1975 Honda CB550 Four (as CB500 four) US Import Barn Find Classic Restoration For Sale
Description 1975 Honda CB550 Four (as CB500 four) US Import Barn Find Classic Restoration
You are viewing our Honda CB550 four partly restored project.
With the exception of the mirrors, clocks and 50cc; it’s the same machine as
the CB500 four that I rode to Greece and back on in 1978. The bike ran like a
Swiss watch back then, and a little nostalgia brought me to start a restoration
project this time last year. This bike came up on Ebay as a USA import, just at
the time I was looking for a Winter project. The mileage is very low as you can see,
and I have no reason to believe that its not genuine.
As you will see in the items listed below, I have already
done a lot of work; from having the frame powder coated as well as replacing
many essential parts from David Silver’s fine catalogue. The bike was stripped
down and the frame and painted-items sent for blasting. The carbs were stripped
to be cleaned, and rebuilt with all new internals, jets, needles etc. Everything
else was meticulously cleaned, any corrosion removed, and replaced or refitted
as required. The plan was to ride her this Summer, but somehow other things
took priority and the project stopped around July.
The engine starts and runs. I’m not very
good at balancing carbs, perhaps someone with more skill than me will have her
running sweetly in no time. I haven’t touched the engine internals, however, with so few miles on the clock, wear will be at an absolute
minimum, but please remember that the bike is 40 years old. Bad things? The tank paint has faded to green on the top, something I have seen in other Hondas of this era. One of the side panels has a small crack. There is a small repair to the seat cover. I have other projects on the go for this
Winter, and have reluctantly decided that its better for someone else to have fun
finishing the project, than the bike sitting under covers in a corner.
There are still many things to do if you want to finalise
the restoration and bring her to full concourse spec. So, lots of fun to be had
yet. Good things? Its worth noting at this point that the most expensive part of such a rebuild
on a Honda Four is the exhausts. These cost over £1600 to purchase if you can find them; it was the
overall condition of the exhausts, that attracted me to the bike, as you
can see in the photos; they are very good. Everything else is either replaced or good and solid.
Parts restored or replaced are as follows.
Frame and painted-parts blasted and powder
New steering head bearings
Complete front fork rebuild with new fork seals
New drive chain and both sprockets
New front brake master cylinder and front pads
Electronic ignition system to replace old points
Carb rebuild with new needles, jets and seals
New plug caps and spark plugs
New Headlight assembly
New carb inlet rubbers
New side stand spring and rubber
New rear shock absorbers.
It’s a pity that I won’t get to ride the bike after so many hours of
labour. I’m sure that someone will find lots of pleasure, whether they decide
to keep her as is, or start chroming and polishing.
Details: The bike can be viewed by appointment, please send a message via EBay, or contact David on 07768 847560. GBP 100 deposit via Paypal on winning the auction, cash or electronic bank transfer on collection. I will supply the papers that came with the bike, as well as instructions you can use to get a UK registration.
The bike is advertised elsewhere, so I reserve the right to end the auction early if sold.