When I found the bike 3 years ago it was a non-running, fairly standard example of a '81 CX500 Shadow. It had done a lot of riding & the previous owner said the 70,000km on the clock was the second time he had seen that number! Since then it has been fully stripped & rebuilt. I mixed & matched parts from a number of model variations of the CX500 to get the look & function I was after. I was after a bike I could get into some adventures with. I wasn't particularly concerned with sticking to a brief or an ideal, retro looking & fun was what it came down to. Spike (as in the bulldog from Tom & Jerry) is the name it was given by a good friend because of it’s skinny rear end & broad shoulders.
The bike now has a single disc front end from a '78 with the rotor from a Euro CX500 and caliper from a CB900. The frame is still the original 81 model, but the motor is an '83 converted to run a CDI ignition. The wheels are from an '82 CX500 Custom and its tank was taken from a 1980 model CX500. The build was time consuming as most of the original parts of the bike were worn out! In a funny way that actually helped with the build, it gave me the opportunity to acquire parts from a variety of sources that I though suited my vision for the bike. There were a number of big hurdles and a lot of trial and error. Trying to get parts from so many different donor bikes to work cohesively together was a headache at times and I couldn't have done it without the support of the wider motorcycling community. Most of the work on the bike was done in my 1 car garage, at night or after work. The exhaust and the candy paint job are the only exceptions.
The custom components include the hand-made polished stainless 2 into 1 exhaust, huge 9 inch headlight, indicators & tail light. The battery was relocated under the back of the motor & the air box was given the flick. When it came to the front fender I just cut down the stock unit, but the rear I had to make out of a blank and fit to the frame. In the end I think it is the smaller details that I like the most, all the little touches, the hand drilled wheels, the LED idiot lights I built into the headlight bucket and the wiring loom that I routed through the frame and handle bars. When it comes to the soul of the bike that Honda V twin rumble is hard to beat!!
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