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Almost finished with it. Need to lengthen some wires, seat pad, brake light/license plate holder

















 

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Nice looking bike. I envy how close to finished you are. Please follow up with how you like it after your on the road.
 

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Nice looking bike. I envy how close to finished you are. Please follow up with how you like it after your on the road.
 

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Sorry I don't agree, but to me that bike is everything that's wrong with most chopped up "cafe Racers". Let me explain why.

Low bars and stock pegs are among the least efficient and painful ways to organize a riding position. Ergonomics are terrible and it makes teh bike less easy to ride and therefore less safe.

Rear fender is missing. Every stone and all the water and mud flings up your back and all over the motor and into the carbs. You need a front section of a fender to keep the crap out of your motor. race bikes and cafe racers from the era all used them.

Cutting off the rear end of the frame is another dumb fashion trend that does nothing for looks or functionality. For a start you need it to hang the fender rear light and plate on.

The small conical pods on the carbs make it very hard to jet that bike correctly and that will drive you nuts after a while.

The muffler was cut down and you managed to remove the section that muffles as far as I can see and will be incredibly noisy and will drive your neighbors nuts. You may have designed an inner baffle, but we can't see that, so I'll assume that the noise level is way over the legal limit. And more to the point, that exhaust will probably make less power at all revs and will not help with carburation either. probably sounds loud and "powerful" though.

Headlamp eyebrow. Don't get me started on those things. The hurt airflow and look naff IMHO.

You have got a fork brace and front fender, so full marks for that one.

It's not easy to convert a CX into a good looking cafe racer but it can be done. I'd replace the rear frame section and fender and reshape a seat to look more like say a Corbin gunfighter. That way it fills the brokeback frame look and the lines are much smoother and more continuous. I'd find a way to re-fit the stock airbox and I'd try to come up with a cleaner design for the side covers - that's always a challenge.

I can see that you have done a lot of work, including filling in the frame sides under the seat and it's a shame to undo work already done, but sometimes that's the way forward. I have removed complete rear subframes that I had built because they just weren't working the way I wanted them to. Bikes evolve and are rarely "finished" the first time around. That's usually just the first design iteration.

That's just my opinion, and you are free to do with it as you will. Fortunately, there's still time before the riding season really kicks in to take care of those details if you chose to.
 

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Sorry I don't agree, but to me that bike is everything that's wrong with most chopped up "cafe Racers". Let me explain why.

Low bars and stock pegs are among the least efficient and painful ways to organize a riding position. Ergonomics are terrible and it makes teh bike less easy to ride and therefore less safe.

Rear fender is missing. Every stone and all the water and mud flings up your back and all over the motor and into the carbs. You need a front section of a fender to keep the crap out of your motor. race bikes and cafe racers from the era all used them.

Cutting off the rear end of the frame is another dumb fashion trend that does nothing for looks or functionality. For a start you need it to hang the fender rear light and plate on.

The small conical pods on the carbs make it very hard to jet that bike correctly and that will drive you nuts after a while.

The muffler was cut down and you managed to remove the section that muffles as far as I can see and will be incredibly noisy and will drive your neighbors nuts. You may have designed an inner baffle, but we can't see that, so I'll assume that the noise level is way over the legal limit. And more to the point, that exhaust will probably make less power at all revs and will not help with carburation either. probably sounds loud and "powerful" though.

Headlamp eyebrow. Don't get me started on those things. The hurt airflow and look naff IMHO.

You have got a fork brace and front fender, so full marks for that one.

It's not easy to convert a CX into a good looking cafe racer but it can be done. I'd replace the rear frame section and fender and reshape a seat to look more like say a Corbin gunfighter. That way it fills the brokeback frame look and the lines are much smoother and more continuous. I'd find a way to re-fit the stock airbox and I'd try to come up with a cleaner design for the side covers - that's always a challenge.

I can see that you have done a lot of work, including filling in the frame sides under the seat and it's a shame to undo work already done, but sometimes that's the way forward. I have removed complete rear subframes that I had built because they just weren't working the way I wanted them to. Bikes evolve and are rarely "finished" the first time around. That's usually just the first design iteration.

That's just my opinion, and you are free to do with it as you will. Fortunately, there's still time before the riding season really kicks in to take care of those details if you chose to.
 

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Did you put the structural member back that you cut off to poorly mount the seat?
Personal thing but I HATE those mini gauges, they are about as junky as the shitty pods you bought

Looks like you lowered the front? bad idea
 

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Did you put the structural member back that you cut off to poorly mount the seat?
Personal thing but I HATE those mini gauges, they are about as junky as the shitty pods you bought

Looks like you lowered the front? bad idea
 

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A long time lurker that missed key points in builds? Come on, bub.
Just Teazer above pretty much covered it.

You can fix it though.
 

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A long time lurker that missed key points in builds? Come on, bub.
Just Teazer above pretty much covered it.

You can fix it though.
 

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I guess I forgot to wear my fire suit. The rear section was/is reinforced with three braces replacing only the two that where there. I do plan to add a secion of a fender. triple by pass is done. the pods are k&n so...yeah. the jetting was no issue it runs well on 90/120 jets not lean not rich. The exhaust has a bit of a baffle in it and isn't that loud plus I got some sound deadening matterial in that. The mini gauges whre used to replace the broken factory ones. I agree the seat is too wide. the front is a touch lower and rebuilt with progressive springs.
 

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I guess I forgot to wear my fire suit. The rear section was/is reinforced with three braces replacing only the two that where there. I do plan to add a secion of a fender. triple by pass is done. the pods are k&n so...yeah. the jetting was no issue it runs well on 90/120 jets not lean not rich. The exhaust has a bit of a baffle in it and isn't that loud plus I got some sound deadening matterial in that. The mini gauges whre used to replace the broken factory ones. I agree the seat is too wide. the front is a touch lower and rebuilt with progressive springs.
 

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if you were a long time lurker you knew this was coming. anyway - it isn't a bad start. I have no love for the CX but as long as the triple bypass is done you are good to run the motor for another 30k.

I always say if you are gonna build a cx500 this is what you should be striving for:

 

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if you were a long time lurker you knew this was coming. anyway - it isn't a bad start. I have no love for the CX but as long as the triple bypass is done you are good to run the motor for another 30k.

I always say if you are gonna build a cx500 this is what you should be striving for:

 

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of all bikes to add rearsets to, i can't imagine an easier fit than that. it's begging for them. you don't even need linkages for the shifter!
 

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of all bikes to add rearsets to, i can't imagine an easier fit than that. it's begging for them. you don't even need linkages for the shifter!
 

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Yep - full marks for the fork brace. It will come in handy when the forks bottom out on your first emergency stop.
 

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Yep - full marks for the fork brace. It will come in handy when the forks bottom out on your first emergency stop.
 
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