No Reserve: 1978 Honda CB550 “Cafe Overkill”

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This 1978 Honda CB550 was customized and named “Cafe Overkill” by Jeff Stephens of Godffery’s Garage in Burlington, Wisconsin. Powered by an air-cooled 550cc inline-four with a 5-speed transmission, the bike has been modified with polished aluminum bodywork, a custom-fabricated swingarm, oversized forks with dual disc brakes, Ducati fenders, and Akront wheels. The engine was reportedly rebuilt with a ported cylinder head, modified camshaft, electronic ignition, larger carburetors, and hydraulic clutch. This CB550 was acquired by the seller two years ago and is sold with a rear wheel stand and a clean Illinois title in the seller’s name. The bodywork is finished in polished aluminum with black accents, and the frame is powder coated in red. The fuel tank and seat pan are custom items from Benjie’s Cafe Racer, while the fenders and headlight are modified Ducati pieces. The headlight ears are cast aluminum, and a Lucas tail light was sourced from an unspecified 1950s British car. The handlebar base and gauge mounts were removed from the top triple clamp, and Telefix clip-on handlebars were fitted to the fork tubes. Instrumentation consists of a Honda Racing tachometer with LED warning lights built into the face. The clutch and brake master cylinders are Nissin radial items with the reservoirs hidden behind the headlight. No speedometer or odometer are present, though under 500 miles are believed to have been added since the build was completed. The front suspension features 50.4mm over fork tubes modified with CB450 external springs and a Tarozzi fork brace. The dual disc brakes were drilled and the brake adjusters removed from the fork lowers to allow free floating. Braided stainless steel brake lines are from Slingshot Cycles. A Daytona multi-setting steering damper has been fitted, and 18” Akront shouldered rims with stainless steel spokes wear Dunlop K81 tires. The rear swingarm was custom fabricated by Frame Crafters and features dual inboard gas shocks. Tarozzi rearsets are mounted on custom aircraft aluminum brackets. The rear brake plate has been drilled for ventilation, and the 4-into-2 stainless steel exhaust was fabricated by Benji’s with heel guards and billet aluminum clamps. Power comes from an air-cooled 550cc inline-four with a 5-speed transmission. The engine was reportedly overhauled as part of the build, though supporting records are unavailable. The seller can provide a detailed list of modifications performed, including: Ported cylinder head Web camshaft and valve springs DYNA electronic ignition and coils Engraved clear acrylic timing cover Keihin CR26 Carburetors with K&N filters Ported intake manifolds modified with balancing tubes Randakk’s oil filter adapter Yoyodyne hydraulic clutch Clutch cover vented with oil sight glass added Front sprocket cover vented with oil pressure gauge added Electrics relocated under seat Inverted Odyssey dry cell battery Pressure gauge added directly to oil pump Oil temperature gauge added to billet filler cap A walk-around video can be viewed below.

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