27 January 2015
Getting old wheels back in shape
Restoring an old bike always sounds like great fun, but once you get everything apart, it can get trickier. We’ve had a devil of a time replacing the cush bushings on our old Ducati 900 SS, had a cracked crank case cover on our TW200, and dealt with what feels like a million other stuck bolts or bent pieces. That’s why the CB550 video series on Bike Exif is refreshing, it doesn’t sugar coat the trials of motorcycle restoration.
After a failed attempt at refurbishing the stock rims, they decided to buy a set of Sun Rims instead, and laced them up using OEM Honda spokes.
David Browning of E3 Motorcycles is performing the restoration, and says “There are still a couple of parts missing,” says Browning. “We’re waiting on a replacement front rotor and a couple of bearing seals to bolt everything up proper. If only these things timed out like the movies.”
After the wheels were sorted, the team slapped on a pair of Metzeler Lasertec tires, for a classic look mated to modern handling, great durability, as well as exceptional wet weather performance.
From Bike Exif