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June 17, 2012, 08:55 PM #0

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Right on right on....  Just starting this thread now...  Bought a 1980 Honda CX500 with 30k kms for $650.  Planning to cafe racer the bike.

Go from this:




to something like this:



Guy did this on a $1000 US budget including the bike!!  Check out his website:
http://www.motomucci.com/2011/10/project-cx-full-shoot.html

So far planning on (purchased...):

Drag Bars (clubmans/clip ons too low)


Grips


Front LED turn signals


Got LED rear lights/license plate bracket on the way, swapped a dual piston front caliper...  few other goodies.  getting exhaust custom fabbed, with a cherry bomb style muffler.

Seat


Build will start soon.  Will have a few good DIYs.

-Front Fork Rebuild
-Front Brake Swap, full bleed
-Fluid Changes
-Fender mods
-custom gauge cluster

until next time... (exhaust install)
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    June 17, 2012, 08:58 PM #1

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    Ahhh. forgot about mirrors, but not sure which I like better... leaning towards round bar end mirrors:



    or rectangle:


    Thoughts????
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      June 17, 2012, 08:58 PM #2

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      this is going to a super cool build. Good luck with it.  :D
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        June 17, 2012, 09:10 PM #3

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        Very very awesome. SenorScooby also has a old school project Honda.

        That appears to be the 500 twin. What carbs are on it? I have a soft spot for old bike carburetors.
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        i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

          June 17, 2012, 09:11 PM #4

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          What's a cafe racer?

            June 17, 2012, 09:19 PM #5

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            Originally posted by JayPe3
            What's a cafe racer?

            the finished bike is a cafe racer...
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              June 17, 2012, 09:22 PM #6

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              Originally posted by JayPe3
              What's a cafe racer?

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cafe_racer
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              Originally posted by: Igor
              i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti

                June 17, 2012, 09:23 PM #7

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                Originally posted by boostfreak
                Very very awesome. SenorScooby also has a old school project Honda.

                That appears to be the 500 twin. What carbs are on it? I have a soft spot for old bike carburetors.

                Yes, very cool indeed, i like the moto guzzi look, and the ease of maintenance (valve adjustments, prop drive, ect)

                It is a 500cc (497 to be exact, lol) the carbs are dual 34mm Keihins.  Vacuum operated, which I'm not super happy about.  Would love to do a mikuni swap, or a weber... but the bike was $650, so tossing down $250 for some carbs when the bike runs fine already seems a bit much.  There's info on the mikuni swap being fairly easy, so I may still go that route.
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                  June 17, 2012, 09:25 PM #8

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                  Originally posted by JayPe3
                  What's a cafe racer?

                  Where do I get a iVtec sticker for the bike??  comes on real strong after 7000rpm so it must have it. :P
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                    June 17, 2012, 09:26 PM #9

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                    If you really want one, we can print you one lol.

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                      Cool project. Looks like you've got your plans sorted and your bike runs, so you'll be the first TTI member to complete their old Japanese motorbike. Are you keeping the stock tank?

                        June 17, 2012, 09:56 PM #11

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                        Originally posted by firelizard
                        Cool project. Looks like you've got your plans sorted and your bike runs, so you'll be the first TTI member to complete their old Japanese motorbike. Are you keeping the stock tank?

                        yes.... I do like the look of the CX500 Deluxe better, but I'll see how it goes, I just wanna ride, so getting this on the road and safetied in the next few weeks is goal #1.  Can't ride it til July 20th tho (need license first...)

                        and I was lucky with the bike, the previous owner had it for 2 years without doing anything to it, sold it for $650 cuz he said it ran ****ty.  rebuilt the carbs, ran some seafoam and did some fluid changes and it runs awesome.  Disassembled most parts to inspect, all is in good nick, so I just would like to clean it a bit.  Forks need a fluid change forsure too still.
                        Last Edit: June 17, 2012, 09:58 PM by Murphenur
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                          June 17, 2012, 10:11 PM #12

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                          I'm starting with probably the roughest canvas out of everyone it seems, but then again my CB550 was $200. I am stoked that there will be several cafe racers on here!

                            June 17, 2012, 10:35 PM #13

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                            Originally posted by SeñorScooby
                            I'm starting with probably the roughest canvas out of everyone it seems, but then again my CB550 was $200. I am stoked that there will be several cafe racers on here!

                            looked at one of those and a shadow... did u check out dimecity cycles? tons of good stuff there. 

                            +1 on the cafe racers... 
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                              June 18, 2012, 01:08 AM #14

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                              amazing. my uncle has a similar honda in his garage that hes been telling me to take for a few years, i always thought about doing something similar. im interested to see how it goes. If you need some extra hands to wrench on the bike, let me know. id love to help. maybe get me started too. lol.

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                                Originally posted by spicy
                                amazing. my uncle has a similar honda in his garage that hes been telling me to take for a few years, i always thought about doing something similar. im interested to see how it goes. If you need some extra hands to wrench on the bike, let me know. id love to help. maybe get me started too. lol.

                                will let you know!  maybe in the next 2 weeks or so.  its a sweet bike to ride, and insurance is $900/yr with no discount...
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                                  June 19, 2012, 10:35 PM #16

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                                  Exhaust Done:



                                  And pic of "cherry bomb" muffler I am going to use.  Have a chambered muffler on the way as well to try out. ($17 each, cheeeeap)



                                  Thanks to Option Plus for making the "Y" pipe, very happy with the quality, and fast turn around (4 days)
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                                    June 30, 2012, 11:25 PM #17

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                                    added seat!!



                                    New master cylinder, brakes, bars this week.
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                                      July 05, 2012, 11:13 PM #18

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                                        July 06, 2012, 08:02 PM #19

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                                        sick man. im jelly.

                                        and paint the tank flat black. must. or if you are going to go blue, do it a lighter, metallic blue.

                                          July 06, 2012, 08:16 PM #20

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                                          That's a cool seat, did that get custom made?

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                                            Originally posted by c2Baz
                                            That's a cool seat, did that get custom made?

                                            nope, ordered from oldbikebarn.com
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                                              July 06, 2012, 10:43 PM #22

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                                              new master cylinder



                                              different bars - (drag bars hit tank, dammit)

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                                                July 08, 2012, 01:12 AM #23

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                                                Quick sound clip of exhaust, 12" chambered exhaust, will be changed soon.



                                                before bars, and shot of current exhaust



                                                new bars w/seat on



                                                sitting on bike



                                                getting closer to finishing.
                                                Last Edit: July 08, 2012, 01:51 AM by Murphenur
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