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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - More Progress & Photos
« Reply #50 on: February 18, 2008, 08:50:11 am »


        Ya know FJ, I started out, keeping up with your build and somehow got sidetracked. I just got back to it and went through the whole thing from start to where you are now and can't tell you how impressed I am with your indepth involvement you have shown. To say that you are committed to this build, would be an understatement. You are building Quite a bike here and it's making an outstanding Statement. 8) ;)  Keep up the great work my friend. You are to be commended. BTW, I figure that parts use and changes made are a matter of preference, which are up to the builder. ;)

                                      Later on, Bill :) ;)

                                   
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - More Progress & Photos
« Reply #51 on: February 18, 2008, 05:14:11 pm »
Thanks for your kind words Bill, and welcome back.

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Jimmy

           Words well deserved Jimmy! ;) I mean, with the fork swap, the seat, fender, headlight mount and not the least, those incredible "full adjustable" rearsets, you've really got a talent there! Also, the way you've got things planned out, is incredible in itself. You keep on building and I'll keep on watching. ;)

           I'm still looking for the time, energy and money to be able to get a serious start on something.

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - More Progress & Photos
« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2008, 06:02:27 am »



         FJ, that glass work is fantastic! 8)  Those fenders look grea! Especially liking that Suzuki copy! Keep up the good work.

                                          Take care, Bill :) ;)   
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - More Progress & Photos
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2008, 07:41:56 am »
Thanks Bill

Actually both fenders are Suzuki GS units, but I like the front smoothie best too.
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - More Progress & Photos
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2008, 08:13:07 am »
I love the back fender. I like the look of my stocker cut down but miss the lip around the edge. I'm considering doing something similar to what you did and create the lip all the way around the edge but with the shorty look.


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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #55 on: April 27, 2008, 12:56:58 am »
Very good. I have just read through your posts again. Your front hub and rearsets projects are works of art.

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #56 on: April 27, 2008, 04:55:18 am »
Very nice finished bike and great to see it come to end of Phase 1. Well done!

Looking forward to the ride report!

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #57 on: April 27, 2008, 01:45:43 pm »
looks good and the best thing about it is none of the parts  stand out they all just compliment each other . Everything looks like it supposed to be there

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #58 on: April 27, 2008, 05:53:52 pm »
Looks great Jimmy and just in time. Now go enjoy it!

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #59 on: June 26, 2008, 11:40:09 pm »
I'm in love with that setup. Fantastic work. Time to get busy on the lathe and mill it sounds like.

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2008, 10:10:55 pm »
Holy cow man this build rocks. Fantastic job.

Could you post some more details about the Kerker pipes? Where'd you get them, did you have to modify them, etc.

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #61 on: July 02, 2008, 04:20:42 am »
very nice work there.

Nicely done.

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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase I Complete
« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2008, 04:36:43 pm »
NICE WORK!!!

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CB550F Cafe Project - Phase II
« Reply #63 on: September 09, 2008, 07:33:31 pm »
Well up until now the build's been all about sorting the chassis and styling out, and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.
The bike rides great! It tracks perfectly and carves the corners with much more confidence and stability than I could have imagined for a 35 year old bike, and the single disc brake has all the stopping power I could want in a vintage café racer too.

In this next phase I'll be focused on making the bike look good and run even better. Here, it's all about the details.

Before I strip the bike down to the frame, I went to work mounting these awesome, fully adjustable Attack Racing billet triple trees that I found on ebay.
 
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« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2008, 01:18:00 pm »
These triples are a lot beefier looking than the stock Yamaha R6 triples and lighter too.
Gonna have to find a better location for the ignition switch though.
Notice that large plate of aluminum under the steering head?
I'll machine the steering stops from that plate.

 
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase II
« Reply #65 on: December 02, 2008, 12:00:39 pm »
Slow and steady as she goes.
Machining the steering stops from a solid plate was quite a bit more complicated and time consuming than I thought.
Here they are ready for a little fine finishing before being anodized.
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase II
« Reply #66 on: December 02, 2008, 12:10:56 pm »
Top Notch.  Where do I send my bike for you to work on.  I'll take a duplicate :)
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase II
« Reply #67 on: December 27, 2008, 03:57:26 pm »
Top notch work! I love the quality of work.

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« Reply #68 on: January 29, 2009, 07:28:04 pm »
Before sending the frame out for the mirror black powder coating, I removed redundancies including the factory seat lock, helmet holds, tabs and anything else that stands out.
I also had tabs welded on for the muffler bracket, a little cosmetic fillet brazing to clean up things and welded the connection between the head tube and two down tubes to reduce flex.

 
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« Reply #69 on: January 29, 2009, 07:28:34 pm »
When the frame was back from the powder coater, it started to come together nicely, but with the frame striped of the fenders, air box, battery and electrics is was easy to see that the rear wheel was left of center by almost 3/16th of an inch. I relocated the Dresda swingarm with new bearing cups and now the wheel is in perfect alignment.
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« Reply #70 on: January 29, 2009, 07:29:51 pm »
While I'm at it, I thought about making some old school headlight ears to keep the vintage look.
Here I'm boring an aluminum tube to slip over the forks.
 
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« Reply #71 on: January 29, 2009, 07:30:40 pm »
Once the ID is correct and the length is cut, it's time for a test fit.
There are two rubber washers to keep a little tension on the tube and eliminate vibration.
Clip-ons are Gilles Tooling GP-Light
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« Reply #72 on: January 29, 2009, 07:31:19 pm »
Here are the headlight ears after welding.
Everything fits perfectly!

 
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« Reply #73 on: January 29, 2009, 07:31:58 pm »
The frame looks awesome powder coated in mirror black. Hope it stays that way.
You will also notice the Works Performance piggyback racer shocks on the rear.
 
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Re: CB550F Cafe Project - Phase II
« Reply #74 on: January 29, 2009, 07:34:34 pm »
Nice work Jimmy, love those headlight ears, i need a set for my 43mm forks.

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