Craigslist | 1978 Honda CB550 K Cafe Brat Build

This Honda has been freshly rebuilt in the cafe/brat style is looking for a match (probably in a lighter/smaller rider) for good times this summer.

Seller states that this professional job included all the usual suspects that go into one of these – though the description falls short of a true nut-and-bolt teardown.

Seller claims they began the project with a professional engine rebuild that included only Honda OEM parts, including a carb rebuild, synch and tune. Exhaust has been changed to an F-style header and is now configured to run an 4-into-1… for a little extra bark.

The frame has been bobbed and powder-coated black, as have the new bobbed fenders front and rear. Front forks have been refreshed with new seals, though no mention of springs is made. Braking has been upgraded with new lines running to the front disk and rear drum.

The electrics have been moved to the new low-profile battery box, where seller has also fitted an Anti-Grav lithium battery (which is now almost the canonical configuration when setting up one of these in the cafe-style). New points and plate have been added to the ignition, and the customary new cafe-style tail light and signals have been fitted.

Up front the original gauges are gone, in favor of smaller units mounted on wither side of the headlight bucket, which is also now powder coated black and is mounted on a new bracket.

To finish it all off, the tank has been painted black with a yellow stripe, and matched with a cognac-tan leather seat. Wheels are now powder-coated matte black, and Biltwell grips are fitted to the new low-rise handlebars.

Seller is asking $8750, which is probably reasonable if this were a similarly-appointed 750. As with all customs, we recommend having a mechanic you trust take a look before you ride off, especially if anything looks amiss.

Seller states that this bike is a pleasure to ride, and gets great comments where ever it goes – which we dont doubt. We recommend these 550s for smaller (and lighter) riders of all genders, as they have low seat-heights and are the most fun hauling around a rider of less than 170lbs or so.

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CB 550 K 3






Studio City, CA




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