ENGINE, FUEL SYSTEM, IGNITION & EXHAUST
ENGINE: 1976 HONDA CB550. Bead-blasted, completely rebuilt from the bottom up, bored +0.5 mm to 59 mm (the original cylinder bore is 58.5 mm) and fitted with WISECO pistons (kit model number 40059M05900). Compression increased to 10:1 from the original 9:1 and displacement increased from the original 544 cc to 553 cc. Cylinder boring and valve job by TSI Competition Engines.
CARBURETORS: original KEIHIN, model 087A, completely rebuilt.
VELOCITY STACKS: one-off custom design, by STEEL DRAGON PERFORMANCE.
TANK: asymmetric, one-off, in-house design, all aluminum, custom-built and polished by BCR DESIGN, capacity = 2.0 US gallons
PETCOCK: by PINGEL, 6000 series
EXHAUST: modified original headers, ceramic-coated with CERAKOTE High Temperature Glacier Series coat. (When polished, the appearance is that of polished aluminum.)
IGNITION COILS: Dynatek Dyna Coils 5-ohm Dual Output DC8-1; Black DW-200 Wires
POINTS: new, original HONDA
CONTROLS & INSTRUMENTS
CLIP-ONS: Vortex, 35 mm, 7-degrees, all aluminum
THROTTLE TUBE: G2 Ergonomics Quick Turn Throttle Tube 50-150D, all aluminum
GRIPS: by ARIETE, model 02631-ALL, Alu-Rub Grips (polished in-house)
TACHOMETER: SMITHS Digital Chronometric CHR-R10; 0-10,000 RPM
FRAME: 1972 HONDA CB500, modified tail section, all original welds ground smooth. Powder-coated in sky blue and then clear-coated by TRICKED OUT CYCLES.FRONT SUSPENSION: original HONDA, rebuild with new tubes and springs.
REAR SUSPENSION: custom-built by WORKS PERFORMANCE gas shocks, 13.5″-long, Dual-Rate Springs. (The question about correcting the length of the kickstand when custom suspension is installed comes up a lot, so, in anticipation that it would come up here again, the answer is yes. The kickstand was lengthened by 1″. It was then polished and chromed.)
RIMS AND SPOKES: by Buchanan’ Spoke & Rim Inc. “Sun” rims in polished aluminum, stainless steel spokes.
TIRES: MICHELIN Pilot Activ. Front 3.25 – 19. Rear 4.00 – 18.
FRONT BRAKE: dual-disc, drilled rotors, original HONDA calipers, stainless steel lines, banjo fittings and 3-way splitter by GOODRIDGE
REAR BRAKE: original HONDA
HEADLIGHT: restored antique spot light (the bucket was chromed, the reflector was nickel-plated) fitted with a STANLEY lens.
HEADLIGHT RELAY: common latch relay incorporated in the headlight’s bucket.
TAIL/STOP LIGHT: 30-LED TruFLEX by Custom Dynamics.
BATTERY: 8-cell 240CA Lithium battery by Antigravity
REGULATOR/RECTIFIER: by RICK’S MOTORSPORT ELECTRICS, model # 10-100
HARNESS: custom 3-part harness terminating in aluminum aviation plugs; all bullet-socket connectors by VINTAGE CONNECTIONSPUSH-ON MOMENTARY MINI SWITCHES for the headlight and starter button.
SEAT, SIDE COVERS & FENDERS:
SIDE COVERS: perforated aluminum, designed and built in-house.
SEAT: designed and built in-house, aluminum pan, 1-inch foam, marine-grade semi-perforated black vinyl.
FENDERS: all aluminum, custom-built and polished by BCR DESIGN
EMBLEM: in-house design, 3M epoxy domed decal on black background with chromed letters, custom-made by CHROMED HOGOTHER:
All laser cutting by Keith Gayman.
All spacers and other specialty parts were machined by “uberacer” Gene at S&S General Services LLC
All welding by master welder Tim at Classic Cycles
OVERALL LENGTH = 80.5 inches (2,045 mm)
OVERALL WIDTH = 28.5 inches (724 mm)
OVERALL HEIGHT = 39 inches (991 mm)
SEAT HEIGHT = 29.75 inches (756 mm)
FOOT PEG HEIGHT: Position 1 = 12.25 inches (311 mm), Position 2 = 13.00 inches (330 mm), Position 3 = 13.75 inches (349 mm)
DRY WEIGHT = 357 lbs. (162 kg)
NOTE: The listed dry weight of an original 1976 HONDA CB550 is 423 lbs. (192 kg).
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