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1974 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1974
Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1999
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles

Summary:

The best motorcycle I ever owned. Not the most powerful, but the best

Faults:

The only problem I was with the charging system. Sometimes the battery was dead when I went to start it... But hey, that's why it had a kick-starter that worked like a charm!

General Comments:

Great bike for dependability. I want another one. I currently own a 2000 ZRX1100 and a 2000 V-Star 650, but I still want to find another one to restore.

I myself never had issues with the seat, but then again, I have a small butt.

I was once 30 miles out of town, noticed the oil pressure light came on, so I stopped to check my oil... there was none. Bone dry!!! But it still made it home and ran like a champ after...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2007

1975 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1975
Year of manufacture1974
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired11500 miles
Most recent distance13500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF750F Interceptor

Faults:

The Honda 500-550/4 – A Commentary:

I have owned 4 different Honda motorcycles at different times starting with a 1972 500/4 and more recently a magnificent Honda VFR.

However. Of all of the bikes, there is, to me one that standout, as the 500/550 – Four. Albeit not superlative at anything, it seems as though it was good at most everything with being a genuinely nice ride.

Also, although not incredibly quick or having massive braking by todays standards, assuming 0 to 60 in the 7s with a 6 figure top-end is good enough for you, you may be quite happy. It is also a very comfortable motorcycle to ride with an easy handling manner.

All being said, it is a nice motorcycle that seems to always draw very favorable nostalgic comments from people who know the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2007

1979 Honda CB550 Four from United Kingdom

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB200

Summary:

A typical classic Honda

Faults:

Head gasket needed replacing on purchase.

New batteries and bulbs occasionally, rear sprocket shock rubbers, rear suspension renewed, tyres and a horn.

General Comments:

A nice relatively comfortable bike, which has been very reliable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2007

1977 Honda CB550 Four from United States of America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1982
Most recent year of ownership1987
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB550 Four

Summary:

I'd buy it again tomorrow

Faults:

The Four into Four exhaust system had some small rust through in the low spots of the mufflers when I bought the bike. The previous owner used it for short trips in the Bahamas and the pipes tend to not heat up enough to burn off condensation on short trips. The pipes were just a little noisy. Not enough to bother replacing them.

The bike was parked outside, so the seat faded and cracked at the seams.

Overall, a very reliable bike. I never had any mechanical problems. The only time the bike quit on me was when a fuse blew. There was a spare mounted in the fuse box and I was running again in five minutes.

General Comments:

Overall, a great bike. Very smooth and comfortable. I once rode this bike from Vermont to Florida, and regularly rode it between North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. I also used it to deliver pizzas when in college.

It won't set any speed records, but was adequate for the highway, nimble around town and enjoyable on the twisties. Handling was very predictable and could be ridden confidently right up to its limits. I discovered Deals Gap on this bike and had a ball.

I've had touring bikes, sport bikes and standard since, but none I've enjoyed so much.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2005

1980 Honda CB550 Four from New Zealand

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership1985
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX250

Summary:

A great cruiser and a nice looking bike

Faults:

Replaced the muffler when I first got the bike.

Was thoroughly reliable, even though it was used every day.

General Comments:

An older style bike that was my second bike. It was very comfortable in a straight line and even at 160 kph it tracked straight with no tank slapping etc. Would not like to brake hard at that speed thou.

Not particularly fast, but it was extremely smooth. Did about 60 to 70 miles to the imperial gallon. Was a great cruiser, but was slow around the hills.

It never broke down and apart from regular servicing, never needed a cent spent on it.

Would love one again just to cruise and be a bit different today.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2004

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