A few months ago I saw a “before” pic of Ruud’s Honda CL360 on Instagram and decided to follow him to see how it eventuated. I never imagined it would come out this good.
Ruud basically made the bike you see here and had a long, low slung exhaust with a reverse cone that was painted black. It looked good and most people would have stopped there…but not Ruud. He got to work on one of the sexiest exhausts I’ve ever seen.
Just to make us all jealous, Ruud says he made this in his parents garage over 5 saturdays!
Opened facebook and saw a message from Adam with a pic of his bike. Loved it so asked for more pics and whammo…here is another take on the underappreciated Honda CX500.
Here is my 1982 CX500. I bought the bike the week after Thanksgiving weekend 2012 after my brother talked me into it after seeing an ad on craigslist. After reading the ad, it was an easy sell…running and driving, and no mechanical problems, and cheap. But a Cx500? I wasn’t convinced that this was the bike for me, but after my brother showed me the Wrenchmonkees build, I emailed the seller right away. I picked up the bike that night and brought it home to tear down. Without really knowing what I wanted it to look like, I did the typical motorcycle tear down, chopped the rear, re-wired the bike and hid all of the electronics. I stripped the tank, made a seatpan, threw on some moto bars and it was “done” the next weekend.
I put about 700 miles on the bike with a tweak here and there but I knew it wasnt the end for this bike, it needed more. I lowered the forks 2” to the stance the Wrenchmonkees build had, but my springs were too weak to hold up the bike over big bumps. I discovered Ty’s Motorcycle Salvage in Longmont, Co and spent the next several Sundays freezing my butt of walking through this awesome salvage yard and digging through parts. One day I found the GSXR-1000 legs and bought them, knowing I just opened a can of worms.
Over the next couple weeks I started to piece together parts to bolt the front end onto my CX. I ended up with 01 GSXR 1000 legss, 93 GSXR 650 Trees, Clip ons from who knows what year GSXR, Wheel from a 06 GSXR, Brakes from a 02 GSXR 750, and rotors from some year GSXR. The Legs, Clip ons, and rotors were picked up from Ty’s for an amazing $50. The front end more or less bolted right up with little machine work, which I did all myself.
The bike started to really come together. I originally wanted Firestones for it, but finding a tire combo with a 17” front and 16” is tough. I went with Duro Median dual sport tires because I wanted something argressive and this bike would for sure see lots of gravel. All of the custom parts on the bike are hand fabricated myself…Fairing, seat pan, headlight mounts, battery holder (underneath swingarm), rear brake brace, Tecate air “filters” etc.
This just goes to show you can build a pretty awesome custom bike on a budget. Total, including registration and all, I have about $1600 into the bike, even including purchase. This bike will always be a work in progress and will be a daily driver in Boulder, Co.
Sorry for the lack of good photos, not a photographer!
What is the coolest 250cc single cylinder bike ever? (I never thought I’d write that sentence!)
Some say the SR250, some the Suzuki GN250 (have they ridden one?), no doubt some old guys will point to their once portable british oil leak and say “they don’t make them like used too”. There is a reason for that bozo…
Anyway, back to 250cc single cylinder coolness.
This bike started out as a Kawasaki TR250 and has been customised by Jet Motorcycles of Japan who are producing some seriously great bikes (and a couple of dodgies)
The Dirty Skwerter - WR250
If you follow the custom bike scene in Australia then you’d have to be livin’ under Uluru to not have heard of Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles. They have a shop in Sydney and in Bali so obviously are doing something right.
Ren tells me his recent build - “The Dirty Skwerter” is for sale!! The guy he built it for has other plans so has listed it on gumtree for $9,800ono
When I saw this bike, I thought it was a honda with Guzzi bodywork. I was surprised when I found out it is actually a Guzzi.
I came across this bike when the guys over at Remastered Cycle & Co sent me a link to their Kwaka scrambler and asked if I wanted to feature it but I prefered this mild Guzzi custom.
There are more pics of this nice little bike here