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Old 02-09-2006, 06:47 PM   #41
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I've got a CB550 stored and I've been thinking a "Gentleman's Express" restoration for years. I will read this series with great interest.
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:48 PM   #42
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Offer him 500 bucks and a case of really good beer. Get something a bit stronger for yourself. You'll probably need it before you have it the way it ought to be.
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Old 02-10-2006, 04:59 AM   #43
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On one hand having built a 75 CB550k cafe back the day.Yosh cam, kerker, I have to ask why? On the other hand it got me to pick up the phone and order parts for my 77 LeMans project which was crashed and burned by the PO.

I have a bad habbit of picking up Guzzis that have spent there years in swamps or leaning on a tree, I always say never again, this LeMans is the last one! Ya right.
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Old 02-10-2006, 05:47 AM   #44
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how did you minimize to 1/2 inch?..I work for the guvmint, and my computer faces the door,so I would be interested!!!
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Old 02-10-2006, 06:23 AM   #45
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Can you put the heads on backwards like the older Guzzis? Makes 'em look very Cushman-like.
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Old 02-10-2006, 07:08 AM   #46
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Now that is FUNNY and I can relate to all of that but the 1/2" window.

I use the method.



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Old 02-10-2006, 07:10 AM   #47
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sorry my formating left off my method



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Old 02-10-2006, 08:34 AM   #48
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This article couldn't have come at a better time. I just finished (it will never be finished) restoring a 1977 R100S. After all I spent getting my bike back to roadworthy condition, I could have bought a very nice, allmost new, motorcycle. Misery loves company and I will be following this series to its happy conclusion.
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Old 02-10-2006, 01:53 PM   #49
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I fell into the trap of buying a "Winter Bike" 1980 CM400E a while back (thinking the front drum would be more forgiving than a disc on a slippery road if I actually had to apply front brake or had brain fade on ice.) Regardless of the amount of lubricant on the clutch, throttle, and brake cables, they ALWAYS froze and thus rendered it unrideable in cold weather.



So I gave up, sprayed the tank and side covers Rustoleum red (rattle cans) to replace the brushed on flat black -- no kidding -- and in the interest of color coordination, I hacked the rusted mufflers off and installed short Cherry Bomb mufflers, using stainless steel hose clamps from a heavy duty truck shop for hangers (they cost nearly as much as the Cherry Bombs.) Capped 'em with little chrome tips for a touch of "bling".



JB Weld worked great to patch the cracked and leaking float bowl (the previous owner had used a hammer to free a stuck needle...) Never did replace the bowl.



It looked beyond cool, sounded fabulous, and made a wonderful Hooligan bike that scared Hell out of newbie squids riding on "The Latest Things". It always drew a crowd wherever we went (really peed off my buddies on the expensive machines!)



Sure, after I was finished buying a stator and numerous other items (tires, clutch, shocks and brakes), I had a great ($1,200) $400.00 motorcycle! But I rode it more than my "good" bike for two years. Then I gave it away to a buddy who temporarily couldn't afford a bike (along with the requisite cardboard box of spare parts - ha ha ha!)



I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.
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Old 02-10-2006, 07:51 PM   #50
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Outstanding! As soon as you get done with this one, let me know when you plan to start with the early 90's F2. I'll forward the 550 story to my dad, and you can tell me how to reassemble my pile of parts/used to be an F2. I'm sure my son would appreciate it.
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