For Sale: 1973 Honda CB CB500F
Vintage race bike for the street! If the “cool” factor of a vintage Honda CB500F isn’t enough for you, how about one with real vintage racing creds? If THAT is still not enough for you, how about a vintage Honda CB500F with real vintage racing creds that comes complete with a title, license plate and everything you need to be a vintage hooligan on the street? I’m pretty sure I have your attention now!
Launched in the early 1970s, the CB500 was a four cylinder, four stroke powered bike designed to be a scaled down CB750. It was smaller and lighter than its larger brother, but power was down as well (bhp was reported to be in the 45-50 range). Handling was reported to be much better than the larger 750, and CB500 models were raced successfully – including TT events such as the famed Isle of Man.
From the seller:
Up for auction is my 1973 CB500F. I bought this bike at Jerry Woods’ Auction in Deland in March of 2000. The bike was raced in Fl. CCS’s Vintage Classes in 2000 and rebuilt for the next season at the end of that year. It was raced in 01, and 02 in CCS, WERA, and AHRMA. In 2002, it won both LW and HW Vintage classes in Fl CCS. At the end of 02 it was rebuilt to it’s current configuration, 651cc’s. In Feb 03, I took it to Jennings, Fl., to participate in the dual AHRMA/WERA event. I crashed badly on another bike that weekend, which ended my racing days. The only time on this engine was a few practice laps that weekend, and the bike has been sitting since then. I recently pulled the engine and have gone completly through it, rebuilding the head, and re-ringing the pistons. Since finishing this rebuild, the engine has less than 100 street miles on it.
The bike is presently set up for the street. Below is a description of the components of the bike:
Engine: 12.3:1 compression; Completely rebuilt CB750F carbs; New throttle and choke cables; Custom intakes; Head ported and just rebuilt by BPM; Web Cam # 58B; Complete Dyna S ignition, with isolated 12V wiring, and new ignition wires and caps; New battery; New Cometic 65mm, .043 copper head gasket; Oversized cylinder studs; 64mm CB750 modified pistons; Falicon crank; R&D Motorsports undercut transmission; New oil pump; New complete Barnett clutch; New starter; Ignition advancer welded to full advance; Yoshimura hand bent exhaust with baffle; 18/34 gearing;
Frame: New fork seals; Dual front drilled brake rotors; Calipers just rebuilt; Steel braided front brake lines; Progressive front springs; Koni rear shocks; Steering stabilizer; Tommaselli clipons; Lester mag wheels, 18″ rear, 19″ front; Oil cooler; Oil pressure gauge; Rickman styled aluminum fuel tank; Sigma BC800 bicycle computer; Rear sets; Fairing;
Spares: Honda factory shop manual; Complete Kerker 4-1 exhaust, not pretty, but functional; 2 complete gasket kits with extras; 2 complete engine seal kits; 1 new Cometic 65mm, .032 copper head gasket; 1 new Cometic 69mm base gasket; Race fairing; 2 sets of front springs; 2 sets of stock intake manifolds, 1 modified; Stock cylinder studs; Race belly pan; Used, but good, front sprockets, 13, 14, 17; Used, but good, rear sprockets, 35, 36, 37, with a new 38.
Vintage racers will always be an interesting lot. There are lots of unknowns, often costly modifications and many improvements to the chassis and running gear. Without a documented history of famous riders or races, these bikes generally sell for less than it would cost to create. The fact that this one is titled means that the next owner not only picks up a bike with some panache and a cache of spares, but one that can be used on the street as well.
This auction is going on now, with a few days remaining. The current bid is only up to $2k, with the reserve still in place. Depending upon how high that resereve is set, this striking CB500F might find a new home for a song. For more details and information, click on the link and check out the auction. Good Luck!