1980 Honda CX 500
Photo Credit: Darren Hull
Occasionally, the stars align and a motorcycle shop will have a one-owner, low-km 1980 Honda CX500 waiting around for a client who wants to commission a cafe-racer in a homage to classic Honda Racing. Chief Creative Officer Brent Geisbrecht spent the next four months giving this build the proper HRC treatment.
The original, somewhat understated, Honda Racing logo was boldly re-imagined on the large stock tank, while still maintaining the red, white and blue of classic HRC.
Swapping the original Comstar wheels in favour of custom built spoke wheels proved a particular challenge and needed custom built plates to adapt to the shaft-drive style hubs.
Furthermore, the CX500 was ushered into the 21st century by replacing the stock controls with micro-button switches, bar-end signal lights, while maintaining a streamlined aesthetic with internal wiring in the bars.
Finally, the hand-laid fibreglass seat pan and tail section were capped off with a sunken tail light and the result is a compact bike that is comfortable for a variety of riders who are interested in meandering to a cafe, a pub, or the around twisting trails of the Okanagan’s wine country.