Taking on this 1974 Honda CB550 build was something a little out of the ordinary for Pop’s Garage, but it’s been a fun learning experience, and is coming along quite nicely! The biggest challenge has been converting the CB from the standard dual rear shock set up to a single mono shock .This required an entirely new swing arm and for Nick to fab up a shock mount and support, all while making sure there would still be enough clearance for the new wheels, and the custom seat pan Nick made to house the necessary wiring.
As with all custom builds you run into issues with just about everything fitting, and of course this has been no exception. This week the challenge has been to get the exhaust mocked up and make sure it is spaced appropriately for the rear set foot pegs. We’re looking forward to seeing this awesome Honda CB finished up, it will truly be one of a kind and a show stopper. So, stay tuned!
WINTERIZING YOUR MOTORCYCLE
I know we are blessed with nice weather for the majority of the year in Georgia, but for you guys that don’t ride throughout the entire year, or live in colder states, I wanted to share a few tips with you for winterizing your motorcycles. First things first, give your bike a good wash with soap and water. Bug guts, dirt, and grime can begin to eat away your clear coat over time. Then fill your tank up with fuel and add some fuel stabilizer and let the bike run for a little bit to let it mix throughout. If you have a carbureted bike drain the fuel from the float bowl. Change the fluids, old oil can develop acidic qualities over periods of extended storage which can corrode engine parts. Pull spark plugs and squirt approximately a teaspoon of oil in each cylinder and rotate the motor over to coat your cylinder walls. Lube your chain, if you have a chain drive, and all cables.
Remove your battery, or keep your bike on a handy Battery Tender, which we have plenty available of at the shop, to make sure you don’t have to go out and purchase a new battery come spring. Lastly, I advise keeping your bike parked on some old thick carpet, plywood, or a stand if you have one at your disposal. Tires can develop flat spots after long periods of sitting in one spot. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way, and can save you tons of money in the future, so give your bike the TLC it deserves!
NOVEMBER MERCH HIGHLIGHT
Stop by the shop and check out our selection of Men’s and Women’s leather apparel. If you plan on riding throughout the fall and winter months, a good leather jacket is essential. We have multiple styles for Men and Women and all sizes in stock. You can also browse our inventory online at:
While you’re browsing the website check out our Pop’s Garage Fab beanies we have in stock to help keep your melon warm all winter! We have them in various styles to suit everyone.
Please take note of the new store hours! We will be closing at 6 p.m. Tue-Fri from now until spring!
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