2012-08-13 14:28:05+0000
  • Make:
  • Honda
  • Model:
  • CB 550
  • Year:
  • 1978

A Japanese made bike, the Honda CB550 was in production from 1974 to 1978. It has a air-cooled 8-valve SOHC transverse four 544cc engine and a top speed of 102 mph (164 km/h).

The CB550 is a redevelopment of the earlier CB500, and like its predecessor, the original CB550K had 4 exhaust pipes and 4 silencers. The CB550K went through some minor iterations, the last being the CB550K4 (pictured). Shortly after the CB550K was introduced, a second version of the CB550 was offered, the CB550F "Super Sport".

The "K" and "F" versions were sold alongside each other. Mechanically, the "K" and "F" versions were very similar, sharing the same components. The main differences were that the "F" had a lighter exhaust silencer kit, fewer chrome trimmings, different side panels and slightly flatter handlebars. Whereas the 'K" was in the styling tradition of the 1969 Honda CB750.

Both F & K models had a drum rear brake and a single front disk brake, although each fork slider had a bracket for a brake caliper. The stainless steel brake disk was neither drilled nor slotted, and was prone to slipping in wet conditions until the disk became hot enough to evaporate any surface water. The CB550F Super Sport was capable of reaching speeds of up to 105 mph (169 km/h). The CB550 line was replaced 1979 by the Honda CB650 which was broadly similar but significantly more powerful.

The CB550 model was fairly light and, despite having basic brakes and suspension, it was a good motorcycle which handled reasonably well. Although capable of touring, the CB550 is best suited for middle distance urban and highway riding.

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