Cafe racer conversions are all the rage, and, as we all know, anything popular is often done very badly, but every now and then, someone with a bit more skill and a good eye puts his hand to the job and the finished product makes you sit up and take notice. Starting with a rather rough and ratty Honda CX500 donor bike, you can build a sweet little cafe racer by adding your own labor and this very well thought out kit from Ian Saxcoburg, a mechanical design engineer by day and savior of old and abandoned CX500s by night.
There are usually quite a few CX500s to be found in varying states of disrepair waiting for someone with a project in mind to take them home and show them some love. Their current owners have abandoned them because they see no future in the relationship. Ian Saxcoburg has made it possible for you to turn the old girl into quite the looker with his modular kit. There’s some minor surgery involved, but you can buy each module separately and build it one step at a time, which is nice if you haven’t done anything like this before and would like to gain some confidence in the process.
The drawings and instructions seem to be quite clear which is what you would expect from an engineer who was doing his own kit and you get the benefit of his knowledge even if your design skills aren’t up to par.
From the before and after photos on his web site, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t a sudden run on these old Hondas as everyone started thinking about their own project. You’ll be able to bask in the glory of your build and feel the pride that comes from saying “I built it myself,” even if you had a helping hand from Ian’s conversion kit.
I like this kit a lot. Well thought out, detailed instructions and the finished bike will be sure to please the happy owner. Very nice!
Thanks for the tip, Nigel!
Link: Cafe Racer Kits