Finished!

Gauges Right side Back side Top
Tank and seat Badge Lower front Left side

I’m happy to announce that I rode my creation for about 20 miles today, and it was a blast. I wanted to get a few miles on it, but not too many before I go back and re-check all the nuts and bolts.

You may notice that I made a few small changes. I changed the tachometer faceplate to black, installed a small digital speedometer just below the tach, and made a small bracket to relocate the ignition key to the left side of the tach. The digital speedometer is there because my homegrown GPS-based speedometer is given me some problems, and I am tired of messing with it for now. Relocating the ignition key allowed me to pull the tach in closer to the handle bar, and I think it gives it a cleaner look.

After getting the instruments worked out (at least for now), I re-synchronized the carburetors again and took it out for it’s first significant ride. The bike really draws a lot of attention, there were looky-loo’s everywhere.

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5 comments so far

  1. Mac on

    Nice. Would have liked to ride with you.

  2. ken on

    i love the looks of your bike, i just started the same project and want to know where did you get that tail/seat cowling.

    thanks,

    Ken

    • cb550 on

      The seat came with the bike purchase, though I modified it by shortening it by about 2 or 3 inches, shaving the vinyl snaps, and raising it up and tilting it forward slightly to give it a more aggressive stance.

      You can get a newer version of the seat from Carpy for $120.
      http://www.cb750cafe.com/parts.php?id=109

      Here is what it looked like when I purchased the bike:

      and with my modifications:

      Send me a link to monitor your progress if you are documenting it online. Good luck!

  3. Mac on

    Very nice Mike 🙂 Look forward to seeing you again someday.

  4. Joe on

    Hey great job on the bike.

    Where did you source your muffler? Is the header pipe stock? Thanks.


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