Honda CB550 Fade to Black by Federal Moto

Jan 20, 2016

Category: Rides

We’ve seen quite a number of Honda CB cafe racer customs over the years, so, admittedly, it’s hard to get us excited about such a common ride. But this CB cafe racer sports a name of “Fade to Black,” and with a name like that, it’s hard to not demand your attention.

It’s a 1975 CB550 that belongs to Grant Harvey, a Canadian movie director. In celebration of his 50th birthday, his wife suggested he do something fun. His choice? Bring his bike to Federal Moto for a redux. Now, the bike runs a Dynoman Stage 1 Performance kit that includes a 572 cc engine and forged pistons with boosted compression ratios from 9:1 to 10:1. It’s a technical build that makes a ton of changes, including uprated gaskets and a stronger clutch to handle the extra power. It also has a different-looking tank that’s now a CB360 tank that has been finished in matte black with a glossy black stripe. [Via]

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