Get a Look at This Incredibly Tidy Custom Honda CX500

For those who have had their bike stolen, there’s a whole range of emotions you might feel. Obviously, a lot depends on how much you liked the bike in question, as well as how much work you were able to put into it. A few years ago, Harry Bike Shed Motorcycle Club’s custom Honda CB550 was nipped. It sucked, sure, but it also paved the way for him to build something new. He now has this beautiful custom CX500 cafe racer, built by British custom shop Jackson Motorcycles.

Harry came up with a few design ideas himself, which clearly indicated a narrow, minimalist and decidedly clean look for his dream bike. Somewhere along the way he decided a CX500 was the way to go. In the UK they are known as a common choice for couriers – reliable workhorses, commuter type bikes they used to be. According to the story, he and Jackson then bought a pair of CX500s that had been sitting around for a while and cost about the price of one. If you have the space to store them, pulling parts from two bikes to get a good bike is great because you can also end up with a bunch of spares if needed. Pleasant!

The engine has been cleaned, overhauled and all appropriate wear items replaced, but other than that it has not been mechanically modified. Instead, the bulk of the work has gone into physical transformation, line tidying up, and especially cleaning up that area under the busy tail. The original CX featured a twin rear shock setup, but Harry’s bike now has a nice little single shock sourced from a Yamaha R3, giving the kind of clean, uncluttered space that would probably make your heart sing. by Marie Kondo.

Up front, Jackson and Harry opted to give the bike a slightly meaner stance. The 50mm fork from a GSX-R750, with a Tokico dual-disc front brake setup and a pair of 320mm discs, went on it. The dashboard features an integrated Motogadget gauge with LEDs, which maintains the minimalist look while looking distinctly futuristic at the same time. Integrated Rizoma bar end lights and a tidy LED strip of a rear brake light/indicator unit keep the theme consistent throughout.

The fuel tank and saddle took a lot of tweaking to work well, but Jackson kept going until both were where they needed to be. The battery hides under the hump at the back of the saddle, with the aim of keeping the overall look so fresh and clean. Brushed knee cutouts and a bit of tinkering with a Subaru paint hue topped with a custom welded Monza fuel cap complete the tank aesthetic.

There are a lot more fine details that Harry and Jackson get into, so be sure to check out this video. If you’ll be at the Bike Shed London Show in 2022, it should be on display there, so you might see it in person very soon.

Wiley C. Thompson