ok… so I rebuilt this bike again. Hopefully for the last time. I’m making this post to help anyone in the future. 2013 Recap Back in 2013 I had the idea to build a hotrod / high compression cb450. I don’t know why I had this idea. I was bored and wanted to play around […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… Performance camshafts can add different characteristics of power to your engine. Cams with high lift can add mid range punch, while cams with longer duration can add high rpm top end power. Cams with both can really add power but you need to make sure the […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… It annoys me when I see cycles on eBay that say “Fresh rebuilt engine. 10 miles on it since rebuild. Runs great.” etc… Fucking stupid. I would never buy a bike like that unless the owner has put like 1000 miles on the rebuilt engine to […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… Read about rebuild Part 3 Read about rebuild Part 2 Read about rebuild Part 1 Well… the 450 is finished and it runs. Video at bottom. I’ve riden it about 10 miles so far. Haven’t gone over 5K rpm yet, but it feels super responsive and […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… Read about rebuild Part 2 Read about rebuild Part 1 Hey guys. Here’s an update on my cb475 supersport build. The engine is basically finished. All that’s left is to put on my high polished engine covers and I’m putting in a new clutch. I installed […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… Read about rebuild Part 1 Ok… So, I had a couple different machine shops do a couple different things for me. First machine shop: Mar Automotive 4345 Orchard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (215) 288-7320 They’ve done cylinder head stuff for me in the past: – they […]
I’m actually going to have a full-on 3-angle valve job done on this head next week. More on 3-angle valve jobs later… Regardless, I wanted to show the basics of lapping valves. Figured it’d be good to show a general overview. I made a quick video. I’m sick today… Hear me sniffling? This ring below […]
2021 update – click here. Below is deprecated info… It looks like I’m not putting a 450 head on the 500t cylinders. Everything on the 500t is in way better condition so I’m going with it. Here is the 450 with the 500t engine in it. So long semi-stock bike… See ya soon when you’re […]
As I said earlier in this post… cb450 and cb500t have no valve springs. They have a torsion bar set up. Let’s take a look at how exactly the torsion bar works. It’s pretty cool. Pic 1 – The engines are double overhead cam which means there is a separate cam lobe for each valve. […]
Simplifying the redundant stock wiring harness on my CB500T was absolutely necessary in my mind when I started planning out my build. I ditched the stock handle bar switches and replaced them with 2 toggles to control power to the lights and coil seperately. Here’s a basic overview of the light switch… a lo/kill/hi switch. Besides being able to […]
The 500T is back in action! Thanks to everyone who helped out with parts, advice, and just the whole process.
Laid down the final paint, Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze. Came out better than I expected and depending on how fast this cures I might have pictures of a running bike! ha
I’m always curious as to how people mount their custom seats. Well, this is my design. I welded 3/16″ steel bar and tapped them out for M10 1.25 screws which mount from the top and will be covered by the seat padding.
Got the cowl welded up and excess cutoff. Still needs some more final shaping with the hand file and then it’s ready for paint!
This isn’t the biggest update but it shows what I’m working towards. I’m using the back half of a rusted out 500t tank to make my seat cowl. I wanted to slim it down so I cut out a 1 3/4″ section and welded it back together. Mock up.
This is the beginning of my solo seat on my cb500t. I’m going for a super low, slim and minimal seat that fits with the curves of the tank. Cutting out paper templates to get certain measurements. Laid out the design on 16 gauge sheet metal. muscled some bends. Stance
This weekend I finished fabricating the front end of my bike. Started by mocking up and drafting the gauge/switch bracket. Spray mounted my mechanical drawing onto an 1/8″ flat stock steel and then roughed out the shape with the hacksaw and cleaned it up with files. Installed! Left switch is for the High/Low beam and […]
Replaced the shitty oem rubber/solid pipe with a stainless brake line from Max. Huge thanks to him for hooking me up with it. had to trim a spare banjo bolt to make it work but i’m real happy with the results. this should really improve my marginal braking power. THANKS MAX!!!
i’m using a spare set of cb360t gauges on my 500t. i disassembled them to polish the cases. after stripping the paint i wet sanded with 320 grit and got a nice brushed aluminum look. i dig it. ricky, ed and i can’t figureout how to turn back the mileage without running the risk of breaking […]
Published - Apr 13, 2011
Hey everyone, this is Janelle…newest contributor, and new pal/rider with the guys here. I’ve been riding for about a year and a half, as long as I’ve had my 1971 cb350. A couple weeks ago, I decided I should finally start learning about my own bike, and the vintage cycles that I love. I hit […]