December 2021 Vol. 21 No. 12

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CB550 – The Cafe


Honda got a lot right with the CNot a full nut and bolt rebuild like the 750 above, this 550 is the bike that inspired the RestoMod. The striking original Honda Sunrise Orange paint was in good shape, as was the rest of the bike. A fairly basic frame chop and hoop job topped off with a custom seat, followed by the usual clip-on bars and bolt on rearsets transform the look and feel of the bike. But the real magic is in the wide rim conversion, worked suspension and one heck of an engine built – sticking with the original carbs on this one, trading a little extra horsepower for better road manners. Build up some revs and you get to hear the engine come on song through the stainless exhaust system, a replica Yoshimura style customised with a Lossa engineering muffler. This is an absolute hoot to blast around town on.

Photo courtesy of RSK Photography

Story by Retro Moto Co

Published 10/11/2021


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