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Old 29th March 2019, 07:04 PM
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Old 29th March 2019, 07:08 PM
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So we all know the 500/4, 550/4 and the utterly ubiquitous-but-never-around-when-you-want-one CB750/4 but how about the brother locked in the attic - the CB650?

Had never laid eyes on one - in the flesh or in print anywhere - until I stumbled on a very nice example in a specialist dealer today. Immediately drawn to it but know absolutely nothing about them.

Good, bad, indifferent? Condition is everything I guess, and this was nice, but no point being nice if your internals are made of chocolate.

Was it a bored-out 550 or a sleeved-down 750? Or neither?
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Old 29th March 2019, 09:22 PM
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As far as I remember Reg Armstrong officially imported them in either black or blue with the silver alloy comstar whales

Bored out 550 I think
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Old 30th March 2019, 08:47 AM
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AFAIK the Irish ones had straighter handlebars. The one in the pic poss an american import.
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Old 30th March 2019, 09:01 AM
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JRs in Wexford by any chance?
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Old 31st March 2019, 12:52 AM
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had one, loved it. 750/4 motor.
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Old 31st March 2019, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by kcmacloon
AFAIK the Irish ones had straighter handlebars. The one in the pic poss an american import.
Aye, looks like US spec 'custom' version. Remember a few euro-spec ones around back in the day. Haven,t seen one in donkeys years. Never had the kudos of the 500/550, 750 unlike the Zed 650. Not sporty/stylish enough?....
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Old 31st March 2019, 06:53 PM
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Described as a Cortina at the time, they were discounted to help sales. Good reliable bike but not exciting.
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Old 1st April 2019, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by NODSTER
As far as I remember Reg Armstrong officially imported them in either black or blue with the silver alloy comstar whales

Bored out 550 I think
A solid motor, flat out 110 & then the Z650C came along. I’d say my brother had one of the first in Ireland.
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Old 2nd April 2019, 12:55 AM
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charging system gives bother on em .ignitors pack in too (the shelac type coating melts off ) id say they share more with the 750 dohc than the 750 sohc .
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Old 2nd April 2019, 08:16 PM
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charging system gives bother on em .ignitors pack in too (the shelac type coating melts off ) id say they share more with the 750 dohc than the 750 sohc .
SOHC I think.
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Old 12th April 2019, 03:37 PM
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Interesting points. So what's the final verdict? Acceptable as an everyday proposition around the capital? The finish is very good but if I go back to see it again I'd love to have some very specific questions - try to sift out the BS etc.
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Old 13th April 2019, 06:03 PM
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I know the guy who owned it..he looked after it really well...its wayyy over priced, but everything in that shop is....
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Old 15th April 2019, 11:27 PM
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Interesting. Ok to get in touch?

Price seemed ok to me, or at least not stupid in any way, it's a very nice example. Hope we have the same bike in mind...
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Old 16th April 2019, 02:24 AM
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SOHC I think.
Spot on with the upright cylinder 'enlarged earlier CB500/550 bottom end'
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Old 16th April 2019, 01:31 PM
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SOHC I think.
Originally Posted by NODSTER View Post
Spot on with the upright cylinder 'enlarged earlier CB500/550 bottom end'
my reference was to more than the motor . a lot of thecycleparts/ leccys were akin to the dohc bikes of the time , the charging and spark can be a nightmare . the cb650 itself became a dohc a bit later too, same layout as the dohc with shims etc .
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Old 17th April 2019, 11:30 AM
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Lee Honda in Cork have one in their show rooms...comstar wheels and all
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