GV1390's Trattoria "Racer"

Taking a gamble posting this on here, but hell, why not…

A couple years ago I (with the help of others, primarily Newman, Nick, Checko) built a 77’ CB550K as some of you may have known it. I sold it even though I never should have, here are some pictures of it along with a minty SS I also owned and sold:
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I then built a turbo Miata but, it wasn’t the same as bombing around on an old vintage motorcycle. Since I was getting the itch again, I had been lurking Craigslist daily. I then stumbled upon a deal I couldn’t pass up, a lot of three- CB550’s with a bunch of spare parts, so I jumped on it. The intent was to sell the two I wasn’t using and build and keep one, and that’s what I am doing.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/2014-07/03CDE42B-DB66-4593-B670-C8E8EA2A2CD4_zpsk6tzkxie.jpg

1978 CB550 donor:
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/D63E17D4-2C18-4EFD-8FD8-89ECA4173535_zpszqicrsni.jpg

I learned a lot from my last build, but I wanted to take it to the next level this time around…I wanted to build a bratty CB, meaty tires, GSXR front end, Excel wheels, etc etc. While this still may be true, I still may toss clip-ons on it eventually. That being said, the “build” started.

Newman started out by making my GSXR front end work for me. Made spacers, adapter, axle, etc from scratch:
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Added Biltwell bars for now:
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/190451B9-A96C-41CC-8F21-EFC8119EED60_zpsoafjbgdx.jpg

Also running a vintage GM truck fog-light with louvers as my headlight:
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Starting disassembling my motor. The head needed to be decked, cleaned and have some valve guides replaced. I had them replaced with some KPMI(I think, been a while) that I had picked up from a member on the Honda forum. Jerry Brett does awesome machine work.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/5EC402C3-321E-46A9-88B0-FA9388BF2D2D_zpsgtpls5os.jpg

Sent out all of the following covers including my valve cover to get powder-coated (Detective Coating) in a hyper black color.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/F49F53A4-BE68-4F8B-A621-815049A409AE_zpsmbqpginj.jpg

Accompanied by a nice Stainless Engine Bolt Kit from Alloy Boltz.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/35A32B72-2EF1-4790-8E4A-C13E54C77733_zpsadunurri.jpg

Also purchased a clear points cover from FB-stuff(will need paint):
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So Newman came through for me again making some kick-ass knee dents in my tank. Also pictured is my MotoLanna seat.

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I am running Excel Takasago 18x2.5” F&R I picked up from Buchanon’s which were re-drilled so I can run my factory hubs with their SS spokes. These are currently getting new AllBallz bearings and getting laced to Silver powder-coated hubs I purchased from a member. I took a gamble for now with the tire concern since they are fairly cheap to test sizes out. I ran these tires on my last build and loved them, especially for the coin. I ordered Kenda K657(F&R) 110-90/18 & 130/90/18. A 130 may look funky(meaty) so we shall see once I get them mounted what I’m dealing with.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/36032B6D-E9D4-4FB1-8FB8-5808B6035BB6_zpsxviw6ecy.jpg

This is the picture of the rear hub only, obviously not running the Cognito Moto front hub, just to show the color of the PC:
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/109278C5-F108-43D0-AB83-85AC439A8BF8_zpswcc4cmti.jpg

At this point, the short block will be getting soda blasted and primer/painted with some Dupli-color products I picked up. The color of the paint is an aluminum with ceramic resin (DE1650) and the primer is self-etching(DPP101). It’s also getting re-ringed with some new rings/gaskets/etc.

http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af352/italiano1390/A603DC8B-704F-405B-985D-3DC6078C8431_zpsh9iopdtf.jpg

As of now, I’d like to purchase a CB650 cam to give it a little more oomph but still on the fence about it. The head/intake will be getting some light porting as well as a MotoGPWerks exhaust. The end is not near, but I am glad to have such knowledgeable, positive individuals to help point me the right direction. Stay tuned for some updates, hopefully they don’t bore you! http://forums.sohc4.net/Smileys/default/smiley.gif

-GV

Looks awesome!

My favorite part is that headlight. LOL.

Gotta love new rubbers!

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Looking good. Can’t wait to see this finished product.

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Also, is that points cover off a 3d printer?

Doesn’t appear so. Looks like it is urethane. He does offer an alloy cover that has been out of stock.

I know his earlier covers and other products were vacuum formed, but I know he does do 3D printing as well…

http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=74022.2950

Tanks and engine builds are sexy, muy bueno. :smiley:

:tup:

Cool stuff :tup:

Sidecar plans?

Ha.

I am currently waiting for a local one to drop a tad more in price so I can scoop it up. It would be going on my Nighthawk 750 though, not this thing.
@newman loves this look:

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needs more babecage

So not much of an update but…

The hard part of my fuel tank is done, @newman finished welding it and coated it with a Kreem tank liner.

So there is a company called MotoGPWerks who makes a fantasitc hard to come by SS exhaust for these bikes, they only make about 8 of them a year as the company has more important duties to attend apparently. I shot Chris(the owner) an email for shits and giggles and boom, he had ONE left so I jumped on it.

These aren’t my pics or video but this is what it looks/sounds like:

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc356/03rangerxlt/Cafe%20Bike/IMAG0157.jpg

http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=0CAUQjBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fotomotif.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F01%2F1974-Honda-CB550-K0-Cafe-Racer-by-Cameron-Smyth-1.jpg&ei=Mv3IVJi8JJLIsQSYvYD4Cg&psig=AFQjCNEijR1CIu_DRhWOVuQCPsYxA4q3Jw&ust=1422544562693523

Most of the Honda fan-boys will hate me but, I’m thinking of having @BREETIME cut the tip (just the tip) off and make a true MotoGP style turndown tip.

Tonight will consist of welding the rear hoop end-piece section closed to make it look presentable and attempting to fit the frame in an abrasive cabinet to sandblast and get it ready for paint.

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Also having some fitment issues with my wheel setup, hopefully this gets figured out and completed within the next couple weeks.

Lookin good chooch!

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meh.

Go fix your motorcycle. :lol:

This looks real good dude. Keep it up and maybe you’ll motivate me.