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post #1 of 30 Old 01-15-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Another CB550

Seems that someone up there wants me to buy a CB550! This one just hit Craigslist today, a bit more expensive than the one from a few weeks ago but looks pretty cool...

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/mcy/539935872.html

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post #2 of 30 Old 01-15-2008, 03:39 PM
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Why don't you look for a 1989 Honda GB500? This thing makes my pants tight.


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Why don't you look for a 1989 Honda GB500? This thing makes my pants tight.

THAT is majorly cool!!

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The problem with the GB500, sky high prices for one in decent shape.

A CB550 can be had for a whole lot less.

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The CB550 looks pretty nice sbeau1960. If it is that clean in person it may be worth the extra $.

That GB500 is exactly what I would do to a CB if I got one. How did Honda not make it huge on that thing? I think they could put that thing on the showroom floor today and sell out.

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The problem with the GB500, sky high prices for one in decent shape.
I take it, it was a limited production?

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I take it, it was a limited production?
Nah, not limited production. They never sold well, kind like the 650 Hawk-GT. These bikes sat on show room floors.

There is on for sale on this site. Asking price is $4650

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In 1989 and 1990 Honda was ahead of the times, made awesome bikes, and no one in the US bought them. It seems like they have been fairly conservative ever since then with our market.

The reason these things are bucks are because they were brought in for 2 years (89-90) and have a cult following of sorts.

CB-1
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A friend had a 1987 Magna that came with 4 exhaust pipes!

Back in 1998 I paid $2k (I think, can't remember) for a 1989 CB-1, which was about what people wanted for the Hawk at the time.

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They should have held those part in the bins for another twenty years. That GB500 would be spot on market competition for the Triumph Thruxton, Ducati Sport.

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I think I just found my new dream bike.

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That bike is pretty cool, but is it that much better than a modern Triumph Thruxton?

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That bike is pretty cool, but is it that much better than a modern Triumph Thruxton?

I think the Triumph might hurt my checking account just a tad more.

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Looks kinda like this BSA custom.






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AWESOME!!! I WANT ONE.


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Why don't you look for a 1989 Honda GB500? This thing makes my pants tight.


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I don't have any pics of my CB-1. They all came in blue, but mine was painted red. Later I found out that the frame was bent and dented, and covered with bondo... after I crashed the hell out of it.

It looked like this:

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I think I just found my new dream bike.
They're all over evil-bay right now, fetching 5-10 grand......I am looking at this snot-box
right now. Thinking of building my own cafe racer over the Summer, in time for some Fall rides.....

I'm taking a big risk putting this beauty out there, please don't poach me bros!!!!

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They're all over evil-bay right now, fetching 5-10 grand......I am looking at this snot-box
right now. Thinking of building my own cafe racer over the Summer, in time for some Fall rides.....

I'm taking a big risk putting this beauty out there, please don't poach me bros!!!!
If and when you pick up a old CB750 let me know. I probably could put a basket case together blind folded, well not really blind folded.

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Sounds good bro!!

I will make you and JohnnyB tops on the list of people I pester!!!

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Here is a little tease:

* 29mm Mikuni smoothbore carburetors w/K&N individual filters.
* Dyna III electronic ignition.
* High energy Andrews coils.
* 750cc bored out 3mm to 812cc.
* 11:1 compression ratio.
* R.C. Engineering aluminum alloy golden rods.
* Andrews D grind cam.
* Ported and polished combustion chambers.
* Balanced pistons with custom designed crowns.
* Heavy-duty valve springs.
* Reinforced cam towers.
* Precision ground 4130 heat-treated alloy cylinder studs.
* Custom fabricated 0.5mm aluminum head gasket.

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They're all over evil-bay right now, fetching 5-10 grand......I am looking at this snot-box
right now. Thinking of building my own cafe racer over the Summer, in time for some Fall rides.....

I'm taking a big risk putting this beauty out there, please don't poach me bros!!!!
Great potential for a complete redux.

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Here is a little tease:

* 29mm Mikuni smoothbore carburetors w/K&N individual filters.
* Dyna III electronic ignition.
* High energy Andrews coils.
* 750cc bored out 3mm to 812cc.
* 11:1 compression ratio.
* R.C. Engineering aluminum alloy golden rods.
* Andrews D grind cam.
* Ported and polished combustion chambers.
* Balanced pistons with custom designed crowns.
* Heavy-duty valve springs.
* Reinforced cam towers.
* Precision ground 4130 heat-treated alloy cylinder studs.
* Custom fabricated 0.5mm aluminum head gasket.
I've got a "semi" Safe to assume you'll install of these things for me???????????????????


I am completely infatuated with this guy's work. If my bike looks close to this I'll be happy. To me, this is sheer beauty.





And dude I was thinking of you last week when this baby right here went up on the block.

10 Grand!!!

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Just have to love a pedestrian slicer!

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Carpy builds some nice cafe racers.

Thanks for the Rickman link. You ruined my night. My Rickman would have put that eBay one to shame. I sold it for a mere $4,000.

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My ultimate Rickman cafe racer.


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I can see you riding that Mike. That thing is sweet, as well as some others posted.

DGJAM, wow does that bring back some memories. I still, to this day, kick my own behind for selling my Dad's 550. Nice brown/black colors to it. He put 73,000 miles on the thing before he died. I got it up to 119,000 and sold it.

I seriously considered one before I bought the F3. Still might someday. It would be cool to restore it as I remember it.

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GB500 for sale in Seattle.

I know this guy and his stuff is always excellent, although I think he wants too much for this. I live a few blocks from the shop if anyone wants some pics of his other tasty bikes for sale. Or the red head in some of the pics.

http://www.redlabelmoto.com/details.asp?srID=300

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Here ya go.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honda...3286.m14.l1308

Looks to be in good shape, with the only significant change being the Supertrapp exhaust.

I still have both of mine (A blue '88 and an '89) and as far as I'm concerned they are going in my will!

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Here ya go.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honda...3286.m14.l1308

Looks to be in good shape, with the only significant change being the Supertrapp exhaust.

I still have both of mine (A blue '88 and an '89) and as far as I'm concerned they are going in my will!

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This beauty is being sold in my home state. Sure is tempting.

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