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Honda CX500 Cafe Racer by Gavin Clarke

Wow, this must be one of the most beautiful Honda CX500 Cafe Racer bikes we’ ve even seen!
This Cafe Racer is built by the British Gavin Clarke and ooh boy, what a nice job he did!

It all started out with a standard Honda CX500 Deluxe from 1981. Something “sporty” and “goodlooking” as this:

Honda-CX500-1981
Gavin stripped and rebuild the engine (which he left standard), cleaned the carbs and tuned it by adding some K & N’s.

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He widened the frame by 2” to take Honda NTV650 single sided swing arm and rear wheel, rear shock is a pull type from Buell Lighting.

A the from we have some Ducati Monster upside down forks running on a NTV front wheel, single GSXR750 6 pot calliper. GSXR clip-ons. Bandit clocks.

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Gavin made a CX500 custom tank to sit lower with air craft filler. He also handmade the aluminium seat unit.

The seat pipes are made of stainless steel and are finished with heat wrap.
The paint is Toffee white with black stripes and the Honda wings

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Want to hear it run ? No problem, you can here

Another noisy one in the garage 🙂

Thinking about building your own Honda CX500 Cafe Racer?
Take a look at some more inspiring Honda CX500 examples!

The Honda CX series motorcycles, including the GL500 and GL650 variants, were developed and released by Honda in the late 1970s, with production ending in most markets by the mid 1980s. The design included innovative features and technologies that were uncommon or unused at the time such as liquid cooling, electric-only starting, low-maintenance shaft drive, modular wheels, and dual CV-type carburetors that were tuned for reduced emissions. The electronic ignition system was separated from the rest of the electrical system, enabling the motorcycle to be push-started and ridden in case of a total electrical system failure.

Read more on the Honda CX history here

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