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Old 08-30-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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1971 Honda CB500 K0 Restoration Begins

Just brought this 40 year old machine home yesterday.

This was the first year for these bikes, following the release of the groundbreaking 750 Four.

Stole this from a post in a thread where I was asking about opinions on the bike.



I've been poking around for some time now looking for an early 70's Honda, in decent shape, at a good price (meaning less than $1000) to pick up and work on. This one showed up, and I picked it up for $700, with some new parts uninstalled. Going to start by stripping it to the frame, bead blasting, repainting, and start reassembly from there. Mrs. Skowinski, who started on the motorbike bug just a few years ago (and now owns 4 of the damn things ) is going to help, so this is a "family" project. It's kinda funny, I think she is as excited as I am about it. Maybe she will chime in on this as we go along.

The plan is to get as close to this as possible in the end, which will probably be next Spring.



Here is what I brought home, in the truck, before unloading. Also 3 boxes of parts, carburetor syncronization guages, and a new front rim with rotor.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:38 PM   #2
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And in the garage.





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Old 08-30-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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Looks nice. Enjoy the project and the ride.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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Thanks wmax351, the fun has already begun!

The chrome is in excellent shape for a bike of this age. Original fenders, no dents. Although, there are some rusty bolts here and there, as you can see in the pics of the engine above.

Edit: I haven't touched it yet, this is at it came home with me.



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Old 08-30-2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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Very nice bike to start with.
It should lessen your work load tremendously. Take lots of pictures so we can follow along.




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Old 08-30-2011, 07:31 PM   #6
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Looks like a nice one to start with, good chrome is a blessing.

Will it turn over?
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:50 PM   #7
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Very nice bike to start with.
It should lessen your work load tremendously. Take lots of pictures so we can follow along.




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I think overall it's a "diamond in the rough".

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Looks like a nice one to start with, good chrome is a blessing.

Will it turn over?
Yes, it is a runner. Fires on all 4 cylinders, clutch and gearbox seem good, engine has no bad noises and no smoke from the exhaust, that I can see anyway.

My plan is to go completely through the engine, but not open it up. Rebuild the carburetors (new gasket / o-ring kit came with it), check points (new points/condenser plate came with it), timing, valve clearance, new spark plugs, oil and filter change, etc, and then run it and see how it goes. I'll set the jetting up to the new exhaust system (getting a NOS Honda system) and the airbox (missing airbox now, have one ordered) when I get those installed. It does have some miles, but I think it's ok.

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
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Overall that looks like a really nice base.

Good luck on the project
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Looks like a great bike to start with. Do the 3000 mile tune up in the service manual and it should be good to go for a long time.
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Thanks guys, this is one of those bikes where you go to look at it, and leave thinking "this looks pretty good". Then you decide to bring it home, and in the garage you look more closely and think "this is better than I thought". That is a good start, I've had the opposite happen before.

The big things it needs (that I have to buy):
1) OEM Exhaust ($$ouch!)
2) Airbox and filter (found and on the way here, complete with tool kit )
3) Tires
4) Seat cover
5) Repainting (have a really good shop locally that is fairly inexpensive too)

Of course, all bearings, wheel, steering head, swing arm will be replaced, and any bolts that are rusty. I'm sure I'll find plenty of little things along the way.

It did come with some new, uninstalled goodies:

Tank and side cover badges, chain and sprockets, left side engine cover, left side switch assembly.



Points/condenser plate and carburetor rebuild kit.

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:45 AM   #11
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This forum is just for sohc4 Honda bikes and it can help you with anything you need to do. http://forums.sohc4.net/ Use the search function and you won't even have to ask questions. Some of the old timers on there get sick of answering the same stuff over and over. Good luck with your resto!
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:48 AM   #12
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Cb500

You'll enjoy the CB500, a very capable,under-appreciated model with a great looking engine(versus the 750 'lump' design). The little 500/550 mill is capable of some impressive performance,too. As much as 81 RWHP when using this-
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NOS Honda exhaust might be nice, but you may want to look into a good quality, aftermarket one, possibly in Stainless Steel. Would be worthwhile if you plan to keep it a long time.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:17 PM   #14
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Thanks for the ideas and comments guys (think I'll pass on the turbo though ).

Looks like someone decided a black hub and spokes was a good idea.



Good thing the bike came with this, I guess the PO was getting ready to fix that problem.

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:35 PM   #15
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the magazine is for sale

If you were interested in the cover (above) WITH the actual magazine inside its listed here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cycle-1971-M...#ht_1996wt_688

I love having the magazine describing my bike as originally made.
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