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    newb tryin to decide, cb550 or cb650

    Im looking at 2 bikes in my area. 1975 cb550 and a 1981 cb650 both with clear titles, both not running, both with seemingly easy to fix issues. the 550 needs a new battery, and some wiring sorted out, and the 650 needs a new stator. Asking price for both is relatively the same.

    The questions i have are; Which model has more support: parts, info, after market, and racing? Which is more common, produced in higher numbers? Which is easier to work on?

    This will be my first project bike, and first cafe. It will be used for around the town motoring.

    thank you
    Zack

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    550.
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    Buy both, and move the 650 engine into the 550 frame.
    http://quiterandom.hubpages.com/hub/...sic-motorcycle How to buy a used bike
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    quote:Originally posted by thunderzy

    The questions i have are; Which model has more support: parts, info, after market, and racing? Which is more common, produced in higher numbers? Which is easier to work on?
    Get the 550.

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    550 is the way to go.

    Check out sohc 4 site as well.

    http://forums.sohc4.net/
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    Thanks guys! Ive made up my mind. Im going with the 550. pics as soon as i can take em!

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