periods when the bike "slept" I did a pretty complete restoration last year. The cherry on the top came when I discovered that a new run of OEM 4 into 4 pipes had been produced by Honda after they had been unavailable in the mid-90's. The bike is now restored to virtually 100% stock.
Anybody else who is an original owner, strut your stuff here.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2012, 07:31:53 pm by CoachDoc »

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 08:00:40 am »
I purchased my CB750 K4 in Sept of 1974.  I installed a black Windjammer fairing with Honda stripes in 1975.  And the seat and saddle bags were installed in 1977.
I removed the fairing last fall just to try it out.  I liked it.  I may re-install it at some time, so the frame is still on the bike.
At times, I consider selling it.  But, my daughter says that it is her inheritance. ;D  (Along with my Piper Cub)
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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 04:38:48 pm »
Thanks to CoachDoc for starting this thread. 

I bought my 76 550K in July 76 from a dealer in Macon Ga.  Immediately put a Zoom 4-1 on it and told the guy at the bikeshop to keep the stock pipes.  Yep...I was a  Bonehead 17 year old.

Put 8000 miles on it back in the day and...for some reason I really don't recall, stuck it in the basement.  I moved it to three different basements before decided (about 3 years ago) to get it running.

New exhaust, tires, battery, cables and a carb re-build later..got 16,000 miles on it and it runs like a new one.  Somehow the tank stayed perfect...got lucky with that.  O yea.....chain and sprockets too.

The before pic is what I looked at and thought.......hmmmmm...wonder what it would take?????

I will say that gettin it back on the road would have never happened if I had not found this forum.

Cheers,

Bill aka Bluto

« Last Edit: January 25, 2012, 05:26:47 pm by Bluto »
76 550K bought brand new...mothballed for 30 years... and still running great
81 XR 80
82 XR 200

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 09:23:24 pm »
Bill, what an awesome before and after photo set. Truly amazing transformation. Loved the story about those original pipes- OUCH. How's it running now? It looks stunning....nice work.

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 07:26:02 am »
Thanks CoachDoc

She runs as good now as ever (knocks on wood).  Probably better on the road thanks to new tire technology compared to the old 70's Bridgestones.   The North Ga. SOHC4 gang have 3 or 4 road trips already planned for this coming year. 

Cheers,

Bill
76 550K bought brand new...mothballed for 30 years... and still running great
81 XR 80
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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012, 09:04:43 am »
Does a bike staying in the same family since new count?  My wife wants to know because my bike was her fathers.

MJ
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Offline hoodellyhoo

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 06:32:48 pm »
Does a bike staying in the same family since new count?  My wife wants to know because my bike was her fathers.

MJ

close enough for me! Now show some pics and tell us the story!
1972 CB350F (Back from the Dead!)- http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=20822.0
1965? S65 - Coming Eventually!
1972 CB750K2 (father-son project)
1976 CB750K6- (sold) http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=96859.0
1976 CB750K6 (sold)- http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=62569.0

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 02:58:30 pm »
Does a bike staying in the same family since new count?  My wife wants to know because my bike was her fathers.

MJ
Sounds good to me. This is a legacy bike we're talking about here- makes it extra special. Photos and the story, please.

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 03:57:51 pm »
Add me to the list, although the bike was a while before it left the showroom due to a war temporaily
affecting sales, I bought it in cyprus in 1976 I have not ever bothered to find out what year it was
I took it apart in 1980 to clean it up and its never gone back together, although I did have the engine
checked out last year and its like new inside, so I have to restore the chassis, I have another one
which I will use for spares,
2 x cb350-four honda 500-4 race bike
rickman cb750 1 x rc163 replica, 2 x cbr250r yamaha tzr250 yamaha tz350
yamaha trx850 yamaha rd500 suzuki gt250 suzuki gt500 plus Norton's, Triumphs,Velocette's and BSA's

Plus bunch of Brits, Velo's, Triumphs Norton, AJS and others

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 07:59:28 pm »
We're going to add me to this list.  This is my girlfriends fathers bike. Purchased when brand new.  1977 Honda CB750A. I am now in the process of resurrecting the bike from the dead as it has been sitting in his garage for the past 26 years.  Yes, that's right it hasn't been on the road since 1991. The scoot currently has 29k on the odometer.  This was his baby and I am going to get it running and safe so he can take it for a ride again despite not being in the best of health. At that point the bike becomes mine and will never leave my ownership. 




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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2017, 02:55:05 pm »
I have a 350 four I purchased new in Cyprus in April 1976, it was probably in the show room for a few years prior to that...
2 x cb350-four honda 500-4 race bike
rickman cb750 1 x rc163 replica, 2 x cbr250r yamaha tzr250 yamaha tz350
yamaha trx850 yamaha rd500 suzuki gt250 suzuki gt500 plus Norton's, Triumphs,Velocette's and BSA's

Plus bunch of Brits, Velo's, Triumphs Norton, AJS and others

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Re: Registry of Original Owner Bikes
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2018, 09:11:26 pm »
Count me in!
Purchased my first bike in 1974 from Davis Honda in St. Clair Shores, MI, CB400F, dark blue. Rode the heck outta that all across the US. Loved that bike.. It flew out of my trailer when it flipped on the way to Denver :-X :'(. Still in my garage and may not be resurrected for some time. Bought my 76 550F (that beautiful turquoise metallic) from Anderson Honda in Pontiac, MI and rode that one for several years till I dumped it doing something stupid. It is now a doner for my 74 CB550K I purchased for $500 from a dude who needed the dough. It was already kinda ratty but it rode fine. I have been doing a father and (22 year old) son resto on it for over a year and will post some pics real soon. My last purchase was a 1985 VF700F (red) from Anderson again. Not an SOHC but a real beauty and I have ridden it across the US, and Canada up into Newfoundland and parts around there. It's been siting for 23 years but is in better shape than my 550 was and should be on the toad this year yet.. Deal is that my son will help me with it when his is road ready. The 550 is his first bike.  Pretty excited to go on the first touring ride with him. :-*

 

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