Standard Components

CRANKSHAFT OIL SEALS

CRANKSHAFT OIL SEALS

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  • On 4th June 2017

Crankshaft oil seals for HONDA CB550.  OEM or aftermarket?  How do you decide?  The debate about OEM vs. aftermarket will probably never end.  And for good reasons.  While OEM parts will always work as intended, in the case of vintage motorcycles OEM parts the materials they are made from may not be as good as…

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FRONT FORKS DISASSEMBLY (A few helpful hints)

FRONT FORKS DISASSEMBLY (A few helpful hints)

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  • On 19th August 2015

Things don’t always go according to plan, do they?  And when they don’t, frustration is the most common and inevitable outcome.  The seemingly simpler the task and the more we fail in performing it the greater the resulting frustration.  Like trying to unscrew a screw that just won’t budge.  It can lead to rage. There is…

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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

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  • On 31st March 2015

How powerful is the HONDA CB550 engine? How does it compare to other engines of its day? You are not going to believe the answers.  I guarantee it.  If you already knew the facts that I’m about to relate here pertaining to this “little engine”, the unpretentious HONDA CB550, let me buy you a drink or…

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REAR HUB BEARINGS REMOVAL

REAR HUB BEARINGS REMOVAL

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  • On 2nd March 2015

The HONDA CB500 and CB550 Service Manual (and all other popular manuals like CLYMER for example, who have simply copied the HONDA Manual text word for word) gives only the briefest of instructions on how to completely disassemble the rear hub in order to replace the ball bearings. The instructions pretty much say, “Remove the…

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HOW TO REBUILD HONDA CB550 CARBURETORS

HOW TO REBUILD HONDA CB550 CARBURETORS

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  • On 28th February 2015

This is a complete step-by-step procedure for rebuilding and restoring a set of HONDA CB550 carburetors.  It can be accessed via the link below.  It reflects my personal experience from rebuilding a few sets of 022A carburetors (used on 1974-1975  CB550K), 087A (used on 1976 CB550K) and 069A (used on 1975-1977 CB550F). This procedure can be used by…

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CARBURETORS EXPLAINED

CARBURETORS EXPLAINED

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  • On 28th February 2015

A bank of 4 KEIHIN carburetors is a sight to behold.  Intricate and elegant as a piece of fine jewelry, it must, at the same time, perform its function with the precision of a Swiss watch.  And just like a precision Swiss watch, the carburetors must do everything that they do precisely, repeatedly and reliably under all circumstances and…

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BLACKSQUARE’S COMPONENTS: what’s custom and what’s not

BLACKSQUARE’S COMPONENTS: what’s custom and what’s not

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  • On 24th February 2015

Building a custom motorcycle is a lot of fun. But, it is a long process.  It took me more than 2 years to build this custom HONDA CB550 motorcycle.  Below is a list of most components used in the making of BLACKSQUARE.  I hope this is of some help to fellow aficionados and cafe racer builders. BLACKSQUARE’S COMPONENTS: FRAME:…

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A HUMBLE BEGINNING

A HUMBLE BEGINNING

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  • On 24th February 2015

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I had been riding motorcycles for more than 30 years and while I could do some minor repairs on my bikes and knew just a little about how things worked, I had never seen anything inside an engine.  Pistons, rods, cams, bearings, timing chains, valves, rockers,…

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