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Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 8:23 pm

Hi guys, thought i would upload a few pics of my build so far.

I bought a half made cb500 off a chap which was all intact and working but really poorly done.


It was in the unit 5 minutes before it looked like this


New ram air filters were added


I sanded the tank back to bare metal, masked off and painted then clear coat




The seat cowl was bolted to where the standard seat went which doesnt create the flat look that a cafe racer is known for so i welded in some raised brackets and hid the battery and wiring in the back of the seat while i was at it.



New led lights were added with built in indicators to clean the bike up, hagon shocks were reconditioned and engine painted







Other mods are -
Quick action throttle
A lot larger fuel jets
New small speedo
Wire relocation
Mot work

- Next jobs on the list are to get a new seat made as the one on it is nasty to look at and uncomfortable
- dyno run and tune
- 42 tooth sprocket and new chain

Hope you guys like it




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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 8:45 pm

Why arent my pics showing up?
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by eternally_troubled on Tue 10 Oct 2017, 10:06 pm

Cult classic ad wrote:Why arent my pics showing up?

Had a look at your post - looks like your links aren't actually to your photos. Try copying them again but make sure you get the IMG code...
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Thu 12 Oct 2017, 10:03 pm

Sorted using imgur
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Beresford on Thu 12 Oct 2017, 10:54 pm

Clever tank treatment. The lower line works really well.
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 7:16 am

cheers mate, its given the look of an older tank without the hassle of changing it
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Danas108 on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 8:31 am

Good job! 
Cb500 isn't an easy task turn her into a cafe racer though..  Nice tank line and seat indeed.
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Jameshambleton on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 6:27 pm

She looks really good, considering how hard it is to get the lines right on a cb500 and the addition that you had someone else work on it - she's turned out exceptional!!! I'll fix your images when I get round to it Wink
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Danas108 on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 7:03 am

A good example of what's possible

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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 7:35 am

Its not perfect and was built in a shed but i bought the bike and modded it for £850 which i thinks a bargain
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Beresford on Sun 15 Oct 2017, 7:06 pm

From what I've read in other threads on this site, nobody has had much success in getting the CB500 engine to run well without the standard airbox. The racers all use it. What have your results been like using individual filters and no airbox ?
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Sun 15 Oct 2017, 7:09 pm

Ive had a lot bigger jets added and it runs ok but still needs tuning properly so ive booked it in for a dyno tune. Il let you no how it goes.
The noise from the carbs is amazing though
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Mon 16 Oct 2017, 7:17 pm

Update on the air filters, ive had the bike on the dyno today with 160 main jets fitted. The bike pulls really well all through the rev range now
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Beresford on Mon 16 Oct 2017, 9:53 pm

Possibly you aren't concerned about it, but it would be interesting to know what your economy is like now?
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Mon 16 Oct 2017, 10:06 pm

Ive just hit reserve so il fill up and see how many miles i get. My bike is a sunny day toy so it doesnt matter to me as much
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Re: Cb500 cafe racer build

Post by Cult classic ad on Thu 19 Oct 2017, 7:44 am

Finally fitted some tank decals as everyone kept asking what it was lol.
https://i.imgur.com/cxV5RTp.jpg

This is the next project my friends cb500 comuter
https://i.imgur.com/G6zA2HX.jpg

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