CB500 revived and cafe’d

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Apart from selling  parts and accessories Old Skool Trading also deals in 2nd hand motorcycles. I found this neglected Honda CB500 in Uitenhage PE. The massive modified Moto Guzzi twin leading front wheel, bored our jets(methanol) suggests and a couple of other period correct racing mods suggests that this Honda spent a fair amount of time going around the track. Where it retired standing in a damp warehouse for years forgotten and rusting away.

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I loaded the Honda and brought it up to Pretoria where I would find the right buyer to breath a 2nd life back into her. After advertising for a couple of weeks, a interested lady came to to look at the Honda. I asked her what her plans was and who would be building this for her? She said that she had no idea and that she use to race a 450 Honda in her younger days back in the U.S.
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At that stage my current project was standing due to shortage in funds. Itching to build another custom motorcycle, I offered to build this one labour free. Perries motorcycles in Pretoria helped us to fire her up, all it needed was an engine flush, oil change and carb rebuild. Without a puff of smoke or misfire this is an testament to Honda’s engineering.
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I tried to save as many of the original parts as possible, the ones that we could not save was replaced, updated and simplified. LED bar-end indicators, new switches and modern Acewell digital speedometer were some of the updates.
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Kyle from The Workshop helped out with seat and his father Garth with the paintwork. The hubs was polished and rims powder-coated white finished off with new tires. Each bearing, brake lining, cable and wearing part replaced. New lighting, handlebars, controls and exhaust megaphones. Old headers wrapped in white header tape.
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Most of the original parts polished, replated, painted and powder-coated. Some traces suggesting this Honda CB500 four had a rough life remains. Back on the road, saved and bringing joy to the new owner, it was worth all in the end!
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2 Responses to CB500 revived and cafe’d

  1. Norbert 10/12/2016 at 8:26 am #

    Two thumbs up Marnitz !! Looks fantastic.

    • retrowriteup 10/12/2016 at 7:58 pm #

      thanks Norbert

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