Honda CB550 Four Reviews

1976 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles

Summary:

Solid, bullet-proof motorcycle for the ages!

Faults:

I'm lucky to own a 35 year old bike that the two previous owners loved. This bike looks as though it's been on the road about a year or so. The only issues I've had so far are:

** Carb float stuck for a day. It freed itself on the next ride.

** Starter solenoid just went bad. Thankfully, there are plenty of used parts around to fix inexpensively.

** Speedo gauge lights went out (old). I found OEM Stanley bulbs and fixed within 30 minutes.

General Comments:

I don't think you can find a more dependable, nimble, better handling, and mechanically engineered motorcycle than Honda. You might here it all the time, but this statement is true: Old CB Honda's are bullet-proof. To me, they are the best bikes I've ever owned.

These make fabulous starter bikes, too. Relatively inexpensive to purchase. Lots of used parts to fix yourself. Not extremely complicated with a Haynes or Clymer manual.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2011

1974 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance21500 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Summary:

Excellent and cannot break it!

Faults:

Nothing other than replaced the ORIGINAL battery that came with it when I bought it this year 2009.

This motorcycle is fast for a 550. It will run with most newer bikes of a much larger size.

General Comments:

This motorcycle had sat in a garage for 19 years, when I spotted it after doing some welding work for the original owner. It had a old Vetter fairing and floor boards on it, but he gave,me all the original foot pegs and shifter for a $350.00 debt on the welding work.

I have cleaned the carbs and rode it trouble free for the entire summer, what a blast from the past.

It gets attention everywhere I go. Typical response: "My Dad had one or I wish I never sold mine". Very cool indeed.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2009

1st Feb 2010, 09:56

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1976 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1976
Year of manufacture1976
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14500 miles
Most recent distance15400 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda C70 Passport

Summary:

I will never sell this bike because I love it!

Faults:

When I purchased the motorcycle, it was a rat bike that had been turned into a cafe racer. Nothing was in adjustment. The bike was trashed and broken. It had been abandoned and I purchased it from a local auction buyer. The City of Seattle picked the bike off the street because it had been sitting there on the street for half a year. I remember seeing it by the side of the road.

When it arrived I was unsure that I could get it running, and it took a year of restoration work to get it back to good runner status. The bike had oil leaks in several common places. I did a complete head gasket replacement.

I had oil leaks at the tach hook up and at the gear shifter which are common.

I cleaned the carbs and changed the fork oil.

Soon it will get new tires because the current ones are a little rotten.

I replaced the points and tuned the carb's air flows. Taking the engine apart and putting it back together was a real learning experience, and was worth it for the results.

General Comments:

Now that the bike is running, and has been outfitted with a windshield, saddle bags and highway pegs, it is a lot happier.

I'm also very happy with the bike because it runs like a top. I took it on a 300 mile road trip and it ran great.

The seat is a little hard, but that problem is common with this style bike. I purchased a seat pad with gel in it and that solved the problem of a sore butt.

At this time I'm really not interested in a newer more modern bike, or even upgrading to a faster experience. The bike does a comfortable 65 MPH with no problem. The gearing is perfect for low speeds in traffic, and is able to keep up with the faster more powered bikes.

Finding salvage parts for this bike has been easy because the Honda dealer still has parts available. The local salvage parts guy has many parts available, so I was able to use 750 controls and incorporate them into the bike with no problem.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2008

20th Mar 2011, 17:01

I just purchased a 1976 Honda CB550 four yesterday. It idles at about 3k RPMs. Is that normal for this bike, or is it high?

21st Jul 2012, 20:22

As far as idle goes, I can speak of the 77 CB550, and the owner's manual says that its idle speed is 1800 RPM. I found 1900 to 2000 RPM to be smoother.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 8 reviews