® The CB500/550 page

Here is where I celebrate the Honda CB 500/550, a machine I greatly admire. This bike and I have a lot of history. I owned one at almost the beginning of my career as a mechanic (selling it with over 92,000 miles on) and now near the end of it I am again enjoying one. In between I have seen, serviced, restored and rebuilt countless others (and am currently rebuilding an engine for a friend's 550). I will try to put some to-me important facts together for those who appreciate this model as much as I do. Here are some of the things I want to talk about:

  • Should you really put on Dunlop Gold Seal tires?
  • Why was the bike changed to a 550?
  • Is the 500 really inferior to the 550?
  • Is the charging system inadequate?
  • What about silicone brake fluid?
  • Do four-into-one exhausts actually do anything?
  • Does the cylinder head really need to be milled?
  • Is there a crisis concerning the carburetors?
  • What about cylinder compression?
  • What about ethanol?
  • How critical is the rocker shafts issue?
  • What about replacement 500 clutch pushrods?
  • Is there an ideal battery for this bike?
  • Why should you install an ammeter and how?
  • What makes me like this bike so much?
  • What about sohc4.net?

High performance ignition
Leaky oil pressure switches
The CB500 petcock
Adjusting the voltage regulator
Tires for the CB500
Avoiding bent valves
The primary chain
The truth about compression
The best battery ever
Beware the sohc4.net forum
The electrical connectors scandal
Valve recession
Living with the stock exhaust
Carburetor rebuild how-to
Carburetor rebuild kits
CB500/550 myths
Motor oil
Head gaskets that don't leak
Recommended front brake pads
Servicing the clutch lifter
Drum brake danger
The 500 versus the 550
Leaky rockerbox washers
Engine oil secrets
Silicone brake fluid
The GTC CM100 multimeter
CB500 likes and dislikes
Proper drive chain maintenance
The aftermarket 4-1 exhaust
Electrical troubleshooting
Video: Easy carb removal
The 60/40 rule
CB500/550 quirks
Defending sohc chging systems
Nuancing the cam chain
The clutch pushrod fiasco
The CB500 charging system
Gasoline and your CB500
The rocker shafts non-issue
The carburetor crisis
Ethanol: As bad as all that?
The onboard ammeter
Cylinders and valves
The 95/50 rule
Easy four-way flashers
Proper clutch adjustment
Electrical deception
Using Sta-Bil
Muffler bulges
Comparing carburetor sync gauges

Recommended reading:
GL1000 page
CBX1000 page

If you like what you see here, and want to look at subjects beyond relevance to the CB500/550, then I encourage you to visit my website front page at www.motorcycleproject.com, where you will find a wider scope of topics. And if you really thirst for understanding, then here is a list of items that deserve consideration and I would like to discuss with you. I encourage dialogue. Contact me at the link below.

Last updated April 2022
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