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    Senior Member ChopperCharles's Avatar
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    So, I've been working on this bike off and on for years. Finally got a bug up my arse to finish it early this year (almost last year now), and 8 months later, it's done.



    The donor bike is a 1979 CX500. I've got an 83 GL650 motor wedged into the frame, GSXR-750 front forks, wheel, and brakes, an 81 NOS tank, and the kicker: I lobbed off the stock dual shocks and mounted a swingarm from a GL500, along with a shock from a Hayabusa. I raised the bike 2" front and rear, and slapped some Shinko dual sport tires on it along with a high fender. (Couldn't figure any other easy way to mount a fender to the USD forks, and a high fender begs for dirt tires). Rear wheel is the inner hub from a CX500 bolted to the outer rim of a GL1000, to give me a 17" rear. Exhaust is completely one-off, made of mandrel-bent tubing sections welded together.



    All in all, I've got *maybe* $2000 into the build, and most of that is the front suspension and the custom Mikuni carbs. I did all of the welding myself. There's not one ounce of billet on this thing either, it's very much a vintage bike with modern suspension, in the true cafe sense. The bike is not really capable of more than gravel roads, the travel is too short and the suspension is too stiff to be a serious off-road machine. But then, my original design was for a cafe bike, the scrambler thing just sort of evolved as I worked on it.



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    I can't open the link.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Try now.



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    Sweet! I'd love to give that a try on a twisty road.
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    NiCe! How does it handle?
    Regards...Wes
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    that's beautiful!

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    WOW! That is so cool looking!
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

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    sweet build!
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    Suspension is a bit stiff, but it handles very well. the bike is heavier than a GSXR, but because there's more rake the front suspension is actually stiffer than it would be on the lighter GSXR. Rear suspension is stiff too, but with the SV650 shock on the bike it was wallowing and squishy. Right now, it's just about perfectly dialed in for twisty mountain roads. (Of which there are none around here) Pot-holed and irregular surface roads (Like where trucks stopping have caused wavy pavement) are a bit harsh, but I think less harsh than my V65 with lowered suspension and Progressive shocks.



    Overall... it's a freaking blast. Very quick turn-in, it holds a line nicely, and yet doesn't feel twitchy. Compared to a stock CX500... there's really no comparison. It handles better in every conceivable way. Although, coming from a stock CX you might think it's *too* responsive, when compared to a modern sportbike (or even a not-so-modern sportbike), it's quite solidly planted.



    This is my keeper, I will not be selling it



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    Wow! That is one nice looking bike. I love builds that involve parts from several different bikes!!!



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