1981 Honda CX500 Café Race
Professional frame - off complete restoration done by legendary shop in
The bike has 490 miles since full restoration; shown mileage on current
gauge is not original (7500mile rule in California). Bike had 10K miles
before restoration began.
The bike is flawless in a one of a kind condition. Everything works and the
bike looks and sounds amazing.
The bike was finished on 01/22/2014
• New paint
• New seat pan
• Custom upholstery
• New handle bars
• New grips
• New mirrors
• New brakes
• New custom Exhaust
• New light
• New battery
• New brake light
• New turn signals
• Custom license plate mount
• Fully rebuild shocks on 01/22/2014
• New fork seals
• New air cleaners
• Fully rebuild engine (490 miles)
• Rebuild carbs
• Bike was jetted on 01/22/2014
• All fluids new
1980 Honda CX500 Custom Cafe Racer
The Honda CX500 is a stern test of any builder's skills: although it's
cheap and readily available, it's not an attractive starting point. But
Santa Cruz-based Noah Blum took this as a challenge, and he's scored a
convincing win. His CX500 is one of the classiest garage builds we've ever
"I bought a 1980 CX500 as a beat-up pile of parts," says Noah, "with the
intention of getting it running and using it as cheap transportation. I was
itching to get into a little project, to do some tinkering and get back to
riding—even if my ride was going to be a little 'ghetto.'"
The bike was supposed to be a quick and dirty build, but one thing led to
another. "I guess the tipping point was when I found a nearly-new CBR600RR
front end for a great deal," says Noah wryly. "Suddenly the rest of the
bike seemed pretty old and crusty." A full rebuild was soon under way.
As Noah researched the CX500, he became happier about using the
oft-maligned chassis as a starting point. "I grew to appreciate the
simplicity of this awkward, once-futuristic 80s bike." He started adding
small details of his own, welding together homemade aluminum mufflers and
headlight brackets from scrap, and rolling his own footpegs. Taking
advantage of the 'droopy' rear frame, he hid every imaginable electrical
wire (and a Shorai li-ion battery) under the seat pan.
The tail unit is now two halves of a CX Custom gas tank—split and cut,
and then welded back together for a slimmer profile. Noah also fitted
Mikuni VM34 carbs, the gas tank from a CX Deluxe, and 19" and 17" D.I.D.
"I don't like the look of Honda's 'Comstar' wheels, and I wanted this bike
to have spoked rims," says Noah. Some people bolt steel flanges on to the
stock CX hub to allow spokes and a rim to be mounted, but Noah felt that
didn't look right either. "So I used a modified GL1000 rear hub mated to
the final drive. It's a fairly straightforward install, with a couple of
machined-down parts and a disc brake conversion."
Although this CX500 is a classic garage build, there's nothing amateurish
about it. The finishing is immaculate, right down to the choice of a
classic two-tone burgundy and black color scheme. "I took my time, and when
there was a task I hadn't done before—like sewing a seat, or spraying
proper paint—I picked up all the information I could, before attempting
to reach a high quality myself."
"Low and Mean" Cafe Racer 500 from 78 Honda CX500, Walk around and build,
photography by: Kaseyhuntphotography.com
This is the first Custom bike we built.
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This video displays the amount of work and attention to detail that was put
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Professional photos by: www.kaseyhuntphotography.com
CX 500 Motorumbau
Umbau eines Motors von einer CX 500 Modell 1983 in ein Modell 1979.
1978 Honda CX500 cold start + test drive
Edit: in 2013 this engine was replaced by a brand new engine. Check my
This is my 1978 Honda CX 500. After the first test run I wasn't happy with
it. So last week I replaced the stator with a new one. But it still doesn't
sound well. It starts on the left cylinder. When the engine warms up, the
right cylinder comes in. From then on it runs fine.
The Honda cx500 cafe racer
This is the result of my brothers great job rebuilding an ordinary Honda
cx500 (GL400) in to an amazing one of it's kind cafe racer style motorbike.
All the work and fabrications has been made on the the island of Corfu in
Greece , my contribution to the project is the clip on bars that i
manufactured and the photo and video that i captured during my visit in