you'll be saving youself a lot of trouble if you run clipons instead. Clubmans will take some fiddling so that they clear the tank, the brake m/c doesn't hit the gauges, the cables don't bind, and the points to look funny.quote:
I am going to put clubman bars on my Honda 1976 CB550K Four.Need to know if I can use the cable already on the bike or do I need too get a shorter set.Also if anyone has any pics on the whole process.I want to also run the electical wiring the way the original was set up and I know it involves drilling some new wire holes.You can post on this site or email [email protected]
With clipons get a nice cheap set (250champ has a good cheap set here), then push the fork legs through the top of the trees and bolt the clipons on the top part of the fork that sticks up, that way you are not too far hunched over and you can run your stock headlight ears and such.
For the wires, notch the controls and run them outside the bars. It is so much better and you won't spend hours on ebay looking for a good used bar control after you have an accident and the bar pinches and cuts your wires (which happend to me with a set of superbike bars). If you absolutley must have them inside, most of the honda accessory bars had the in hole and the out hole next to each other. If you buy flanders bars they will drill these holes for you (with chamfered edges so you don't cut your wires threading them through). I don't recommend running the wires down the points of the bars because 1) it is difficult to thread, and 2 because it is a tight bend which binds the wires. Over time the vibration will rub the wire through and you will devlop a short. With clipons you can drill one hole and run the wires out the open top. Go to home depot and get some convoluted tubing and it will clean up the look.
clipons and clubmans are very uncomfortable with stock footpeg position. The bike will pretty much be unusable for touring. I recommend you put rearsets on the bike to alleviate some of the pressure on your wrists and make the bike more confortable. Since I don't know your fabircation skill I recommend you call up omar's dirt track racing and order a set of rask rear sets. YOu'll be about $300 lighter but it's worth it. Another way to make your bike more comfortable is to instead run drag bars or superbike bars. On my daily rider cb750 I run superbike bars and I could ride that bike for hours. With drag bars you are not as low as clubmans but it still looks racy. I recommend a "broomstick" (not an actual broomstick, just a handlebar with no bend or rise) or a wide shallow bend drag bar so they don't hit the tank.