Published - Jan 10, 2013

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cb500t – engine rebuild – Part 2

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 […]

Published - Jan 7, 2013

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Lapping Valves

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 […]

Published - Dec 26, 2012

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cb500t – engine rebuild – Part 1

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 […]

Published - Dec 17, 2012

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cb450 tank – NOS

A few months back I had a little run-in with a car on my cb450. The result was a little bit of a dent on the right side of my tank. I don’t like dents, so i’ve been looking for another option for a new tank. I’ve never seen a NOS tank in person. It’s […]

Published - Dec 4, 2012

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How cb450 torsion bars work

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. […]

Published - Nov 26, 2012

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blue cat motors – cb450

As I’m getting ready to order the parts for my cb475 supersport build, I’ve been looking at other cb450’s out there. I found this one on Bike EXIF. It was the bike of the day not too long ago. A shop called Blue Cat Motors built it. I dig it. It basically looks identical to […]

Published - Oct 29, 2012

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Hurricane Head teardown

My work Drexel University is closed for the next 2 days because of a hurricane, so I decided now would be a good time to get started on my cb475 supersport build. Let me recap what I’m doing… I have a 73 cb450 that I put a 75 cb500t engine into last year. (Hence cb475) […]

Published - Oct 14, 2012

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Piston Kits

I had been looking for a while now for Piston Kits for my 3 bikes. The Z1 is a no-brainer. Weisco makes anything you need for a Z1 / KZ900 / KZ1000. I was having a real problem finding kits for the cb450 and cb650. I eventually found kits that drop right in after a […]

Published - Sep 29, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 15 pt2

Woke up to somewhat heavy rain and put the rain suit on and packed up camp. We headed down the road and got a great diner breakfast at a place called Country Girl Diner. The owner was nice and even packed us cookies to go for our wet ride ahead of us… 200 miles in […]

Published - Sep 29, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 15

Ten reasons I’ll never come back to Albany: 1) it’s colder than Philly 2) no one lives downtown. Deserted city. 3) people look / act like mutants 4) everyone is fat 5) no motorcycle scene here 6) zero attractive girls… Unless you like fat chicks 7) no good food / restaurants 8) no good colleges […]

Published - Sep 27, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 14

– after seeing too many homeless people we left Portland – headed to mt. Washington – climbed it like champs – kinda a big workout for an old bike – cold as shit at the summit. 30 degrees – headed to George’s land in s.e. Vermont – you know George… Burly guy with the cb500 […]

Published - Sep 26, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 13

Last night in Portland. Our friend Adrienne is cooking dinner so we picked up some local beer by Ship Yard and Long Trail and carefully tied it to the Z1 rack. Earlier we toured the Allagash brewery and got slightly day drunk. Good tour and beers made for a slightly hazy day. Stopped by a […]

Published - Sep 25, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 12

We are staying with our good friends Mick and Adrienne. Mick works as a chef at one of Portland most popular restaurants. It’s an oyster place called Eventide. Mick hooked up the dinner and we got try a bunch of seafood stuff I’ve never heard of before. The z1 clutch cable is about to snap. […]

Published - Sep 25, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 11

Last day in Acadia. So many things to do there and not enough time. One of the best parks I’ve been too on the east coast. We rode the scenic park loop (photo) and made it to the top of Cadillac mountain before taking off for Portland, Maine. We’ll be staying there with some good […]

Published - Sep 23, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 10

Spent the day exploring Acadia. We finally got some great weather so we took full advantage of it. We did a short hike in the morning and then spent the rest of the day exploring the island on the cycles and enjoying the twisty roads. One of the many awesome views of the day.

Published - Sep 23, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 9

Weather has been shit. Off and on rain that has kept us wet and off the cycles. While hiding out from the rain in the park visitor center we ended up talking to one of the younger park rangers (most of them were super old). She gave us a bunch of cool things to check […]

Published - Sep 21, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 8

Lame day. We woke up on moosehead lake. Cold as shit. In the 30’s at night. Spent most of the day in Greenville, ME. Changed z1 oil. Lubed our chains. Had a shitty breakfast. Talked to some random dude who, him and his dad both have z1’s and said they’ve done 140mph on them. The […]

Published - Sep 20, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 7

Camped out in St Georges, Quebec last night. There was a strip club within view of our campsite so obviously if you know Ed we had to go for at least a beer. Strangest, creepiest strip club that was more like a shed with some French hookers. Not a trip highlight. Ended the night hanging […]

Published - Sep 19, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 6

Fuck rain. Quebec city is pretty dope but the rain killed it. Recap includes: – swam in the hotel pool with a dozen old French fat people. It was super weird. – our hotel bathroom had a ton of these great rags to clean our motorcycles with. – found zero good bars downtown. Zero. – […]

Published - Sep 18, 2012

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Philly to Canada – day 5

We got an early start and got through customs and blasted into Canada. Customs lady was lame. We’ll see how it is crossing back into the states in a few days. Today sucked on the cycles. We hightailed it to Quebec City with a big storm that we tried to stay ahead of all day. […]

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Published - Oct 18, 2012

Long way from home

Our good buddy Pat just took a 21 day trip and rode across country. He documented it all on his website. Really awesome photos and write up. It reads chronologically like a book. Def check it out. His blog here: Long Way From Home I pulled a couple pics off his site so you can […]