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Old 08-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Wicked ::: PROJECT : Honda CX650 Café Racer in Vietnam

Yeah, it is, as the thread title. A Cafe racer version of CX 650 to be built in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
First, I have to say that the modification is not done by myself as I don't have a big enough workshop.
A motorcycle workshop helps me to do the physical works.
This would be not a everyday update thread, so, let's take it easy by starting with a Vietnamese coffee

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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Where the bike from?

Feb 2012, after some calls to a guy in Westminster California, I have decided to take his 1983 Honda CX650 back to Vietnam for a Café project.
I gotta do that because there are very few of Honda CX here. I have heard about some GL400, I have seen only two CX400 by my eyes and never seen a single CX650.

This photo was taken by the seller in Feb 2012:


Due to some unforeseen reasons, the bike was delivered to me in Ho Chi Minh City in July 2012. Damn slow US boat .
First met the bike, let's take a round view:









10xxx miles on the clock:


I have ridden the bike for about 5km and feel really great. After some months but just two three time press the Ignition button, it starts.
Really smooth and powerful bike. Much better than what I though.

During the waiting time to the boat to arrive, I have also bought a set of front forks from a US friend in Maryland:


Right, by air is faster by boat! The upside down front forks arrive much earlier than the bike.

I have also been walking around the forums to find the ideas for my project.
Found this thread in ADV with lots of very good advices from Sparkymoto. Thank you very much Sparkymoto, now I can start with the monoshock.

I have put up the bike and my ideas to see how the thing would look like afterward:



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Old 08-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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Now this is a fun looking project! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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Hope you can throw in a photo of one of those lovely girls in the build! Best of luck with the project!
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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Viethorse you sure are have a lot of free time...........................
Will have to check her out when it done
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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Best of luck with your new project Mr. Horse! The CX line has a good reputation for torquiness and reliability. Two things (that for me, anyway) lead to a satisfying ownership experience.

The rear suspension ideas are interesting, but I believe you will be contending with the "dip" in the rear subframe (there to lower the seat and look "cool") that is not shown in the "original" depiction.

Looking forward to seeing your progress, especially some pictures with some of your friends, as Mista Vern says.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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Thank you guys for following my project. Will update regularly if I have time to come over the shop.

@Scubalong: Welcome to ADV. Great to see you around this awesome community.
@Mista Vern: Thanks and I don't know if this CX has enough attraction to beautiful girls.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #8
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Best of luck with your new project Mr. Horse! The CX line has a good reputation for torquiness and reliability. Two things (that for me, anyway) lead to a satisfying ownership experience.

The rear suspension ideas are interesting, but I believe you will be contending with the "dip" in the rear subframe (there to lower the seat and look "cool") that is not shown in the "original" depiction.

Looking forward to seeing your progress, especially some pictures with some of your friends, as Mista Vern says.
Thanks.
Almost of the bikes I have owned they all are equipped with rear monoshock. Just because of I love the monoshock set up and really would like to make it to this CX.
One of the very good reference is the Airhead modification of Sparkmoto:


He has given me lots of informative consultant with photos, links and his experiences while making this.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #9
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Hey VietHorse! Looks like you're in deep with this project.

Glad to be of inspiration but it looks like you're heading into a great direction of your own. The CX is a NEAT platform to work with. I'll be keeping up with this build for sure. Subscribed!
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:01 AM   #10
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Hey VietHorse! Looks like you're in deep with this project.

Glad to be of inspiration but it looks like you're heading into a great direction of your own. The CX is a NEAT platform to work with. I'll be keeping up with this build for sure. Subscribed!
Haha.... toooooo deep now. You know how long from first time I asked you about your project!? Too long time for me to be deepened in to this dirty thing. Hahah....

Thanks for your subscription. It's free for you!! .
The bad thing is that I can not do all the modification myself as I am living in an apartment and don't have facility to get my hand dirty.
The good thing is that I can control all the modification, repair or anything related to the bike thru weekly visiting, discussion via phone and emails daily.
The other good thing is that the mechanics there, they know what they are working on.

Well, back to the bike - OEM front forks have been laid down, and replaced by Upside down front forks.



See the different from the original???
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:44 PM   #11
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Bike close up

A quick visit and discussion with the shop in the morning.

Weather was so good for anything related to motorcycle:


First time ever I can use my camera for some close-up look to my bike - who was born in 1983:


She has not so small heart:






Her name:


5 gears:


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Old 08-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #12
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I am trying to find the best suitable headlight and the speedometer. You have any idea to throw in?

How about this headlight?


How about this LCD speedometer tachometer?
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:17 PM   #13
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #15
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Thank you guys for your patient.
Not much movement upon today.

There are couple of things to think about:
1. Headlight - Not a classic one, a bit modern, not too big.
2. Speedometer - Compact, simple.
3. Rear seat - Can ride 2-up, but still prefer the racer hump when riding alone - with removable seat hump.
4. Foot pegs - Sport type, CNC or something similar.
5. etc...

Well, that 's too much...
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