Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride Sunday, May 22nd

CB550 Custom Build by S&G builder Brady Young


May 2013 Black and Tan
Custom build by Seaweed and Gravel in southern california built by Brady Young. The inspiration for this build was spawned from a previous personal bike of Brady's, made from spare parts and a few weekends. The bike was rough, full of character, and frequently saw the dirt. Nonetheless, it caught the eye of the client that commissioned this build, but with new shoes and a classy attire. 

Our goal for this build was to create a simple, clean, minimalistic bike with an aggressive, low stance; pulling elements from both the cafe racer and brat style palettes, whilst preserving the classic lines that were buried in stock form. Once the form and stance of the bike was set, we moved forward with making it function.

The top end was rebuilt with new internals and tuned by a retired racer and mechanic of the time, making it a true one kick cold started. The client wanted a kick and electric start, so we called upon the guys at Antigravity Batteries. Their compact, powerful battery powers the new from scratch harness with an updated rec/reg combo. With this setup we were able to retain our goal of a clean and minimal design.

Our theory on the finish of our bikes is overall modesty with bold features.  With an all black bike we incorporated matte, satin, and gloss finishes to add some contrast. We here at Seaweed And Gravel feel we've produced a bike that we can be proud of, and have welcomed a new member into our family of weirdos. --Brady


43 comments


  • Ashtan

    This bike is awesome, I also am a big fan of that helmet shown in the last two photo’s. I was wondering if you had any info as to where I might be able to get one?

    Cheers.
    Ash


  • eliasar vasquez

    would you be able to build a CB750 exactly like this and if so what’s the price?


  • Graham

    Great build! I love the stance and simplistic design. Is there any available build sheet or parts list used for this bike? Trying to find correct parts for my own CB550.
    Thanks


  • markus

    hey guys,
    i want to change my OE top triple tree on my cb500f (77). as i got some clip-ons now, i would like to have a top triple tree without the handlebar clamp!
    do you know what other honda models OE top triple trees without clamp fit on mine?! i saw u had to do that as well on the cb550 from brady young…
    and by the way, what kind of battery did u put on that cb550, and how did u hide it so good? i would like to get that same look on my bike and free the triangle of battery/electronics under my seat too…

    thnx for your help in advance!
    cheers
    markus


  • neil redfern

    HELLO.. FIRST OF ALL WOW!! THE BIKE LOOKS AMAZING..I WANT TO BUILD SOMETHING SIMULAR MYSELF BUT THE THE MAIN PROBLEM WAS THE TIRE SIZE AND YOU HAVE JUST SOLVED IT FOR ME.. COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE TIRE SIZE IS ON THIS BIKE?? MANY THANKS NEIL..


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