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Amal Concentric Carburetor Overhaul

There's an old saying that 99 percent of all carburetor problems are electrical. True as that may seem sometimes, the simple fact is, if your Amal carburetted British motorcycle isn't running as well as it should, a quick checkup and rebuild of the Amal Concentric carburetors might be just ...

Installing Rear Swingarm Bushings on a 1973 Honda CB500

 Here is a simple "How-To" project: installing fancy new rear swingarm bushings on a 1973 Honda CB500.While stock bushings are readily available from BikeBandit.com, we opted for these sweet aftermarket bushings from Charlie O'Hanlon at Charlie's Place in San Francisco, Calif. Charlie had ...

BMW /5 Swingarm Bearing Service

Last issue, we looked at servicing steering head bearings on BMW /5 machines, noting it as one of those jobs owners often put off until it's too late. If that's true of steering head bearings, it's doubly true of swingarm bearings, which owners often let go almost to the point of failure.Bad ...

BMW /5 Steering Head Bearing Service

Steering head bearings seem to be one of those things we don't think about until we have to. The problem is, by the time you realize your bike's steering head bearings need attention — evidenced by notchy, stiff or even loose steering — it's usually too late to do anything but replace them. ...

1973 Honda CB500 Carburetor Rebuild

We’ve previously shown you how to rebuild the forks on a 1973 Honda CB500. This time we’ll show you a carburetor rebuild. While our step-by-step should make the process pretty clear, we highly suggest a good Chilton or Haynes shop manual to help sort out the many details in removing and ...

Tips for Successful Metal Polishing

I've never been a particularly patient person, but I'm learning. And nothing helps teach patience like a project that demands patience. Take metal polishing. On the surface (pun intended) it seems like a simple proposition; clean the surface first, slap on some polish, work it in with a clean ...

1973 Honda CB500 Fork Rebuild

In part 1 of Project Café 1973 Honda CB500, we had the bike stripped to the frame and we were making a parts list. We’d just gotten our frame, swingarm and centerstand back from Stuart Armstrong at Custom Coatings & Metal in Lawrence, Kan. That’s the frame pictured above with a ...

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