First ride this year!

Very nice day for Ohio in February…  almost 80 degrees and sunny. Changed the oil & filter, filled up with some fresh gasoline and off for some back-road touring of about 150 miles.  Felt really good to be back on the bike. Need to install new spark plugs as I have a slight miss around … Read more

Flat tire…..

Went for a ride last Tuesday, trying to get in some riding time before the weather turns here in central Ohio, and had a flat rear tire.  When I’m just riding around the home place, I don’t carry tire repair tools and such, so I got on the phone to AAA. I couldn’t find anything … Read more

Road Trip: McConnelsville

Had a very enjoyable ride to McConnelsville and back today.  All in all, about 5 hours in the saddle.  No problems at all, and the bike ran great.  In fact, as the roads got more and more twisty, I think it was enjoying the workout!

14K on Speedo

Just clocked 14K on the 550 tonight.  2203 miles in just over a month.  The bike is running great too!

Third times a charm…..

Still battling with the right fork seal.  Completely cleaned the lower fork tube with super fine steel wool this time around.  Cleaned up one of the original fork seals to re-use and it looks like it’s finally going to quit leaking. Almost put 2000 miles on the bike since the first ride back on May … Read more

Installed Sport Wind-Screen

I guess I’m getting old.  If I’m going on long distance rides with the CB 550 I need something to block some of the wind. I have a full plexi-glass fairing, but I think it ruins the looks of the bike.  After some serious web surfing, I purchased a National Cycle Deflector Screen DX. More … Read more

Back to stock gearing, and RC cone installed

After searching hi & low, I’ve found some of the original parts for the CB 550. I was mostly interested in finding the 17 tooth front sprocket for the bike.  The 15 tooth sprocket used to drag race is not too bad for in town riding, but it just doesn’t cut it out on the … Read more

CB 550 Fork Seals

The right fork is leaking on the CB 550 so fork seal replacement is in order.  Rather than pay top dollar for oem Honda seals, I just ordered some generic 35mm x 48mm x 11mm seals from 4 into 1. The original boots are long gone from this bike and the dust seal boots that are … Read more

New rubber

Ordered tires, tubes, and rim strips from BikerBandit.  On recommendation from over at THE SINGLE OVERHEAD CAM FOUR OWNERS CLUB, I purchased Shinko 712’s. Installed the front yesterday and the rear today.  It’s been on again, off again rain the past couple of days, but tomorrow promises to be sunny and warm.  A perfect day to … Read more

Hit 12000 miles.

Bike is back on the road after 29 years of sitting in Pop’s garage.  Odometer clicked over 12000 miles today! 234 miles traveled since I got it running.  More parts coming soon.  So far, so good!

Welcome to my motorcycle journal…

I started riding 52 years ago when I was just 13.  As I recall, Pop brought home a mini-bike and after having it about a week, he loaded me and the bike up and we went to the Honda dealer. For some reason Pop wasn’t happy with the mini-bike and decided we needed a motorcycle.  … Read more