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.
The original item. Our Other Life Cycles logo Printed to order by hand by our friends at Pan Ector Industries.…
Named for our first born. This tee is the artwork off the rear of the seat pan on our CB550f…