Earlier this year John also submitted a custom CX500 and he seemed to get the hang of it by submitting another one. Words by John:

I found this bike for sale in the inner city, where it seems to be in good shape but it had the usual hacked up additions like new led turn signals and a skull rear tail light and matching skull rear view mirrors. Overall the bike looked great for it’s age and I was excited that it was the first year of the CX (1978) so I had to have it. After re-wiring and flushing and cleaning the fuel system I had her running like new again, with only 18K miles this bike still has allot of life and barely broke in. Once I knew the motor was strong and all the electrical and charing systems was working properly, I started the transformation. The bike was stripped down to just the frame and engine, stripped, cleaned, repainted and polished. The engine case covers, tank and fender were sent out for a professional stripping and two color powder coat in gloss black and orange. Many new parts were added to the bike including the custom aluminum subframe (seat bracket) and mono shock conversion, making this bike sit firm and strong. The carbs were also cleaned and fitted with new jets for better performance with the newly added 2;1 exhaust and UNI pod filters, this bike not only looks and sounds great but turns many heads as it rolls through town.

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By Published On: November 7, 2018Categories: Cafe Racer4 Comments on Honda CX500 by John Thompson (2)Tags: , 1.6 min readViews: 820

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

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  1. elusion April 3, 2019 at 5:32 am - Reply

    did u guys sell complete set for Honda CX500 by John Thompson ? if do may i know how much ?

  2. Di5c0rD May 3, 2019 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I am planning to build a cafe racer from a Triumph Legend TT 900 ’99 which has a similar frame if the back frame is stripped. We had some nice vintage bikes Csepel 250 two stroke built with a similar seat. I wanted to add that seat to look like this Honda. I am so glad i found this post! One more alternative to think about. May i ask you to note the builder to contact me? I would like to have some close ups of that seat frame.

  3. Sylvain December 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hi All,
    1- Curious on the CX 500 rear spring rating when going to a single shock set up.

    2- What brand shocks were used from the various builders

    Thank you
    S

    • Ron Betist December 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Sylvian,
      Unfortunately we do not have that information.
      why don’t you try to contact the builder?
      He might be able to assist you.

      Cheers!

      Ron

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Earlier this year John also submitted a custom CX500 and he seemed to get the hang of it by submitting another one. Words by John:

I found this bike for sale in the inner city, where it seems to be in good shape but it had the usual hacked up additions like new led turn signals and a skull rear tail light and matching skull rear view mirrors. Overall the bike looked great for it’s age and I was excited that it was the first year of the CX (1978) so I had to have it. After re-wiring and flushing and cleaning the fuel system I had her running like new again, with only 18K miles this bike still has allot of life and barely broke in. Once I knew the motor was strong and all the electrical and charing systems was working properly, I started the transformation. The bike was stripped down to just the frame and engine, stripped, cleaned, repainted and polished. The engine case covers, tank and fender were sent out for a professional stripping and two color powder coat in gloss black and orange. Many new parts were added to the bike including the custom aluminum subframe (seat bracket) and mono shock conversion, making this bike sit firm and strong. The carbs were also cleaned and fitted with new jets for better performance with the newly added 2;1 exhaust and UNI pod filters, this bike not only looks and sounds great but turns many heads as it rolls through town.

CX500 Custom (7) CX500 Custom (6) CX500 Custom (5) CX500 Custom (4) CX500 Custom (3)

By Published On: November 7, 2018Categories: Cafe Racer4 Comments on Honda CX500 by John Thompson (2)Tags: , 1.6 min readViews: 820

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About the Author: Ron Betist

Ron Betist grew up with motorcycles with a father heading the Amsterdam motorcycle police force. He has been riding (legally) for over 40 years and motorcycles are his true passion. With a life-long career in marketing and sales he has a huge international network. He joined as a contributor at BikeBrewers in 2017 to spread his word about bikes with the rest of the world.

4 Comments

  1. elusion April 3, 2019 at 5:32 am - Reply

    did u guys sell complete set for Honda CX500 by John Thompson ? if do may i know how much ?

  2. Di5c0rD May 3, 2019 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I am planning to build a cafe racer from a Triumph Legend TT 900 ’99 which has a similar frame if the back frame is stripped. We had some nice vintage bikes Csepel 250 two stroke built with a similar seat. I wanted to add that seat to look like this Honda. I am so glad i found this post! One more alternative to think about. May i ask you to note the builder to contact me? I would like to have some close ups of that seat frame.

  3. Sylvain December 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hi All,
    1- Curious on the CX 500 rear spring rating when going to a single shock set up.

    2- What brand shocks were used from the various builders

    Thank you
    S

    • Ron Betist December 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Sylvian,
      Unfortunately we do not have that information.
      why don’t you try to contact the builder?
      He might be able to assist you.

      Cheers!

      Ron

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