1984 Honda CX500 Reimagined: The Dressels’ Custom Cafe Racer

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1984 Honda CX500 Reimagined
1984 Honda CX500 Reimagined

Giving the 1984 Honda CX500 a cafe racer makeover, the Dressels crafted a whole new look for the bike.

They ditched the stock subframe in favor of a custom-built looped design that sweeps upwards, creating a sportier riding position.

The original frame and swingarm were cleaned and powder-coated black for a sleek finish. The suspension received an upgrade with a modern YSS shock, replacing the stock unit in the rear, while the front forks were rebuilt to ensure optimal performance.

The Dressels kept the original 18-inch Comstar wheels, but wrapped them in grippy Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires.

A bespoke license plate bracket mounted on the swingarm completes the transformation, holding a handmade rear fender for a truly one-of-a-kind look.

1984 Honda CX500 Reimagined
1984 Honda CX500 Reimagined (Honda)

This custom CX500 boasts several striking visual upgrades. The front end features a new mudguard, while the stock fuel tank remains.

The black leather seat seamlessly follows the lines of the subframe, and the cockpit has been outfitted with a low-profile LSL handlebar, adjustable levers, and Kellermann bar-end turn signals.

An aftermarket LED headlight illuminates the front, topped with a small 3D-printed cowl that integrates a digital Koso instrument cluster. Billet aluminum rearsets complete the ergonomic package.

The powertrain has also been tweaked, with upgraded carburetors capped with DNA pod filters and a full stainless-steel Arrow exhaust replacing the stock unit.

The motorcycle’s visual impact comes from a two-tone livery: a glossy silver base with green accents adorns the fuel tank and headlight cowl, while satin black completes the look.

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