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Clorox's 1981 Honda CX500c

I figured I'd start a thread to document my progress on my recently purchased 1981 Honda CX500 custom. Purchased it several weeks ago and going to let me buddy learn on it while I have the engine guards on. Once he get's into it a bit, I'm going to start ripping it down. My goal is to get it to the below picture.

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That's a neat bike. I like the direction you are planning to go with it.

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Perfect, we need more of these project threads to give ideas and motivation...

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I like the direction you are planning to go with it.
+1, that finished product is a beaut

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Well... that didn't take long.

Joined a CX forum and found some new shocks and some pod filters. I am wanting to remove the air box.
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Hey, a 919 front end would be a step up for that thing, the circle of life continues


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Hey, a 919 front end would be a step up for that thing, the circle of life continues
All the more reason to upgrade to an RC51 front end on your 9er.
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Ive wanted a CX as a project bike for a few years, now! The finished example looks great!
But, I saddled myself with an 81 Goldwing project instead, and have mostly stalled out on it. The GF really likes the "road-sofa" seat, and it will be hard to overrule that to turn it into the Cafe bike I wanted it to be.

Clorox, how much did you pay for your CX? Folks around here in CO seem mighty proud of their old CX's...


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Well... that didn't take long.

Joined a CX forum and found some new shocks and some pod filters. I am wanting to remove the air box.
Man, you need to shitcan those Emgo pods. The only reason you bought them is because they are cheap. They are crap. Buy some Uni's or K&N's. You'll never get it to run like it should with the Emgo's.

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I figured I'd start a thread to document my progress on my recently purchased 1981 Honda CX500 custom. Purchased it several weeks ago and going to let me buddy learn on it while I have the engine guards on. Once he get's into it a bit, I'm going to start ripping it down. My goal is to get it to the below picture.

Wish me luck!




This is the exact cafe pic I have on my phone and PC as a background. I sold my 1980 cx500c two years ago. It was mostly stock. Looking for another one to cafe out. I have seen quite a few cx500's turned into cafe racers. Some good, some just garbage. I'm eager to see how your project progresses. What CX forum did you hook up with?

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More CX500 Cafe's to drool over

Here are a few more well done cx500's to draw upon for inspiration
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Here are a few more well done cx500's to draw upon for inspiration
I really like that white one

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Well.. it's definitely been awhile since I've done anything to the CX since I've gotten it. Had some nice weather this weekend and got re-motivated to work on the bike again.

1. Put clip ons on the bike.
2. Valve check and painted headcovers
3. Painted both wheels
4. Changed rear shocks
5. Added fork gaitors, they still need to get adjusted
6. Painted headlight ring

Need to drill out the healight bracket as they don't currently fit.

Will also have to rig up a way to run the speedo as the clip-ons get in the way.






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Looking good! I like the brown seat.

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As it sits today...still a lot more work to do.
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Looking good

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coming together nicely!!!

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