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The Honda CX500, commonly called the Plastic Maggot (or “Clitoris” because every C%$T has one) was a favourite of couriers in Australia and the UK. Reliable it was, good looking it certainly wasn’t.
They have always had a bit of a cult following and people have chopped them up and cafe’d them for years, mostly with disastrous results. It is probably one of the hardest bikes to customise into something that actually looks sexy. A few have managed to do it in my opinion, so here they are in my order of preference.
With clips ons and minimal padding, this budget CX looks the goods. Not hard to throw a few extra pesos at it and hide the battery and take it up a notch if thats what you like. Me? I’ll take it as it is.
Nice lines on this one and a great balance of black and silver. The drilled wheels make this bike.
This CX hit the blogs big time last year and for good reason. If you want a CX to look good you have to get the seat right. Moto Mucci transformed the ugly duckling with a new take on the seat. This bike would be my #2 if he ditched the sidecovers.
This CX just screams quality. It’s not a mega budget build but it sure isn’t a cheap transformation. A classic Cafe Racer seat can be made to work on a CX, this bike is the proof.
With a gold engine and knobby tires, this bike is “out there” and won’t appeal to everyone which is just fine as I’m sure the owner is having a ball ripping up the streets of Paris.
The oversized Firestones, the very clever angle of the exhaust, the lowered suspension, the bikini fairing and the sexiest seat this side of Chesterfield make this easily my number one CX500 custom. Congrats to the boys from Denmark.
Some honourable mentions that are under construction that will soon make this list a top 10
Make the jump and check out this brilliant Cafe Racer being built by Larry for “Eagle Driver” in the USA.
"Brock32" of Perth Street Bikes has finished his CX for now. Should be riding with us soon.
Richard Baybutt of Corpses of Hell is nearly finished his CX, here is a sneak peek. Might not look like much now but I’ve been sworn to secrecy on the more recent pics. Watch it light up the interweb soon.
So that makes 9, whose is the 10th?
Well, we’re about to start a CX for a customer in Adelaide. Never been afraid to talk ourselves up, we reckon when we’re done, it’ll make the list :)