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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Discovered this beautiful CB550 on the frequently updated and entertaining Motorcycle Picture of the Day blog. Completely garage built by a guy called Eric, he goes into great detail about how he created this cafe racer. Eric says he “fitted a set of forks from a 2004 GSX-R 600, using a Harley narrow glide wheel which fit surprisingly well between the calipers; it was almost a plug-n-play operation. The rotors are 320mm units from a Hayabusa which required 10mm spacers underneath the calipers. The eBay front end also came complete with clipons & controls so I decided to go ahead and use them; the right control wouldn’t fit with the bar-end mirror so I binned it in favor of a Motion Pro throttle assembly and start/kill switch from an R6. The rearsets are Tarozzi universals mounted to the passenger peg mounts. The rear wheel is a Harley 3.5×18 rim that I laced to the 550 hub with Buchanan stainless spokes. I popped the top end off the engine and freshened it up a bit with a set of 59mm pistons and camshaft from a SOHC CB650 for a little extra oomph”. Eric has really stamped his individuality on this CB550, we particularly love those Norton commando peashooter exhausts which look like they produce a mighty bark. Check out more pics of this stunning bike and the full story on MPOTD.

  • powermatic

    Nice example of the genre-in fact, very nice. Clean as a bean, with some nice details, one of which is the instrument panel. Well done-better then many ‘commercial’ examples.

    A fellow Oregon guy-I’m guessing Portland?

  • eric

    Wow. Pipeburn has long been as much as a start to my day as that first cup of coffee; I never imagined I’d see something of my own being featured! Truly is an honor; thanks Scott!

    One minor little detail though; not that it amounts to much…it’s actually a 550.

    powermatic: You are indeed correct; SE to be specific. Thanks for the kind words; I appreciate it!

  • Scott

    Thanks Eric. You should have sent your bike to me earlier!

  • Steve Ducharme

    Yeah sorry about that. The idiot who runs Motorcycle Picture of the Day (that would be me) posted it as a 500. Since been fixed.

  • Eric. Love the bike. The front end is amazing. Did you fabricate the seat too?
    Also in SE Portland and tearing apart my CB550 right now.

  • eric

    Thanks Scott. Yep; I scratch-built the seat as well. Whereabouts in SE are you?