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Thread: Back on the road. '76 CB550F Super Sport

  1. #76
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    Back from a nice wee toodle on some back roads I haven't been on for a while. One funnily enough is called Zig Zag Rd and it was. About 5kms or or so of gravel to tenderise the 10 year old tyres for another few hundred kms of tarmac use,. Brillient day for it. Loads of fun.
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    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    Back last November I had some gold "SUPER SPORTS " decails made by Capture Signs on Tramaine Av. They were meant to go on the tank under the Honda badges as per original layout. Put a pair on both side covers and they don't look too bad and break up the black. If I deside to change my mind I have another pair to fit.

    Nice day out.
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    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    Crikey it's raining cats n dogs out side. What does one do on a dreary day like this? Pull that 40 somerthing year old japper out of the shed, don ones helmet, riding gear and favorate pair of gumboots and go for a wee skoot of course.

    Will report back on how it went....
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    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    380km round trip to see Dad over at Havelock North. Moderate rain and low cloud going over the Saddle Rd. Back route to Dannivagas coming out at the top pub just before the 100kph zone. Norsewood, Takapua Plains then HW50. Across to Waipawa via Ongaonga, then Camp David, Middle Rd on to Havelock North. Gasbagged with Dad for a few hours. He's toying with the idea of getting a GL1200 trike. After the visit off to the Z to gas up and met a chap from Nelson called Graeme who is is into bikes and wanted to know the history of my CB550. Half an hour later(it was the condenced version) I'm kitted up and off home to barmy Palmy. On up Burma Rd, which is gravel and over due for grading, over to Argle back to HW50 then the Takapua Plains. Played cat and mouse with a nicely set up Harley Sportster, without tassles thank goodness, to Dannivagas then wave him off at the top pub and back on to Topgrass Rd, Valley Rd, Saddle Rd and then home.

    Rained cats n dogs from Topgrass Rd through to Ashurst. A gentle reminder to respray my DryRider gear.
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    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    Got another set of stickers from Sharon at Computer Signs in Bennet Str. They were not busy so made them up straight away. Only charged me $5 for the pair which was awesome.
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    Fitted a couple of decals from the CB550 decal pack I got back in Nov last year. Tank filler cover flap warning decal and tyre pressure decal on the drive chain guard. Anoraks may moan about their locations but I couldn't care less. Click image for larger version. 

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    Popped in to para rubber to get some stuff and popped in to Super Cheap Autos to have a look around. My current favorite m/c oil is on special at $21 for a 4ltr pack. I'll pop in tomorrow to get a pack. While in town about 10 seperate individuals commented on how good the ol gal looks which made me smile. Must be doing something right....
    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    Going through some more containers and came across two sets of GSX750EZ fork tube cap assys and a pair of 1" brass spacers. All suitable for the 35mm front forks on the CB550F . So I have plenty of preload adjustment options. Having two sets of EZ caps means I can modify a set with slightly different cam hights from original. Isn't it nice to have choices?
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    Well the CB was feelling neglected so I pulled her out of the shed into the car port.... First thought was FUCK this is low!.....Placed her on that ever useful attachment called a centre or main stand..... Removed the bikini fairing securing it to the top of the front mud guard with a small bungy....Then proceeded to mask, sand and prep the intruments and top triple clamp for painting.... Easy enough to do in place....240 git and some 400 grit for the sanding and some masking tape left over from house renovations as well as some old sheeting for preventing the spray paint getting where it shouldn't....

    For paint I used Galmet flat black Duragal for the initial couple of light coats, next was cheap black gloss for from Super Cheap Autos($12 for 3 cans of any colour), the next two heavier coats and finish off with a heavy coat of clear laquer.... Half an hour to three quarters of an hour between coats......Removed the masking material then cleaned up with a small bladed scew driver and a rag with some turps on it.....Another job done......

    Between coats I did some other m/c related stuff to keep occupied.............
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    "Every time you set your ass on a bike, you're playing a game of Russian Roulette between yourself and your own stupidity."

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    EMGO Cafe "muffler" fitment.

    Decided I'll give the chrome cafe "muffler" I bought last Nov when I was sousing parts from 1into1.com.....
    It's 10 minute job to take the EMGO standard reverse cone muffler off and fit the cafe one on.... Two 13mm spanners, two 12mm spanners and a longish flat baded screw driver to lock the rear muffler bolt from rotating while doing up the lock nut.... When I disposed of the original Honda muffler due to rusting I kept the oem muffler mount with the handy dandy main stand stop in place and attached a Givi universal pannier mount bracket and 3 mount clamps. then fitted the EMGO standard reverse cone muffler in its place.....Collen of Two Wheels Eng. made me an adapter from the headers to the muffler using some tubing I supplied him with for the EMGO muffler fitment.... Now that was well over 25 years ago and I payed $99 for it from Paul at Manawatu Motercycles at the time.... I inspected it inside as well as out on removal of the standard reverse cone muffler and absolutely no sign of rust. How's that for value for money? FWIW you can get shorty reverse cone muffler if you need one.....The cafe muffler has a nice label on it to warn those fitting it to only use on pre 1983 motorcycles because it is not EPA noise compliant

    Tried some fancy wancy camera settings on the Galaxy tablet just for a play....

    Fired the bike up and I will definitely will need ear plugs when out on the open road....Quite a nice burble but not as ear piercing/droning as the old early '80s SAGA 4 into 1 set ups.....Around town I will be noticed a bit more I think.....You can get baffle inserts in 4" and 8" lengths to mute it a bit.....As I said earlier it's only a 10 minute swap job to fit the old one back on......Gotta love these old gals for their ease of maintenance.
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