CB 550: the Limey

1976 Honda CB550 is a true custom café racer inspired build. If you are looking for a café racer, but something that is edgy and not “average”, then this bike is for you!

This classic was kicking around the shop for a few years as a “basket case” and we were happy to finally have enough parts and time in the shop to dedicate some time to it.

Ground-up build with suspension upgrades, frame mods, custom parts and much more!

As with most of our ACP custom bikes, all work was done in-house.


All original pieces prepared and coated:

  • Powdercoated frame, engine covers, top triples, headlight, gaugemount

Frame mods:

  • Exposed exoskeleton rear frame mods
  • ACP Powder coated
    • 3 stage Glowing Yellow over Chrome with Glowbee glow-in-the-dark Clear
  • Rear break relocation to a dual mono shock setup
  • Custom GSXr 1000 rear sets
  • Electronic tray located under rear hump

Front End:

  • ACP designed and machined triple trees out of billet aluminum with a duo finish
    • Brushed aluminum and matte black powdercoat
  • Integrated multi-positional gauge mount
  • Single suspended headlight
  • Clip-ons with classic grips
  • Bar end mirrors
  • GSX 600f front end swap


  • Progressive front fork internals
  • GSX600f rear swing arm
  • Modified dual mono shock rear brake relocation with YSS rear reservoir suspension


  • GSX600f rims, powder coated
    • 3 stage Glowing Yellow over Chrome with Glowbee glow-in-the-dark Clear
  • Michelin Pilot tires

Body: Something different

Engine & Driveline: Beefed up because…why not?

  • Keihin CR29 carbs
  • Fully rebuilt and ACP powder coated engine
    • Super Durable Wet-Black
    • 2 stage Dormant Purple with Ghost Clear
  • Cylinders bored out to 600cc
  • Earl’s oil cooler
  • Honda CB650 cam shaft

Electronics & Lights:

  • Motogadget motoscope tiny gauge
  • Motogadget m-Button
  • Motogadget m-Unit
  • Anti Gravity lithium-ion battery
  • Dyna ignition and coils
  • Custom LED tail light, turn signals and headlight


  • Hindle headers with straight pipe baffle


  • Custom wrapped in alcantara, by Mike’s Upholstery in Hamilton


First place. 2017 Toronto Motorcycle Super Show, Level 3 Café Racers

Third place. 2017 Toronto Motorcycle Spring Show, Level 1 Café Racer