CX500 Adventure!

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by ChopperCharles, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    This is probably like nothing you've seen before. This is my project bike... started out as a 1978 CX500 Standard. I've added a 1995 GSXR750 front end (forks, lower tree, wheel, rotors), 1998 calipers (6 piston), Hayabusa top tree, a GL650 motor, Hayabusa rear shock with GL500 swingarm, CX+GL drive shafts grafted together, GL1100 17" rear rim and spokes bolted to a CX500 hub, 75/25 Shinko tubeless dual sport tires, Acerbis front fender, custom hugger (made out of the gsxr750 front fender), all the electronics tucked under the seat, custom headlight, GL500 gauges, custom 2-into-2 high pipes with supertrapp knockoff mufflers, and just a shitton of modifications. What do you guys think?

    cx_scrambler2.jpg

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  2. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    Note, this is a work in progress, I've almost finished the mechanics, once that's done I'll paint and work on fit and finish.

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  3. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    Hrm, I forgot I created a thread about this bike a while back. How do I delete this post? (Or merge it into the other thread?)

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  4. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    I am getting lazy, where is the other thread?
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  5. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    ?

    If you were going for the ADV type bike , why not a dirt bike front end ?
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  6. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    I was originally going for a street fighter, but things kind of evolved and this is what I ended up with. I might go with sportbike tires next, but I just love these tires. They handle very well, and the bike is just a blast to ride. I never really ride on more than washboard dirt roads, so the bike might be a little poseur, but I don't care. It looks really cool and it's really fun to ride. Took it for a shakedown cruise today and had an absolute blast!

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  7. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Cool.

    It kinda looks likes a Z50 .

    With everything painted to match , it will look killer.
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  8. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Ha, it does, that's the style you go for! CX 650 Maxi-Trail! :lol3
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  9. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    It's a terrible bike. But I will be nice and take it off your hands so that you won't suffer. :deal (can you tell I like CX's?)

    Seriously, I'd love to see it in person--I'm in Raleighwood so I'm local to you.

    I've always been fond of the CX bikes. You going to have it done in time for Ton Up?
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  10. mike25

    mike25 Been here awhile

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    Seat needs work, otherwise I dig it.
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  11. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    I like the stock seat, I'm trying to keep the bike looking vintage! I'd love to show the bike off once it's done. I have no idea what the Ton Up is, I'm just trying to get it done before labor day so I can ride it to the beach. :)

    I guess this bike isn't really an adventure bike, so much as a survival bike. Doesn't matter, I love it!

    Charles.
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  12. Rhino-1

    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    I think it's cool! Throw an RM front end on there, fab up a skid plate, and it would be a killer Maxi-Trail! lol!
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  13. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    I came to post an update, and saw that my original photo link was broken. So I fixed that, and I'm posting a new pic now as well. I replaced the high fender with a low fender (eBay fender for a W650, plasti-dipped black), and went wire wheels all around. The front is a Warp-9 rim laced to a cognito-moto hub (made for a 94 GSXR750) with eBay Chinese wave rotors and EBC kevlar pads. The rear wheel is currently a Harley 17x4.5 rim laced to some moto-synthesis adapter rings, which are bolted to the CX500 rear hub (after the Comstar was disassembled). I've re-done the suspension linkage and raised the rear end just a little bit more as well. I'm thinking it's more scrambler than adventure at this point, so I'm calling it my "650 Street Scrambler". What do you think? I know the pic isn't as nice as the first one, since it's just taken with my ancient iPhone, but I think the changes are for the better. What do you all think? :)


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  14. fast1075

    fast1075 Fasterizer

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    Needs a turbo!!!
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  15. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    Methinks not :)

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  16. duckman

    duckman co conspirator

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    spokes with black rims are cool
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  17. layzrider

    layzrider Layzrider

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    Very nice. I think a bike like this shows the owner's personality. A stock bike really doesn't do this. I like your tasteful use of color to highlight different parts. Easy to suggest changes harder to pull them off
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  18. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Nice, expertly built. Simple too. Good bike. Now go enjoy it.
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  19. Dino de Laurentiis

    Dino de Laurentiis Working on it

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    Nice work, mate! Gold on black always works, doesn't it? So much nicer with the wire wheels and low fender, compared to the first pic! My only suggestion would be to lose the hump on the seat, makes the bike look a bit unfinished.
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  20. gkam

    gkam Adventurer

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    Nice bike. Better with the spoked rims.
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