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    CB500K Fork swap: Where to start?

    Just picked up a used 1972 CB500, and I'm curious / interested in swapping forks, mostly because these are getting rusted out, and I'm worried about safety / performance (much less concerned with appearance).

    Problem is, I'm very new to motorcycling in general, and certainly to modding / mechanics, and no idea where to start with research / reading.

    Can anyone suggest good / relevant reading and parts that are specific to CB500?

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    The manufacturers original Service Manual is always the best place to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roach374 View Post
    Just picked up a used 1972 CB500, and I'm curious / interested in swapping forks, mostly because these are getting rusted out, and I'm worried about safety / performance (much less concerned with appearance).

    Problem is, I'm very new to motorcycling in general, and certainly to modding / mechanics, and no idea where to start with research / reading.

    Can anyone suggest good / relevant reading and parts that are specific to CB500?
    Are you going to subsitute that forks with something newer or just make them works? Because if you want I have a pair of Marzocchi coming from a Morini Corsaro 1200 with 50mm diameter stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Federicoca View Post
    Are you going to subsitute that forks with something newer or just make them works? Because if you want I have a pair of Marzocchi coming from a Morini Corsaro 1200 with 50mm diameter stem.

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    Nice forks! but his existing front end only has 35mm stanchion tubes. He might as well just buy a modern bike rolling chassis and try to jam his old bone motor into it.
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    If your new to bikes and mechanics buy an newer, roadworthy bike and learn to ride and maintain it. The only thing less fun then an undependable bike is a poorly modified undependable one.

    If you are bent on throwing away good money and won't send it to me, then here is some reading. https://sites.google.com/site/alansdocuments/

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    Quote Originally Posted by roach374 View Post
    Just picked up a used 1972 CB500, and I'm curious / interested in swapping fork

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    They have a conversion table that will help. Stem lengths you need to measure to get an idea what goes to what the easiest.

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