THE HYBRID - 1977 Honda CB550
We're happy to finally get Kemp Archibalds / Ripple Rock Racers Hybrid CB in the window for February. Also, thankfully he was able to supply us with some snow free photos of it.
Kemp’s plan was to build a bike that might be what Honda's 1970's CB550 model lineup would have looked like IF they had continued the model lineup line into the new millennium. The bike has "modern" sport bike geometry and suspension but still retains that distinctive “universal everyday rider” look that the CB550 was noted to be.
From Kemp “I wanted the bike to be a bit of a “sleeper” in that it would look much like a stock CB550, maybe a bit sleeker, as it would if designed to more a contemporary sport bike idiom. Hidden underneath the bodywork would be a bigger engine, killer brakes and suspension and frame geometry that mimicked a contemporary 600cc sportbike”
The base of the bike is a 1977 Honda CB550K and retains the frame, gas tank and side covers. The frame has been re-engineered to take a monoshock rear suspension from a Yamaha FZR600 circa 1990’s. The wheels are cast aluminum and are also off of a FZR600 and fitted with Bridgestone BT045 radial tires.
The brakes are Yamaha R6 Four piston calipers on 320mm full floating rotors up front and FZR600 drilled disc with twin piston calipers in the back. The swingarm is a FZR400 Yamaha boxed aluminum structure fitted with a Progressive Suspension remote reservoir fully adjustable shock. The suspension up front is off a Yamaha FZR600, 38mm, with Progressive Suspension Springs. The CB550 engine has been replaced with a 1982 cb650 with pod filters and a MAC 4-1 Exhaust while the seat is a Ducati 750SS Fiberglass replica circa 1974. It’s a great looking build and we’re glad to have it in the shop. Come by and take a closer look, it will be here until the end of the month!