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I was just given a 75 CB500T that belonged to a buddy of mine. I've been riding for years, my current ride is a 05 Triumph Sprint ST. The CB is kind of a return to my roots as my first street bike was a Cj360. That one had flat bars and straight pipes and most of the 'extra bits' stripped off, kind of a highschool kids minimalist cafe.
I'm planning to rebuilt the 500 this winter, going the full stripped out cafe style with it. Is there anything I should know going into this? Anyone have any wise input they'd like to give?

I have several good motorcycle salvage yards near by and I plan to snag things like aluminum rims, a second disc for the front etc.

One thing I'm kinda interested in is electronic ignition conversions for the honda twins. Anyone have any experience there?

Thanks and sorry for all the newby questions...

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try dyna ignitions. you can get em from just about any catalog.

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Dyna doesn't make one for the CB450/500 twin, but you can adapt the GL1000 goldwing one.

Newtronics makes one but they may or may not be out of business.
 

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I saw a bit on the Newtronics piece...I'll have to see if they're still around. I own a custom fabrication shop so adapting something isn't out of the question if it comes that that.

Did a little digging about this bike and found some interesting tidbits. It'll take CB450 hicomp pistons which is cool. A little port&polish on the head and some mikuni/K&Ns and it's off to the races so to speak.

It is rated at 42hp and wieghs in at a porky 465lbs.....that'll have to be remedied. Looking at the bike I see a lot of places to lose wieght. The rear fender/light/seat/grabhandle comdo is pretty chunky. My fiberglass cowl seat will knock a good chunk of pork off. The stock exhaust is pretty chubby too. I figure some TT-pipes and short megaphones should trim that right down though I'm thinking high pipes might be cool too! I've got a nifty digital speedo kit that I made back in electronics school, the display is small enough to be glued to the the face and not block the action so I can run a single gauge. I'm not worried about building a period correct piece so the digital speedo won't break my heart. Some clipons and a cut down front fender and this should be a fun little rig for around town and in the local canyons.

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you can for sure mod one to work if theres room under the cover.

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The GL1000 one fits with some small mods but you can't put the points cover back on unless you make a spacer. I think that's the way I'm going, but I will have to fabricate my own spacer from plastic.
 

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I'm intrigued now......is there any info regarding this on the 'net?
I cna fab a spacer with no problem here..

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