Archive for the ‘Motorcycle’ Category

It looks like a motorcycle

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Original tank and seat

Originally uploaded by cgancos

The 550 is coming along nicely. Here’s the latest shot with the original tank and seat. Whether they’ll stay is yet to be decided. I like the tank, but the seat is a bit too bulky for my taste.

Cafe Risque

Motorcycle Clear Points Covers

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

I managed to snag a few of these through a member of the Single Over-Head Cam 4 Forum ( ). He makes a bunch of different types for a handful of different bikes. The two clear covers shown are for a Honda CB550 and replace the stock, metal points cover. They’re made from a thick, clear plastic that both look good and feel strong. The center cover (pictured) is painted and is meant to attach to the alternator cover.

These covers fit a bunch of models of motorcycles and he also makes them for a few different manufacturers (Triumph, BSA). There should be a website up pretty soon with full model compatibility as well as pricing. For purchasing information you can email  zabueloz (at) hotmail (dot) com

Gallery of covers:





1978 1977 1976 1975 1974  78 77 76 75 74 CB550 CB 550 CB550k CB550f

Motor and carbs in place

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Motor and carbs in place

Originally uploaded by cgancos

The ’78 CB550 is coming along nicely, but, I suppose I won’t know how good my handiwork was until I try and start it. After a little bit of a struggle, the motor is now in the frame. The carburetors have been cleaned and rebuilt and have been attached to the motor, along with the air filter pods. The ignition coils have been put in place. The spark plugs and oil filter have been changed. The 4 into 1 header is almost on. The next step will be trying to figure out the rest of the electrical system. I have a mangled wire harness that appears to have been cut and spliced in multiple places. Since I won’t be using some of the electrical components that come on these bikes from the factory, I may end up making my own wire harness (assuming I can decipher the wiring diagram found in the manual). I’m also on the fence about swapping the traditional “points” ignition for an electronic one…. I suppose we’ll see what happens….

For more pictures of this bike click here.

Dos Hondas en me Sustantivo

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

HDR Honda x2

Originally uploaded by cgancos

I spent the other day polishing and putting various parts on the depressingly naked motorcycle. I managed to get it to the point where it would actually roll. The gas tank that’s sitting on the bike will not be used. The inside of the tank smells like a mix of the gasoline and oil from a 1908 Ford Model T after sitting for 112 years. Also, the tank is so terribly rusted that I’m surprised it holds that rancid liquid. I played around with the height of the headlight and I think I’ll keep it where it sits (see photo). However, I did just pick up the windscreen from a Buell Cyclone that I hope will fit and look alright. That may play a part in the mounting height of the headlight.

It’s almost time to put in the motor!

1978 Honda CB550

’72 Norton

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

Here’s the latest addition to my mechanical collection. 1972 Norton Commando 750 turned chopper. Soft hard-tail. Front springer. Double head lights. King/Queen seat. This thing has it all. It’s even equipped with rust! Few of these British-built bikes made it to the US, making it a collectors item.

Streetfighter S

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Streetfighter S

Originally uploaded by cgancos

The much desirable 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S. This bike was on display at the 2010 Cycle World International Motorcycle Show. I’m still not sure if I like this more than the Monster, but if you’d like to donate either one to the Make-a-Chris Foundation I certainly won’t be picky. Seriously, for a mere $18,995 you could make me very happy. I’ll totally be your best friend and you can even come to my birthday party. Sleepover!

Official Site

Sucker Punch Sallys

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Originally uploaded by cgancos

I had the opportunity to go to the International Motorcycle Show (put on by Cycle World). Sadly, I had no interest in most of the manufacturer’s bikes (except the Ducati’s). The customs and classics where what held my interest. This beaut built by Sucker Punch Sallys caught my eye. It was built around a Harley motor and sports some of the features found on bikes pre-dating the 50’s. Leather, leaf-spring front suspension, foot-controlled throttle, and no front brake. I believe this is one of their Love/Hate models. Scope out their site here: