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550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« on: May 08, 2005, 02:42:56 PM »
Well, I'm now a 3 motorcycle family. The K3 arrived this afternoon and I must say it is absolutely stunning!

The seller restores E-Type Jags and did this as a sort of sideline (he bought a VTEC with the proceeds).  Registered in 1980, according to Bryan Jones' info it's a 1977 model.  It has been powder coated (even the brake arm!) with new spokes and rims and loads of history. 12500 miles from new.
Still got the user manual under the seat and the toolkit under the seat "hump".

So which one do I ride?  Obviously the 550 tomorrow - but I won't leave the 500 in the garage for too long.
« Last Edit: June 25, 2007, 06:53:43 AM by Glenn Stauffer »
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2005, 02:47:59 PM »
Wow.
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2005, 03:42:28 PM »
Double Wow! Congratulations. You really have to download/open the pic file to really appreciate it!
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2005, 04:46:27 PM »
Gorgeous!  Interesting the difference between your instrument/clutch/key group and my 1974.  My choke is on the side of the engine, key is on front of the engine.  Lovely pipes...care to sell them (hahahhah-Linda who thinks the only thing ugly about her bike is the "repaired" pipe on left top side)

Absolutely lovely bike!
Linda

PS-is this the one for your wife?? (am I confused??) If it is for her, WOW-she's one lucky lady!

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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005, 07:07:13 PM »
You're going to RIDE that bike?
I'd put it in my living room with velvet ropes around it (if I had a large enough living room).

Seriously, it's so nice, I'd be afraid to take it on the street.

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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005, 09:19:59 PM »
For those interested in rediculously fine examples of CB-restoration, I offer up this example from a recent eBay sale:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4543595776

Read the description of the work he did, and then go here to see nice pics of this bike, along with some other work he does.

http://community.webshots.com/user/jimzing

Anyone know this maniac?

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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2005, 01:42:05 AM »
I have the receipt for the wheels at £300 for the pair - I'll check where they were done when I get home and let you know.
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2005, 04:36:34 AM »
For those interested in rediculously fine examples of CB-restoration, I offer up this example from a recent eBay sale:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4543595776

That's about £1500, which is a good price.  I know that everything is cheaper in the US (especially bikes on eBay).

I paid £1750 for the K3 which included delivery (about £150), which is a lot for a 25 year old bike, but look at the condition...

I will be riding this bike - but not during the English (road salt) winter.
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2005, 09:54:23 AM »
Gorgeous!  Interesting the difference between your instrument/clutch/key group and my 1974.  My choke is on the side of the engine, key is on front of the engine.

Hello Linda.

At some stage Honda completely redesigned the bike (not the engine).
My 500 has the key under the tank and the choke on the carbs. All later fours had the newer instrument pod.
Here's a picture of the 500 to compare:
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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2005, 03:44:43 PM »
Mine is just like the second photo.  And I meant the "choke" (not the clutch) being on the instrument panel.  Mine is a small lever about even with the carbs??

Nice Bike though!  I can't figure out the exchange rate on the money thingy...would I take the L amount and multiply it by 1.5 to get US dollars?

Linda
who is slobbering over the photos of this beauty!

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Re: 550K3 Arrives - do I change my name?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2005, 05:40:28 PM »
Very clean 550!  I likee.  I like the pipes on the later model 550s better than whats on mine but the color scheems kinda went down hill from 75 in my op.  Just not a big fan of...brown(76) or the red stripes vs. the gold and white 77+up.  I love the 74 paint colors/ scheems the best.

Linda,  I think that comes to about $3300 u.s. but like Steve said thats shipping included.

 

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