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post #1 of 21 Old 02-19-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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1975 Honda CB550

Down in Pensacola this week, found this on Craigslist:

http://pensacola.craigslist.org/mcy/1039003978.html

The owner restores vintage bikes, here's his website:

http://www.seasidevintagecycles.com/

Going to go check it out tomorrow afternoon, he says it runs great and can be a daily driver, but not really a show quality restoration candidate. Would make a great cafe racer huh?

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Down in Pensacola this week, found this on Craigslist:

http://pensacola.craigslist.org/mcy/1039003978.html

The owner restores vintage bikes, here's his website:

http://www.seasidevintagecycles.com/

Going to go check it out tomorrow afternoon, he says it runs great and can be a daily driver, but not really a show quality restoration candidate. Would make a great cafe racer huh?
Looks good. Can you have him put a new tire on and ride it home?

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Beauty - entry fee isn't so bad, especially if it runs and needs nothing but a new front tire. Where's Simpson?

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heck scott.... i'll fly up there and ride it home for ya... just pay my airfare..



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If I decide to buy it I'll come back down with my pickup and haul it home. Not like I need another bike but a CB550 cafe racer would be really cool!

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If you need space, I'll hold on to that FJR for ya - you won't even have to pay for my airfare

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That's part of my problem, I have a 35,000 sq ft building, space is not an issue.

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Scott: The CB550 would make a fine cafe racer. Not much ever goes wrong with these 550's.

Here is a little tease.


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Oh man...I'd probably scoop it up if I were closer...Nice find


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MisterMike...What do ya think about this...1977 CB 550

Dangit...See what you guys started with all this classic stuff


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Seems awfully cheap , is the milage takning the price down ?

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I'll find out in a few hours, excited to see it. Will be tough to concentrate on the boring banker I'm meeting with this morning.

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MisterMike...What do ya think about this...1977 CB 550

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I'm not a big fan of the touring accessories. Find out if he has the original seat. Other than that, knock off a few $$ for the dented tank and buy it. Restore or cafe racer, it's a excellent bike.

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I'll find out in a few hours, excited to see it. Will be tough to concentrate on the boring banker I'm meeting with this morning.
Scott: call me if you have a questions while you are checking it out.

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I didn't like those accesories either...your cafe racer pic inspired me


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Heading over to Destin now, borrowed a pickup, cash in pocket, we'll see if it speaks to me enough to make it mine.

I wrestled with the idea all last night, on one hand it's silly to buy it 775 miles from home. I'd have to drive back down with my truck and haul it back to Indy, or leave it here to ride when I'm in town but that's not frequently enough to make it worth it. Plus if I kept a bike here I wouldn't want a 35 year old carb machine, something modern that will fire right up after sitting for a couple of months would make more sense.

On the other hand, it's cheap, it supposedly runs and rides great, it's owned by a vintage bike restorer who has already gone through it and made it a reliable daily driver. It would make a nice complement to our CB350-4 and also give me a running example to help with the restoration of the 350. I've always wanted a cool cafe bike and this one seems perfect for that since it's not an original example already. Our 350 is all original and will make a perfect restoration show bike someday, so I could cafe this one out and have the best of both worlds, stock and custom. All I'd need is a CB750 then and I'd have the whole early CB-Four spectrum covered.

Obviously I'm babbling and rationalizing at this point, off to see it in person and let the motorcycle Gods guide me.

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Obviously I'm babbling and rationalizing at this point, off to see it in person and let the motorcycle God's guide me.
buy it...



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Both of them look pretty straight, I like the side pipes, sbeau, wonder how it sounds?

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Well it sounded loud and ran strong, about the only good things I can say. It was very rough, bad chrome, oil leaks everywhere, rust galore, laid down hard on right side. I passed but enjoyed the chase as always!

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The owner was a cool old guy with a shop full of vintage bikes in various stages of restoration, see his website I posted above for some pics. Said he used to be a Hollywood motorcycle stuntman, had the pics to prove it. Didn't really mind the wild goose chase, beautiful day for a drive along the Gulf Coast.

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Back home in Indiana, cold!! Too bad the CB550 wasn't nicer, but I guess for the price maybe I was expecting too much. Oh well, the barn bikes beckon this week!

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Sorry it did not work out for you Scott. Guess $900 does not buy much these days.

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