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1976 Honda CB550 SOLD

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  • £3,245 As stated
  • 1976
Ad Type For Sale
Category Motorcycles
Make Honda
Model 550
Year 1976
Mileage 16,045 miles
Country UK
Status Trade
Ref C1235957
This is a 1976 model finished in Candy Garnet Brown. The paint is original and does actually show the candy effect in the sunshine. We have left the paint alone as it has a nice patina.

The less said about the exhaust when we bought it the better but we have replaced this with a stainless steel four into one. The motor runs well and has been given a check over by our mechanics. Tyres will need to be replaced but the bike needs very little now to be a very useable classic or a candidate for full restoration.

This would make a low-cost way of getting into Honda 550 ownership without having to spend months in the shed!

Please quote stock number 20023 when contacting us about this bike.

It comes with US title and NOVA documentation ready to register in the UK. We can provide guidance to help with the registering process with the DVLA.

This bike is at our Somerset facility. It can be viewed by arranging a visit. You will be most most welcome but strict social distancing will be in place at all times.

Delivery can be provided to all parts of the UK


The Honda CB550 was made between 1974 and 1978. It looks like, and in some ways is, a smaller and lighter stablemate to the CB750. That said, it has much more in common with the CB500 four which went before it. Let’s take a brief look at the bike itself.

The CB550 K series used a four into four exhaust (very few original exhausts survive but they are now being reproduced) with a trumpet shaped final section (often referred to as ‘tulip pipes’). As a cheaper option to replacing the four pipes, many are now run on four into one systems.

A second variant, the CB550 F, was introduced in 1975 which featured a standard four into one exhaust, slightly less chrome and flatter handlebars. It was sold as part of the ‘super sport’ range.

Both bikes had a single front disc brake and rear drum brake and featured a single overhead cam four cylinder motor with two valves per cylinder. Power output from the motor came in at around 50 horse power and with a weight of over 450 lbs (over 200 kg) this was never going to be a fast bike. That said, top speed came in at over 100 mph.

As is usually the case with Hondas though, the motor was reliable and would run up quite high mileages if looked after. Many examples survive today and are easier than some other bikes to restore owing to the availability of spare parts. Cam chains did suffer if poorly maintained though. Honda electrics are generally good and this was the case with these bikes.

These bikes, along with the earlier CB500 four, are popular now with those looking for a reliable mid-range bike or for those looking for something smaller and lighter than a 750 equivalent. Enough bikes have survived to allow buyers to choose good examples.

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