1979 Honda CX500 Custom

$15,000

Description

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Additional photos of this custom Honda CX500 are available here for your perusal. We also have a separate album of the build process here.

Named “Obersten Regal” (German for “Top Shelf”), this CX500 was built by Chris Kent from Smith Brothers Classic Cycles & Customs out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Top Shelf” refers to the incredible list of components, starting with a full motor rebuild which included new pistons, rings, and rod bearings sourced from CMS in the Netherlands. The cylinders were bored out .025 over and it has upgraded heads and a complete Athena gasket kit.

Outside of the motor, this Honda has:
Rebuilt front end from a 2012 Yamaha R6 with Suzuki GSX-R rotors and Warp 9 custom wheels.

Custom Penske Racing 8975 in-line double adjustable shock, Speedmoto carbs, CNC’d velocity stacks, K&N pod intake filters.

Street tracker bars, Tomaselli grips, Rizoma brake fluid reservoir, and ASV levers. There’s also a full Motogadget electronic system with a Speedhut GPS-drive speedometer.


Paint by Scott Takes.

The new motor is claimed to put out 20 more horsepower than stock so the clutch plates and springs were replaced as well. For more information on the build, check out this story on Pipeburn or The Bullitt. The cost of the donor bike, parts, and paint was $25,070.

Abhi had the pleasure of seeing this bike up close and personal at the 2018 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas, where it was one of the invited bikes.

The seller acquired this bike (VIN: PC012007839) here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in October of 2020. The previous owner had it for approximately 2 years ago after buying it directly from the builder. Total mileage since the conversion is less than 1,000, and the bike has a total of 4,581 since new.

In November of 2020, the seller had us give the bike a once-over: we installed a new dual outlet petcock, new fuel lines, welded a crack in the exhaust, repaired the front brake harness, installed a horn switch and made a harness for it, installed a new rear brake switch, and installed new rotors on the front wheel.

The seller and this bike were given a 2-page spread in a recent issue of a Japanese motorcycle magazine – note how they compare this to the original on the right page.

Cosmetic Blemishes:

Inside of the tank:

There are no mechanical issues, though as noted in the previous listing this bike is cold-blooded “so while it starts on first crank, it does take a bit of choke manipulation until she warms up a bit before she will not stall at idle as it is a carbureted bike.”

It is riding on Shinko tires from 2017.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California, this Honda is offered on a clean California title with registration current through October 2022.

Have any CX stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Please Note: In response to customer requests, we are implementing an automatic bid bump: if your proxy bid meets or exceeds the reserve price, bidding will jump up to meet that price and you will see “Reserve price has been met” under the price. Please contact abhi@iconicmotorbikes.com if you have any questions!

Additional Information

Location

Santa Monica, California

Year

1979

Make

Honda

Model

CX500

Mileage

4,581

Title

Clean

Title State/Country

California

VIN

PC012007839

Additional Charges

No

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

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