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331  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The new Honda's on: November 13, 2012, 04:42:01 PM
I'm an F guy. If they bumped one out to be a CB750F, I'd be all over it. Agreed though Peter, I like Honda's direction.

Are you converting your CB55 to an F bike?  Wink Seriously, how is the project going?

If by "F" you mean fast, then yes I am rebuilding it as a "F" Tongue

I'm uploading to Flickr now in the hopes of have an updated thread soon. Check out my attachment for a sneak preview...
332  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The new Honda's on: November 13, 2012, 11:51:43 AM
I'm an F guy. If they bumped one out to be a CB750F, I'd be all over it. Agreed though Peter, I like Honda's direction.
333  Motorcycle Stuff / Honda SOHC4's / Re: The Top End Rebuild Thread - 1977 CB550 on: November 08, 2012, 02:17:39 PM
Heard back from Anders. He'll be heading down to my neck of the woods on Monday to start tearing down the mighty, but fallen, 550. It was under his own recommendation that I enlist his help on the first go-around of rebuilding. Grin

I've been told to be well stocked in Dunkin Donuts coffee, Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Pizza Hut. Plenty of pictures will hopefully be taken and documentation will continue here...
334  General Category / Events / Re: New England Fall Ride 2012 on: November 06, 2012, 07:33:31 PM
Excellent Peter! Do you think it speeds things up a bit though?

NO! I want to believe I was going that fast! My speedo lies to me; I will not tolerate the camera too!

 Tongue
335  General Category / Events / Re: New England Fall Ride 2012 on: November 06, 2012, 06:49:44 PM
Hey, it's my first ever attempt. Not too bad.

Cheers,
Enter Your Name Here

Hey for the first time, that was awesome! That little Go-Pro is awesome!
336  General Category / Events / Re: New England Fall Ride 2012 on: November 05, 2012, 11:01:24 PM
Ah! Spot on, Andy. You're artistic license is broad but very enjoyable. The mighty 550 will see you all for the Spring ride. My good friend Anders has already spoken to me about helping out along the way to keep things straight.

Time to think of some grand exaggerations for our next beer night Cheesy
337  Motorcycle Stuff / Honda SOHC4's / Re: The Top End Rebuild Thread - 1977 CB550 on: November 04, 2012, 07:46:54 PM
Also, I hope the remainder of the Fall ride went smoothly. Catch you all around soon I hope.
338  Motorcycle Stuff / Honda SOHC4's / The Top End Rebuild Thread - 1977 CB550 on: November 04, 2012, 07:45:53 PM
For those who witnessed it live today and for those who are just tuning in now, this thread is going to document the ups and downs of my recently (11:45AM, November 4th) blown top end. The bike is safely in its garage with an imminent rebuild very close on the horizon; like starting next weekend.

First and foremost thanks to Andy, Treeve, Peter, Ben and Bethany for hanging with me while we waiting for my alternate, and unfortunate mode of transportation. I know we were all hungry and starting to get cold, but it meant a lot to have you guys make me feel a bit better about the 550's damage. Even my dad's friend with the trailer said his riding crew would've left him in the dust, so that's saying something about you guys Grin .

When I unloaded the bike at home I decided to kick it over and see what we could hear. Goodness gracious were the pistons making some racket; it did fire up though. Immediately it was cut off and pushed up the driveway to its resting place for a while. It's all still moving freely internally but we'll see the extent of scoring and bending once it's cracked open. Guess that's what the squeak was when I tried kicking it over a few times I the parking lot when Treeve stopped me.

My conclusion at this point is that the oil delivery system failed at the top end. It could've been low pressure, stuck open relief valve and/or debris making its way into the cylinders. Either way ill be posting here and looking for tons of guidance and support as this is my first attempt at a rebuild. I'm definitely excited as top end work was on the schedule this winter, but it wasn't supposed to happen like that! Chalk it up to a story and and experience.

Feel free to post whatever you would like here as I don't want this to be a traditional build thread, but instead a constant discussion and tossing around of ideas, techniques, wisdom and words of caution. Andy, post your pictures here as I know you love capturing those precious moments.

Cheers,
Alex
339  General Category / Events / Re: New England Fall Ride 2012 on: October 30, 2012, 03:24:11 PM
I'd like to officially open discussion to "places for lunch on the Cape"...

Doesn't have to actually be on the Cape, but do we have any input from the group? Anyone ever have something to eat in the area that they can't wait to get back to??

I'm thinking through some ideas and trying to find options.
340  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sandy on: October 29, 2012, 03:17:55 PM
On my way home from work, even though the university was closed for the day. Nothing too bad to report here; few down limbs coupled with a few dumb drivers. Back home on the South Coast my family and friends are getting a good hit with some towns calling out mandatory evacuations.

Ride it out, boys. Andy is probably on the bike right now...
341  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Helmet Search on: October 27, 2012, 06:09:00 PM
Uh oh, did I start one of those threads? What's your favorite oil and helmet combo!? Tongue

In other news, I put my existing helmet on and what an absolute joke it is in comparison to the ones I tried today. Really looking forward to the upgrade.
342  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Helmet Search on: October 27, 2012, 01:39:37 PM
Do try Scorpion helmets!

Next up is Chris' offer to try on his helmet(s). I didn't see Scorpion today at GBM but it's on the list.
343  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Helmet Search on: October 27, 2012, 11:40:15 AM
Incredibly large selection at GBM; many more helmets than I imagined. Like I stated earlier, I am interested in, but not sold on a modular so my focus today was on the Shoei Neotec and HJC RPHA Max. I also tried on a Shoei RF-1100, Arai Signet-Q (or some name of that variety) and Schubert C3.

The Neotec was solid and comfortable around the head and cheeks. It is a little bulbous looking on my already big head (size large) though, so some style points were lost Grin $600+ at GBM and $585 on-line.

The RPHA Max was very light and seemingly well-made also. The sun shield has two down positions and the coverage was impressive. The helmet felt very secure on my dome, particularly on the crown, but I found myself wanting an extra 2-3mm of cheek padding to mimic the Shoei's tight fitting sides. The other nice features are the multi-position sun shield, which provided impressive coverage, and the array of vents and channels to keep air flowing (downfall: a bit noisier?) if open. Aggressive styling was a plus. $400-450.

The Shoei RF-1100 was a great fitting full-face. No real complaints at all and An absolute contender if I don't go modular. Another aggressively-styled helmet, and Andy swears by it too and that helps. Around $400.

The Arai Signet-Q was also nice on my head. Quite a bit of padding tucked up in there especially after I dropped down to a medium size. Overall probably my least favorite, but the linear impressions at the temples for my glasses were pretty neat. Very oval in shape and style. Didn't catch prices but I'd assume right up in the $400 range.

The C3 was amazingly quiet; yes, even just in the showroom. Drop the shield closed and it is noticeably silent. Comfort and fit were comparable to the above, and the modular system was nice. For $700 I can deal with some road noise from the other models, especially when the comfort and fit are negligible.
344  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Helmet Search on: October 27, 2012, 08:22:24 AM
I've got a couple Scorpions you can try on. One's modular, the other is regular. They are sold at Bettencourts. The benefit to the modular scorpions is the air pump so as to achieve a nice tight fit over the life of the helmet.

I'm heading over to GBM this morning to see what they have to try on. Depending on the variety I will definitely take you up on that offer soon. Appreciate, Chris. Hope all is well with you too.
345  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Helmet Search on: October 26, 2012, 11:24:41 AM
With only wearing that HJC that's been kicking around for a few years, my plan is exactly as you've stated, Ben. Go to a store and try on some various brands and styles. I've never done it before so I'm looking forward to being wowed by the improvements of something newer.
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