Davids 1975 Honda CB500T “Morrison”

Honda cafe racer

Seeing this beautiful bike for the first time got me wishing I had painted my bike white. This this looks amazing. I had to contact the owner and get the full story on it. So without further to do here is David Morales.

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The bike was first brought back to running condition with a couple of new carb kits. Once it was established that the engine ran well the bike started undergoing modifications.

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The rear section of the frame was removed and a new loop put in its place along with some new crossmembers that also act as seat supports. The Seat lock was taken from its place on the side of the frame and placed underneath the seat. This allows quick seat removal with the turn of a key to access the electronics underneath.honda cafe racer cb350

A custom seat pan and foam was made with a saddle cover by Clint Wilkinson from Bell & Oak. Some special brackets were made to hold the custom leather saddle in place. The frame was de-tabbed. The rear foot peg muffler Mount was removed and a set of mufflers were cut off of a CB 550 set, and fitted to the headers using the clamps from the original stock mufflers. The original rear fender was used but was tucked up under the bike to give it a bobbed appearance.

honda cafe racer rear

The original front fender stay was modified, and used to hold up the rear fender. It is mounted to the swingarm, keeping it riding just above the tire. The mid-section of the front fender was chopped out, keeping the factory rolled edges on the ends. Race tech gold valve emulators were placed in the front forks along with a set of progressive springs, and tapered steering bearings in the steering stem to firm up the ride.

Honda cafe racer side

A Moto Gadget M–unit along with handlebar controls and an M – button controller were fitted to the bike along with a modern combination voltage regulator/rectifier. Bronze from drum cymbals were used to make the bases for the front turn signal bases well as the license plate light cover. Grips were turned from olive wood by Jon Carpenter from Madwoods.cafe racer honda

The dog bone shaped yolk on the handlebar clamps was made using a technique called Shitame repousee, where a thin sheet of brass is worked with small steel punches in a pan filled with a tar-like substance called pitch. “TIO” was placed in memory of Fabian’s uncle who first introduced him to the thrill of motorcycles at a very young age.

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Builder: David Morales – davmomoto.com, @davmomoto

For: Denton Moto Collective – dentonmoto.com, @dentonmoto


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