Honda CX500 GTS Cafe Racer by Sacha Lakic - MotoMatter
Honda CX500 GTS Cafe Racer by Sacha Lakic

Huh, we clearly see a Honda CX500 Cafe Racer overhere. But a GTS? Well, the letters stand for Georges + Thierry + Sacha.

To start off a good project, all you need sometimes is a bit of passion and a few cold beers…


My friends at Garage Georges in Luxembourg had a good old CX500 from 1982 standing in one corner of their garage, and some spare special parts scattered on the shelves in the other.


For my part, I have always been a great fan of the motor of this machine, a magnificent 80° bi-cylinder V engine full of character and very aesthetic, that I have tried to highlight further by adding an Y-shaped exhaust manifold.

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The other original and very successful piece is the tank. The design is quite modern and well proportioned, I have simply made it more dynamic by shifting the position forward some 10 degrees.

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For the rest, I have applied the same recipe as for the Voxan Black Magic that I designed in 2004. The colour codes are quite similar with a dominant matt black, a touch of red and aluminium.
The overall design is minimalist and serves just one thing, to draw attention to the motor.

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Sacha Lakic, Luxembourg December 2014
More info on their bike can be found here on their FB page.

The specs of the awesome Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Version : Honda CX500C
Year : 1980

Rebuilt original engine
Carburation, the air cleaner has been replaced by an air horn
Water cooler from CBR 125
An electric fan has replaced the permanent fan

Rear shock absorber Ölhins from Ducati 851
Fork by Marzocchi RAD50

Front and rear
Nissin, with Rizoma fluid tank

The original two rear shock absorbers have been replaced by mono shock absorber
The rear heavy hoop have been removed and replaced by a smaller one (single seat)
Reinforcement of the swingarm

CBR 1000 with a customised adaptation

Dunlop Sportmax Mutant, at front 120-70-17, at rear 160–60-17

Of the brand Exel
Specific hubs front and rear (custom built)
Front rim 3,5 thumbs
Rear rim 4,5 thumbs

Custom built

Honda version CX500, slightly shifted forward

Custom built


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