1972 Honda CB500

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I wanted to build a cafe racer in the old school fashion, similar to the the race bikes of the sixties and seventies.

What motivated you to start your project?

This bike was immersed in a salt water flood in 1989.  It sat in a shed for about 25 years.  I brought it home and realized restoration to original would be next to impossible so I decided to build a cafe racer.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

The front fork and front wheel are from an early 70’s Suzuki GT750 (Water Buffalo).  I liked the idea of a 4 leading shoe drum brake rather than the original single disc brake.  Modifications were required to the wheel and forks as I used the Honda triple clamps which are narrower than the Suzuki’s.

What are you most proud of?

The overall stance and ridability and performance.  The engine has been modified extensively and now displaces 572 c.c.  It has a Web Cam, Wiseco 10:1 pistons, smooth bore carbs, Hindle exhaust etc.  It runs and handles quite well and is ridden regularly.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

What year is it?  Great job!  Love the color.  COOOOOL!

 

One Comment

  • Michael says:

    You did a fine job creating a thing of beauty from something that had been submerged in salt water. Since I do some custom work of my own, I know that modifying parts can be challenging. It can be like piecing a puzzle together.

    Great job in capturing the Cafe Racer spirit. It’s a ride to be proud of.

     

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  • Michael says:

    You did a fine job creating a thing of beauty from something that had been submerged in salt water. Since I do some custom work of my own, I know that modifying parts can be challenging. It can be like piecing a puzzle together.

    Great job in capturing the Cafe Racer spirit. It’s a ride to be proud of.

     

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