In my opinion a nice bike does not need to scream and shout to get attention. It’s not all about the bright colors or supper loud exhaust. A truly nice bike might look stock at first glance. But for some reason your eye is drawn to this bike. The more you look at it the more you start noticing how little “stock” parts are actually on it. I would say these are the build I love to find. Anyone can modify a bike. But not everyone can do it in a way that makes everything work as a whole.
On this note I believe that this Cognito Moto CB550 is just that. When Devin Henriques posted a Craigslist add, He was just trying to buy a CB750 frame. Fortunately for him a man from West VA replied back to him. He was saying he had a bike that was more or less complete with a title its just it has been siting for many years. After talking numbers they settled on $260.
After striping the bike down. Devin started cutting of the rear of the frame to recreate a cleaner rear end and to raise the seating arrangement. To help raise the rear end a pair of 14” shocks have been added. The seat was from Dime City Cycles but Devin decided to shorten it by 2” before he will install it. The gas tank was also not something Devin wanted to keep. He found that the CB500T gas tank lines match the bike much better. The Rearsets are Tarrozzi mounted to a bolt-on bracket he designed and built.
My favorite would be the GSX-R front forks that are on these bikes. Not only is it a great improvement to the performance on these bikes but it also looks amazing. Now most people don’t switch out the front GSXR rim. Probably because of the hassle. But Devin went the extra mile and made custom front end conversion hubs that would still support the Vintage looking lace rim but on the GSXR fork. Since he also wanted modern performance tires. He decided to use the Harley 17” rims.
The motor received a full rebuild and powdercoat. And the frame was also powdercoated into a flat black. The electric starter was removed and the bike was just left with the kick starter. All of the electronics had to be rewired from scratch. The headlight is a Bates 5.75″ unit which had the indicators integrated into it. Some other details that make this bike stand out is the rear guard that has the Honda emblem lacer cut into it. Over all I think this bike is a success and definitely gets me excited about continuing to perfect my own CB550.