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Bill started looking at CX500s a half-decade ago after seeing a cafe racer conversion, and found one the following year. The bike he chose was a 1980 CX500 Deluxe, and his initial idea was to cafe it - until he saw a GL1000 with a Darkwing street tracker seat pan. Several purchases from Hotwing Glass later, his bike was now headed in a different direction...
Turning signals were upgraded to modern LED indicators - Speedmetal Micro Arrow:
The fan was changed from the stock mechanical fan to a Ducati electric radiator fan, and a temperature switch for the fan was attached to a new drain plug fashioned from a magnetic sump plug (eBay). Bill also did the engine paint himself:
All new cables were fitted, along with K&N pod filters for the stock carbs - which got a rebuild and good cleaning thanks to Larry Cargill:
The airbox space is now occupied by battery, voltage regulator and starter solenoid, mounted on new custom tray:
The stock 2-2 exhaust was replaced with a ceramic coated Mac 2-1 exhaust (eBay):
A voltage monitor was installed next to the choke cable:
Lots of little details, which come together into one nice ride:
The side panels are custom done, and have Honda Nightwing badges:
The paintwork looks superb, and the red pinstriping is a nice touch. All up a very nice build that seems to be getting regular time on the road, which is just as it should be!
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