Alchemy Motorcycles Honda CB550

Honda CB550 Cafe racer

There are certain bikes that you just can’t take your eyes of. This would have to be one of those bikes for me. When I first saw this bike I could not find anything on it that I did not like. I personally own a cb550 and was always a fan of that floating rear seat with a monoshock. Although they took the inspiration from Kinetic’s CB monoshock Design, Alchemy made a few modifications and created their version of the CB550 monoshock.

So without hesitation I messaged the guys at Alchemy Motorcycles and asked them to share their story of the build so here it is.

Honda Cb550

This bike started off as a brat 550. My client and I discussed all stylistic and custom features we wanted to input into this build. We decided to turn it into a minimalistic vintage yet updated cafe racer with midcentury color scheme.

Honda CB550 Cafe racer

The frame was stripped of all tabs, battery box, and rear half was cut off and reconfigured for the floating seat. The floating seat ties into the the minimal feel we wanted.  The tank and headlight is painted in Acura Integra Type R Championship White to keep with a Honda factory color.

Honda cB550 cafe racer

A center mounted headlight let us eliminate the need of fork ears.  The battery and rectifier were relocated under the seat pan. The seat is an Airtech Cutlass completely wrapped in leather matching the Brooks Leather grips to give it a clean look. Clip-ons are from Motocicli Veloci from Italy as well as the rear-set controls. Rearset brackets and yoke top are by Cognito Moto to class it up.

Honda cb550 cafe racer

New chrome Buchanan spokes on stock rims wrapped with Bridgestone Splitfires. Every last nut, bolt, and washer on this bike was chrome plated.  Fender was cut shorter to a more appropriate size. 4-1 Yomshinura exhaust ceramic coated in satin black for sleek appearance. Keihin CR29 Special Roundslide carbs with Malossi velocity stacks. Custom shortened Motion Pro cables.  Swingarm was modified with a hoop to hold the custom Hagon Nitro shock. The engine was painted satin black with touches of chrome on some covers, plus new chrome Allen hardware to set it apart. Over all I think the bike came out perfect. It is defenetly minimalistic vintage café racer that would turn heads on the street. Great job Alchemy Motorcycles.

Honda CB550


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