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550-4

Postby seelyark1 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:05 am



My kids, Kids 35 and 38, came to me the other day and were telling me about a motorcycle in a neighbors garage. They said it was a 1970 something that had less than 2000 miles on it and looked like brand new. It is a 550-4. They want $1500 for it. Is it worth that much? Know I would love to have it for old times sake. Back in the days, I traded a 350 Yamaha in on a 500-4 and really liked that bike, and wish I still had it. But then I came upon a 750-4. Had 3 of them over the years. I had allways wanted a Goldwing, so I saved my pennies, nickles, dimes,and quarters (litterally) till I could buy my Goldwing. But I am still saving my change......Wonder what you guys think. Ride safe,,Dave


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Re: 550-4

Postby bjatwood » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:59 am

Well Dave, I have a 73 750-4 that I will ride until I'm in the ground ;) Go take a look at it, make sure it runs and see why the guy wants to sell it. The inside of the gas tank is a must for looking at also. Make sure it is rust free. And just plan on taking the carbs apart and cleaning them and replacing the float valves, and checking the float heights. These all stock bikes are going to continue to climb in value as a lot of (younger) guys have cut them up to make the café racer bikes! (what a waste IMO) Here is a pic of my 100% stock 750. Post up some pics of it when you buy it. If you don't buy it let me know where it is at, Thanks
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Re: 550-4

Postby brettchallenger » Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:53 am

They certainly fetch a good price here - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-CB550-F ... 35d18f0829

Around the $5000 mark
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Re: 550-4

Postby suvcw04 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:32 pm

Two bikes I have never had, but wish I did have: Yamaha RD350 and Honda 400-4. The 500 or 550 4 would just as good.

I would buy it, BUT as you know from living in Florida (I lived in Kissimmee from 1984 until 2005), EVERY piece of rubber on that bike will need replacing. The heat has made the soft parts hard and the hard parts soft.

But, what a sweet ride that would be.

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Re: 550-4

Postby seelyark1 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:35 am

I went and looked at it yesterday. There is some surface rust in the tank, which is easily fixed with "Snot". The A&P guys will understand that. Needs a replacement left front turn signal. Has been laid down once. Very minor damage to the left side cover and the clutch lever. Has new tires, boots on front forks, rubber seems great. Seat has a tear in one of the fake seams, original seat cover. He just spent $750 to get it running great. The guy that did the repairs is someone I have worked with before and is a good mechanic who is reasonable. Still has the origonal tool kit and manual. Has fuel filters installed to keep that rust out of the carbs. Also has repair manual. Counting and rolling my coins.
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Re: 550-4

Postby bjatwood » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:56 am

FYI on the CB seats. Honda just discontinued the seats and prices have doubled for them!

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Re: 550-4

Postby seelyark1 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:40 pm

This guy was riding it to work at night and got sick of riding in the rain. He has no valid tag on it, no insurance and doesn't have the required endorsement on his license. Wants to get a truck. His Dad bought it new and he needed transportation so that worked for him. Lucky he didn't get stopped! It now resides at my house, and I will give it some TLC. Pictures to come when I finally figure out how to get pictures on the site. Same reason I don't have an avitar. LOL.
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Re: 550-4

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:55 pm

seelyark1 wrote:This guy was riding it to work at night and got sick of riding in the rain. He has no valid tag on it, no insurance and doesn't have the required endorsement on his license. Wants to get a truck. His Dad bought it new and he needed transportation so that worked for him. Lucky he didn't get stopped! It now resides at my house, and I will give it some TLC. Pictures to come when I finally figure out how to get pictures on the site. Same reason I don't have an avitar. LOL.


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