Wendell Jones of Oakland, California sent us an email saying he built a motorcycle, nothing out of the ordinary there, but then he said it was powered by a Honda CX500 engine turned sideways and converted to chain drive plus the wheels were mounted single sided both front and rear. OK, that got my attention, so I thought a few photos might be in order.
The bike Wendell put together has no frame, the tank is the upper frame and headstock and the rear swingarm is connected to the engine. The front end has twin fork tubes but they are both mounted on the same side. The whole bike was designed by Wendell and he put it all together in about a month of spare time work. He used as many off the shelf parts as possible to keep cost down and speed things up.
He says it rides and handles pretty much like any other bike and now that he has a feel for how everything fits he plans to build a couple more but this time he will be using wheels of his own design with a live axle and bearings mounted in the fork and swingarm. He is also looking for a CX500 Turbo engine for those.
Obviously, this bike is a bit unfinished but it proves the concept and it has that one feature I really like, it’s a real bike, in metal and it runs. Wendell had an idea and he built a bike. Very cool. Wendell has built a few other things in the past and one of his scooters made the cover of Scoot magazine, too. We’ll keep an eye on things to see what those next two bikes look like. Nice work, Wendell.
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