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What's a good price to pay for a Honda 1976 CB550 complete, "running" but cylinder 1 and 4 not firing. Basically a clean bike that will need some engine work, and has some new parts, overall very clean. And clean non op title? $900? I'd be tearing it all down anyways for a first build. I prefer a twin but this looks like a nice bike!
You dont have to. All I asked for was what people think it's worth for someone who is learning, on a budget, and is buying his first bike.
Thanks for being so supportive. Are all of your 23,276 posts this nice? That was actually a rhetorical question, I wont be reading your replies.
No more than $600. I thought Geeto's response was pretty amicable.
He's right. I just bought a complete, but in pieces, 550 chopper for $400.
I'll keep an eye out for something further along and "abandoned" project status, or running. Unless it's a deal I can't pass up.
As XB said, the problem is most likely NOT engine related. More than likely, it has a bad coil, a broken wire to the 1-4 coil, or a bad set of points on the 1-4 circuit. This should take about an hour to diagnose, and fixed fr around $50 in parts.
Since you havent filled out your bio, I am left to guess where you are. Since you mentioned "inop" status, and you have "avocado" in your screen name, I am assuming you are in CA. If the a cert of inop has, in fact, been filed and it has a title, registration will be easy. If that is not the case, the only saving grace would be if it hasn't been registered in over 7 years. It used to be the case that registration info would fall off the DMV files after 7 years, and you could file for a lost title for $12. If it is not off the DMV computer, then you will pay for ALL the back registration.
If it were me, I'd have all the above information in my back pocket. I wouldn't mention it to the owner. I'd offer him $500 because it doesn't run "and I don't know what it will take to get it running". If he can't provide the inop cert and a title, it'd be $400 (ONLY if the last reg date on the plate is 8 or more years old), because "Man, that could cost me $500 just to get it registered".
You DO NOT need to tear the bike down. Regardless of what you have seen on TV, that is NOT the correct way to build a bike (specially a first build). PERIOD. That isn't even how they do it on those TV shows. The correct way is to get it running and riding well, then let the bike tell you what needs modifying. They just don't show that part.
And BTW READ THIS FIRST
Thanks! Lots of help and pointers. Ive built so many cars, the last few Chevy's I had were rust buckets so I was accustomed to just going down to bare frame and build up. But for a first build, or in general that makes sense for a bike, get it going, then start adding based on personal pref. and what works best for the bike. I've started adding some info to my profile, good detective work on the avocados... haha... yeah I am in California.