Working-Class Hero: Our everyman Honda CB550 Tracker Build, Pt. 1

Like most things in life, building a custom motorcycle is certainly a process. It starts with a vision, and (hopefully) ends with a functional expression of speed and style—but you’ll have to get your hands dirty to get there. Lacing wheels, trimming tabs and building an electrical system are just a few of the less glamorous tasks you’ll need to tackle yourself if you want to build a custom motorcycle at home.

While we won’t liken ourselves to the talented full-time builders we regularly feature on Bike EXIF, we know what it takes to build a fun custom motorcycle. And we figured there couldn’t be a better excuse to build bikes than to do it on company time. In the spirit of passing on some busted-knuckle knowledge, I’ll introduce our latest How-To series—a full bike build from start to finish, with all the heavy lifting covered.

With the management duped and a few key sponsors on board, we were ready to kick this thing off, but first, we needed a bike. I was foolishly left with the company’s checkbook and I had plenty of ideas, but I needed to keep this cheap if they’d ever let me get away with it again. ‘Please just buy something that runs,’ my coworkers urged me, but I just couldn’t abide.

I reasoned that buying a clunker would leave us more budget for mods, but really, I had already spied a 1975 Honda CB550F locally that was just begging for a new lease on life. And what could make a better story than that?

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Working-Class Hero: Our everyman Honda CB550 Tracker Build, Pt. 1
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Published Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2023 17:01:41 +0000


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