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Offline seanbarney41

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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2019, 10:44:20 pm »
Gotta love it when a bike cooperates this well.  Its just a little gem and has been nothing but a pleasure to work on so far, despite a couple challenges.  Just goes to show how good we could all have it, in a world without idiotic previous owners.  Everything I have inspected on this bike appears t o be untouched.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2019, 01:35:15 am »
Sean, big congrats to your bike!
I have exactly the same recently. That green is really special one ;)

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CB550K1 USA model (1975)

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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2019, 07:43:28 pm »
Really nice write up and very good looking 500 :)
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2019, 12:59:47 am »
Thanks guys...it is a 550 though...not that they are very different.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2019, 06:42:29 am »
  Ain't nothing wrong  being a 550, always been my favorite.  It's getting really hard to find them in that condition anymore, no rust, seat rot or faded paint... and unmolested.......almost like buying her new. Great find!
A few Honda 500's, a few Honda 550's, a few Honda 650's, '72 cb 450, a couple 500/550/650 hybrids, and 2001 750. 
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2019, 07:00:25 am »
Thanks for stopping by, RB.  You are definitely THE 550 guy.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2019, 07:16:26 am »
The candy jade green paint is in such good shape, too.
1975 CB550K1 "Blue" Stockish Restomod (http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=135005.0)
1975 CB550F1 frame/CB650 engine hybrid "The Hot Mess" (http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,150220.0.html)
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1977 CB750K7 "Nine Lives" Restomod (http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=50490.0) - Sold
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2019, 11:02:31 am »
I have not even cleaned or polished the bodywork yet.  I will certainly try to post some quality "golden hour" pics when I do.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2019, 06:06:45 pm »
Oops, my bad! Sorry :)
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2019, 07:39:45 am »
Nice score Sean!   I'm a 750 guy that loves 'the middleweights" too.

That looks like one Eric would have picked, how'd you find before him?!
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2019, 09:29:56 am »
Heh heh, Facebook market place tends to bypass various old curmudgeon buyers.  Ordinarily, that would include me too.  But I got people looking out.  Plus, Eric don't got much love for the little bikes.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #36 on: May 21, 2019, 06:53:12 am »
Wow! Impressive survivor there and she cleaned up really fast!!!!!! What's the plan now Sean?
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2019, 09:43:11 am »
I want to enjoy some riding, take it to a couple shows, then sell.  I got a lot more 750s that need the space!  Also, it is not finished yet.  I need to find a number 1 323 pipe and a grab rail, and some other small parts.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #39 on: June 28, 2019, 09:19:51 pm »
So...i grabbed a number 1 pipe off ebay.  It's not in great shape, but the baffle was intact (or so I thought).  I had a welder friend braze up some damage with silicon bronze.  Then I noticed the baffle was very neatly drilled.  So still sounding like a thumper single :-[    only wasted $60, and $60 More for the brazing
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2019, 09:39:01 pm »
I went ahead and mounted the new pipe anyway.  Splashed out for some rather approximate repro exhaust collars sold by 4 into 1.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #41 on: June 28, 2019, 09:52:15 pm »
Sooo, I guess I better fix the front brake.  The master cylinder was totally packed with a substance that resembled, err, well,   mud?  So I bolted up a working spare.  Found the bottom brake line clogged with a similar substance.  Stabbed a long wire through and got it to squirt across the shop, then flushed the lines clear with brake cleaner.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #42 on: June 28, 2019, 10:10:12 pm »
I really want to rebuild the master cylinder that came with the bike, as the anodized finish is in close to the best condition I have seen.  I bought a Honda oem kit and carefully installed it, but so far the master cylinder won't build pressure.  So back to the trusty spare.
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #43 on: June 29, 2019, 09:09:53 am »
Yeah!  I really feel like Michigan is one of the best places in the world to be finding these old bikes.  They just keep turning up.  Really happy I get the chance to save another one.

they really are endless here
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Re: 1975 cb550k survivor
« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2019, 03:11:04 pm »
Yeah!  I really feel like Michigan is one of the best places in the world to be finding these old bikes.  They just keep turning up.  Really happy I get the chance to save another one.

they really are endless here
my buddy who found this bike for me, just scored a 1948 norton...just unbelievable
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