1975 Honda CB550f aka F-bomb Cafe Racer
This is our first build at Other Life cycles, the 1975 Honda Cb550f Supersport Cafe racer AKA “The F-bomb”. It is anything but stock and is a blast to ride. We built the F-bomb to be a clean-lined cafe racer beauty and it delivers in every way.
The Honda CB550f weighed a little 423lbs when the rolled off the assembly line. With all of the modifications we made we got the F-bomb closer to 365lbs (est). The lighter weight and improved suspension make this bike a joy to ride and kinda quick.
We started on Day one with a pretty tired looking and fairly young (only 16000 miles on the ODO) numbers matching donor bike from the upper mid-west. The engine was stuck, the gas tank was almost rusted through and the mufflers were rotten, the brake light was filled with mud, and there was a family of mice living in the airbox. It looked like a goner. We knew there was a diamond in there though and we cut everything away to find it. It has new engine seals, new piston rings, a hand made custom seat-pan with recessed brake/running lights, hand wired electrics with RFID on/off ignition, Dynatek ignition system, Racetech golden valve suspension, recessed rear turn signals, and a whole bunch of our sweat and joy in it. Besides all that, it is a beautiful bike to look at. Yes, we know we are biased.
It is a pretty kick-ass build and it manages to balance the old with the new in a really nice way. Scroll through the image gallery below and see all the work. In all its glory.
Like I said, “We knew there was a diamond in there…” and this image gallery shows you a bit of what was done to find it. There was a lot of work done to get the F-bomb where it is today. While there is no image slideshow that can capture all of the “blood, sweat, and tears” this one captures all of that and a bit of the joy as well. Enjoy.