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    Thoughts on this one...CL Honda CB550

    OK not a TW but you all have WAY WAY more knowledge. Kinda toyng with the idea of a retro bike for riding around town. Not looking to spend a ton and would be good to get something I can wrench on

    1976 blue Honda cb550 NICE! Price Reduced!!

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    I guess I'll chime in on this, seeing as I have a crapload of old Hondas.

    The bike is worth 1400 MAX.
    Non original motor, missing some odds and ends, repaint, etc.
    Start it cold and listen for rattling noises or metallic tapping inside the engine.
    DO NOT buy if there are any noises internally.
    Rev it slightly and see if the revs drop immediately to idle or if it seems to float around before settling. Indication of imbalanced carbs.
    Not horrible, but you can use it as a bargaining device.
    It had better run like a top and be completely sorted out for 1400.

    They are nice to work on if you have experience with multiple carb engines.
    Very trouble free and easy riding.

    I wish you luck in your purchase if you choose to buy it.
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    I love those little Honda fours...in theory.

    Then I think of spending a week synching carbs...and I decide I'm better off loving them from afar.
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    Pretty nice condition it seems, but for me the 550 felt pretty smooth, but not enough power to satisfy me. I was used to 750's and other superbikes of the era at the time and I even wondered why did they build this thing? I'd much rather have an old 750 than a 550, but that's just me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustPassinThru View Post
    I love those little Honda fours...in theory.

    Then I think of spending a week synching carbs...and I decide I'm better off loving them from afar.
    I bet....one on the TW is bad enough. I may keep looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Pretty nice condition it seems, but for me the 550 felt pretty smooth, but not enough power to satisfy me. I was used to 750's and other superbikes of the era at the time and I even wondered why did they build this thing? I'd much rather have an old 750 than a 550, but that's just me...
    There were two reasons. One was the velvet smoothness. The other...with such small cylinders, the redline was WAY up there. The 250 four that Honda had...what it lacked in torque it more than made up for in RPMs and inertia. I think it was redlined at 12,000 rpm. Compare that to the AMF Hardly-Drivables of that era, with their tractorlike panhead engines...

    The little Honda fours were game-changers. American insurers and European regulators controlled/priced liability according to displacement. A 250 was a small bike, even then. Except that what that Honda would do was what European machines twice its displacement could not.

    IIRC,some European nations banned sale of that little Honda; and for Americans, rates went through the roof. It went away; but the market for it might have been sated, too.

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    Reminds me of when we turned our handlebars upside down on our old Schwinn bicycles. We were something. WOOHOO
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    EWB... are we on the same wavelength or what... though i'm thinking a cb/cl350.
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    First thing I thought of, EWB better be a young guy, because those bars are going to kill his hands and back...
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    He can rotate the bars or put buckhorn bars on.

    He WILL kill his back, though...working those carb jet-screws for the weeks it will take to get the thing running right...

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