Seaweed & Gravel » Honda CB550
Built between 1974 and 1978 – preceded by the CB500 and succeeded by the CB650 – Honda’s CB550 has its own dedicated following, maybe not as big as the iconic CB750, but still. We’ve seen some neat stuff coming out from custom builders as well as DIY dudes, most of them sticking to traditional styles like cafe racer, brat-style and trackers.
The one you see here, a 1975 model, is the work of Brady Young (he used to be with UGLY Motorbikes), who now works with Seaweed & Gravel in SoCal. Apparently, the client had seen one of Brady’s personal favourites and was inspired by it – a rough and characterful bike construed from spare parts over the span of a few weekends. However, this one gets newer rubber and a classier look overall. With a clean and minimalist approach in mind, Brady emplyed elements from both the cafe racer and brat style schools, while at the same time retaining the CB’s classic lines.