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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 8 comments

This CB550 has been lighting up the switchboard on the SOHC4 forum for the past month. The bike was fastidiously built by a guy from Portland who goes by the forum name Paulages. Paul said on the forum that “When i originally built my CB550, the engine was simply cleaned up and painted, and all bearings and bushings replaced, etc. then, I eventually built the 718cc powerplant, and found that the rest of the bike wasn’t quite what the engine needed”. He not only did the big bore himself, turning the stock 550cc engine into a 718cc but he also did all the welding – strengthening the old Honda frame. Paul has done an outstanding job restoring this beautiful CB550 and we particularly love the bare metal tank and pin striping. Here’s just a taste of some of the specs: 1979 ducati 900SS tank and half fairing, K&N intake filters, tarrozzi rearsets, 14″ progressive rear suspension, race tech cartridge emulators in forks and loads more. He goes into amazing detail on all aspects of the build so make sure you read his SOHC4 thread.
[Thanks Coop for the tip]

  • Hot Rod Troy


  • Swagger


    Just………very nice indeed!

  • Pamberjack


  • xcaptainxbloodx

    ive seen this in person, the bike is beautiful and the work is top notch but the best thing about this bike is that the guy rides it regularly and enjoys the machine he built.

  • MikeMachine

    I want it!

  • PaulPowered

    What a beautiful motorcycle. I really admire those who go out on the beauties that they create. Awesome!

  • blair

    Nice bike can anyone tell me about the oil line going to the both sides of the cam what would this cost?

  • Thanks guys! A little late to the comments, but I didn’t see this before. The oil lines to the head are intended to bypass the stock passages that have a tendency to leak or get plugged up. The lines are just -4 braided stainless, with a M10x 1.25 banjo fitting at the head. There is a plug in the head on either end from the process of boring the oil journals at the factory. These need to be removed. The stock passages in the cylinders were tapped and plugged, and new restrictors used in-line.