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:  original 1977 HONDA CB550F.  Modifications: trimmed tail section, removed passenger foot peg supports, removed kick stand bracket, removed center stand brackets, removed seat hinges, removed seat lock, new welded-on mufflers support panels, new welded-on kick stand bracket.

ENGINE: original 1977 HONDA CB550, bead-blasted, detailed and completely rebuilt from the ground up with OEM parts MADE IN JAPAN. No modifications.

CARBURETORS: original KEIHIN completely rebuilt with OEM parts.  Custom, solid brass shaft for the main stay.

VELOCITY STACKS: solid brass traditional bell-shaped by STEEL DRAGON PERFORMANCE

TANK: “Dolphin” by BENJIE’S CAFÉ RACER

GAS CAP: custom domed bobber gas cap by SPEED DEALER CUSTOMS

WHEELS: by DEVON RIM COMPANY, stainless steel rims (19” front, 18” rear) and spokes (the only rim manufacturer in the UK allowed to stamp their rims “MADE IN ENGLAND”)

TIRES: AVON Speedmaster

INNER TUBES: BRIDGESTONE

WHEEL HUBS: completely rebuilt with new ball bearings and brake shoes; front HONDA CL450, rear original HONDA CB550

FRONT FORKS: original HONDA CB550, completely rebuilt

REAR SUSPENSION: custom stainless steel by HAGON

SEAT: custom

HEADLIGHT: antique solid brass with custom aluminum brackets

CABLES: stainless steel by BARNETT

HANDLE BARS: custom, stainless steel

GRIPS: ARIETE

THROTTLE ASSEMBLY: custom, aluminum

BRAKE & CLUTCH LEVERS: aluminum, EMGO

EXHAUST:  custom, stainless steel header pipes, EMGO tulip-shaped mufflers, stainless steel clamps.

EXHAUST PIPE CLAMPS (“JOINT EX. PIPE”): custom, aluminum

FOOT PEGS: custom, aluminum

BRAKE PEDAL & GEAR SHIFTER LEVER: custom, aluminum

CHAIN: TSUBAKI O-ring chain

SPROCKETS: SUNSTAR

TAILLIGHTS: re-finished antique housings, new LUCAS glass lenses, customized brackets.

TAILLIGHTS’ VISORS: custom, brass

LICENSE PLATE HOLDER: custom, stainless steel & aluminum

REAR FENDER: bobbed, original HONDA

CHAIN ADJUSTERS: custom, solid brass

KICK STAND: modified, HONDA

IGNITION START BUTTON: custom with custom aluminum bracket

BATTERY: lithium, BALLISTIC EVO-2

FASTENERS: stainless steel or brass as needed.

QUESTIONS?