A CX500 for Christmas

for those of you that have M.B.S. (multiple bike syndrome) and have the "silver wing" models.
as our sponsors also have supplies for those bikes and they are popular with the "wing" crowd.

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #16 by Sugs » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:52 pm

Wow, nice job on that. Looks like new.
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #17 by J.C. » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:51 pm

Looking really good!

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #18 by Easter » Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:54 am

Cold weather, family visits and flu (not me but everyone else in the family, very bad stuff!) and lack of parts have held me up a bit but gradually I am making some headway. Got the O-rings and installed the water pipes and polished and installed the carb intakes. Yesterday I was able to paint the wheels. No tires yet but the wheels need to cure for a while anyway before trying to mount tires. My seat should be here in a few days and I can cut and weld the frame to suit, then I will be able to paint the frame and start reassembly.
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #19 by Whiskerfish » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:26 am

Sharp!!
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #20 by rcmatt007 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:48 am

looks nice
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #21 by Easter » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:22 pm

This bike came in boxes, several of them, and included a lot of stuff that didn't belong (and didn't include somethings that should have been). Since this is my first CX500 it has been a bit of a challenge to decide what belonged and where it was supposed to go.

Here are a couple of examples, do any of you CX fans recognize these? And if so where do they go?
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80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
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2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #22 by Easter » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:26 pm

Making things fit that weren't designed to fit is always time consuming (and often a lost cause) but I have managed over the last couple of days to adapt the custom seat (a very nice one I think) and the GL1000 rear fender. The frame had to be bobbed and a bit of welding for the mounting brackets but I am happy with the result. dancr
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80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #23 by Easter » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:34 pm

Today was a paint day. Frame and swing arm as well as a few misc brackets. I like two part urethane for frame work and was pleased with the way it turned out. I will give it a day or two to harden up then begin the process of putting it together. I still have quite a few parts to order (like tires) and the rear fender needs to be sandblasted before paint. Head covers will be powder coated. I had a color picked out but the tank is gloss black in really nice condition so I will post pone a final decision on body color till I get it back together.
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80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #24 by scootsx2 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:43 pm

Nice project.

If your ignition shoots craps down the road like mine did, an outfit in Australia named Rae-San Electronics makes a good replacement electronic ignition.

http://www.rae-san.com/

Also, checkout the CX500 forum http://cx500forum.com/ for good information.
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #25 by Easter » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:40 pm

I started the reassembly process today. Got the frame back on the motor and the swing arm in place. The radiator is ready to go on as soon as I get some new hoses. I also cleaned up the stock header pipes and cleaned and painted various components including the triple tree. I couldn't resist placing the seat and tank on the frame to see what we have. :orange
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80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #26 by CYBORG » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:02 am

coming along nice action1 action1
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #27 by rcmatt007 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:51 am

kind of nice that the engine is part of the frame, makes it easier to put back together
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"it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert" ancient saying
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76 Ltd "cookies bike" not ready for prime time,
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'86 1200 (Beth's) with motorvation sidecar, July 2017 BOTM
'17 HD Road king and 08 HD Heritage softail (Beth's). I guess you can say we have MBS

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #28 by Easter » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:43 pm

So far, much easier to work on than a Wing.
Bikes at present:
80 GL1100 Interstate: Now a Cafe Racer called DRAGON WING.
81 GL1100 collecting dust with about 300,000 miles, known as BLACK BEAUTY
2008 (I think) GL1800 Nice bike but as exciting as the family sedan!
76 GL1100 yes, 1100 with 1000 heads and cams, being customized
A fleet of parts bikes awaiting resuscitation or customization or abandonment :IDTS:

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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #29 by desertrefugee » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:05 pm

rcmatt007 wrote:kind of nice that the engine is part of the frame, makes it easier to put back together


Just as an FYI, the Valkyrie employs that same "stressed member" approach with the engine. If you think about it, it's a lot stronger than a tubular frame!
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Re: A CX500 for Christmas

Post #30 by Track T 2411 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:36 pm

Looking good! You certainly aren't letting the grass grow under your feet on this build!
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