[:es]Bonita Honda CX500 Cafe Racer[:en]Honda CX500 Cafe Racer[:]Ricardo Castellanos
[:es]Este es el modelo de 1982 de la Honda CX500 transformado por Sacha.
El juego de ruedas es igualmente especial: llantas Excel de 17″ con cubiertas Dunlop Sportmax diseñados para su uso supermotard. Los frenos van con pinzas Nissin, con un depósito de Rizoma encima de la tapa. El motor ha sido reconstruido también, y se ha añadido un radiador de una CBR125.
La cabina ha sido recortada se le ha añadido un pequeño faro y el velocímetro.
[:en]This ’82-model CX500 was found by Sacha at George’s Garage—a shop owned by friends. It was standing in one corner of the garage, with an assortment of parts scattered on a shelf in another.
“I have always been a great fan of the motor of this machine,” he says, “a magnificent 80-degree V-twin, full of character.” From the onset, he decided to keep the bike’s overall design as sleek and minimalistic as possible in order to draw attention to the engine.
The swingarm’s been reinforced, and the shock itself is an Öhlins unit lifted from a Ducati 851. It’s matched to a set of adjustable Marzocchi RAC forks up front—their beefy 50mm stanchions held in place by custom triple trees. There’s a hand-made fender mounted to it as well.
The wheelset is equally special: 17” Excel rims laced to one-off hubs. They’re kitted with Dunlop Sportmax Mutants—tires designed for supermotard use. Braking is handled by Nissin calipers, with a Rizoma reservoir up top. The engine’s been rebuilt too, and a CBR125 radiator plumbed in.
To match this CX500’s sporty lines, clip-ons and rear-sets have been fitted—the latter adapted from a CBR1000. And the cockpit has been trimmed down with a smaller headlight, speedo and tacho.
Sacha’s finished his CX500 in a simple matte black, red and aluminum livery, similar to the colors of the Voxan Black Magic he designed ten years ago. (We love how all the engine fins have been polished for a contrast effect.) The bike now tips the scales at a mere 125kg.[:]