1978 Honda CB550 Cafe Racer


This is an interesting bike with a mix of cool/new parts and a couple of relatively major things that need to be fixed. Easily, the best aesthetic feature is the cafe-style seat with the frenched taillight. And the paint looks really deep and glossy on the seat, tank, and the one side-panel that is visible in the pictures. I personally don’t really get the upside-down superbike bars, but there are a fair number of “cafe-style” bikes out there with them. The motor has a number of internal performance parts, and there are a lot of new consumables that come with the bike. It does, however, need a new stator and a ring job (according to the seller). I am pasting a full list of the mods and parts after the pictures.

I’m not quite sure what to make of the Buy-It-Now price of $2,500 for this bike given the re-ringing and stator replacement that the buyer will have to do. But the auction is currently at around $700 with 4 bidders and a little less than a day left. I would guess the bike won’t pass the reserve price, but we shall see where the sale of this bike ends up…

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    Hand made “Frenched” Tail light Café Racer Seat
    Chrome mini Bullet Turn Signals
    Gloss Black Single Stage Paint
    “Kreemed” Gas Tank
    Flanders Café Bars
    MAC 4:1 Exhaust System
    Web Cam Springs & Titanium Retainers
    Web 58B Camshaft
    Ported and Polished Head
    Head Decked for Higher compression
    New Old Stock BETOR Racing Shocks
    New EBC Clutch and Spring Set
    New Sunstar Sprockets
    New EBC Brakes, Front and Rear
    New Wheel Bearings Front and Rear
    New Fork Seals and Bushings
    New Battery
    New Petcock
    Carbs have new needles, seats, and gaskets in them
    New points and condenser

    Needs to be done:
    Stator has an issue on charging side, works sometimes, needs to be replaced.
    Will need new rings, smokes at start up, goes away as engine warms.

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