When the time comes to build a Honda CX500 everyone seems to miss the stance on these bikes and they turn out more like a chopper then a café racer. That is what caught my attention with this bike. On this 1979 CX500 Josh Mott paid close attention to the stance of this bike. Everything on this bike matched that stance and looked great. This bike was built in Boise Idaho where Josh Mott owns a shop with his family called JMR Customs.
Since Josh first noticed the CX500 he always wanted to build one and add his own twist on it. With this bike in mind he started off by making a local listing to see if anyone had a cx500 that he could pick up. Shortly after Josh had himself a junker bike. When Josh got the bike back to the shop he wanted to make sure that the bike had the basics. So he checked for compression and spark. Thankfully the bike had both. So Josh knew that cleaning the carbs will do the trick. So he then started taking the bike apart to the frame. From there it was simple.
Once the bike was stripped down to the frame. Josh was able to clean it up and remove any unwanted or no longer needed brackets.With the frame complete and the motor looking good they started assembling the bike. Josh decided to start working on the rear fender to start giving the bike some lines. So he took three sheets of metal and started forming them into what is now the rear fender.
With the fender done he now started working on the seat Josh decided to try and use fiber glass. This was the first time Josh would be working with these materials. So started molding the seat. With the seat pan finished Josh was surprised himself with the result of the seat. He then took the pan down to an upholstery shop and had them stick him up a leather seat.
Working from the rear of the bike to the front. The exhaust was next in line .They already had an idea of creating a 2 into 1 exhaust that would run out the back under the rear fender. Most people run these exhaust on the bottom of the bike. But Josh wanted to run them on top. And I would say that it looks good and it gives the bike an interesting flow. It almost looks like a nike swoosh. But in order to be able to make an exhaust like this there where some things they needed to figure out first.
Since the bikes original wire harness was right in the way of the new exhaust plan. They had to figure out a way to relocate the wiring to another location. What they ended up doing was creating a custom box at the bottom of the motor and hiding the battery with all of the wiring in there. The rest of the wires where hidden alongside the frame.
This also gave the bike a different feel. Now with the stock forks the bike still had a chopper look. Josh found out that the Cl360 triple clamps fit right onto this bike and they are a bit shorter. With the triple clamp installed Josh noticed that the bike still needed to be brought down in the front. He then raised up the rear one inch and cut of an inch from the front forks. This finally gave the bike the stance that Josh was looking for.
For the rims Josh also had an idea to create holes in the rims that would accent the whitewall tires. To get those accent holes he pre drilled the holes before sending the rims down to get powder coated. Once the rims came back from powder coating he took them and used his own home made tool to accent the holes. This was a risky move because it might have not looked good. But with the bike all done this really gives the rims a sense of uniqueness and works with the bike.
When the time came to paint the bike this was also Josh’s first time. Josh and his dad made a paint booth at home and took care of painting. The paint job turned out great. They decided to go with a two colors for the bike. They had the blue with white accent. The colors just work with the bike. It adds to the unique lines this CX500 already has.With the project complete Josh is now able to ride the bike and enjoy it in the curvy roads. He also said that the bike might look big and heavy but it’s actually not. It feels really good in the corners and the bike is top end light. So it’s easy to lean it into the corners and have a great time riding. On top of that the bike sounds amazing with the exhaust set up.