Unlikely hero: A Honda CX500 journey bike from Missouri

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
The very best journey bike is the one you have already got. That’s the idea behind this rugged {custom} Honda CX500 from BJ English at Brick Home Builds in Missouri. Geared up with knobbly tires, crash bars, a baggage rack, an auxiliary gas cell, and probably the most floor clearance we’ve ever seen on a CX500, there’s no doubting its meant utilization.

There’s no denying the Honda CX500’s inherent quirkiness and the challenges that it poses to potential customizers. However BJ wasn’t too fussed about making the awkward CX500 look fairly. As a substitute, he wanted to make it practical—as a result of his consumer intends to make use of it as a bonafide journey bike.

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
“The undertaking arrived as an precise basket case,” BJ tells us. “The bike itself is a 1982 Honda CX500 Customized that the client had beforehand began engaged on, in hopes of turning it right into a scrambler, earlier than deciding to contact me to see the undertaking by way of to completion.”

“After speaking with him in regards to the objectives for the bike, he famous that he had two buddies just lately decide up a few Royal Enfield Himalayans, and he needed to have the ability to go on some journey rides with them. This positively sparked my curiosity, as I like adv. bikes and have a trusty KLR650 for stated responsibility. In my buyer’s case one of the best journey bike is the one you may have, so with the objectives visualized and the funds established I set to work.”

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
BJ got here up with a number of workarounds to realize the correct amount of usability and reliability, whereas saving a buck right here and there to keep away from blowing the funds. Step one was to retrofit a set of 37 mm forks and yokes from a 1983 Honda FT500 that he had within the workshop. Between these and a set of 370 mm YSS rear shocks from a Yamaha XT500, the CX500 sat noticeably increased than earlier than.

Retaining the Honda’s signature Comstar wheels was cheaper than constructing a set of laced hoops—and because the bike wasn’t destined for arduous enduro use, BJ knew they’d deal with the consumer’s wants. However the Honda CX500 Customized’s tiny 16” rear wheel needed to go.

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
“I felt the 19” can be tremendous up entrance, however needed a 17” again, alongside the strains of the early Suzuki V-Strom with its 19F/17R wheel combo. To perform this, I disassembled a 17” Goldwing rear wheel to make use of its rim and spoke sections with the inventory CX500 drum brake hub. In whole, the bike has 11 inches of clearance from the bottom to the engine!”

Turning his consideration to the body, BJ determined to as soon as once more maintain issues easy. A set of beneficiant crash bars encompass the CX500’s V-twin motor, and its airbox has been ditched in favor of a pair of froth pods from UNI Filter. Eager eyes will discover that the gas tank’s been repositioned ever so barely too.

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
A solo seat sits up high, with a tidy electronics tray mounted decrease down. The open triangle beneath the seat isn’t only for present; look intently, and also you’ll discover further tie-down factors for mounting an additional bag there. BJ stored the beneficiant OEM rear fender however trimmed it on the again.

Subsequent on the checklist was including a number of detachable equipment to make multi-day journeys potential. In its most elementary kind, the bike features a small software bag that sits simply behind the seat. However there’s additionally a rack system that may host further baggage, a PVC software tube, and a one-gallon RotopaX gas cell that guarantees a complete vary of 200 miles.

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
BJ confirmed the engine some love too. It acquired handled to a full service with a brand new water pump seal, new consumption manifolds, and new O-rings. The starter clutch and carbs have been rebuilt, and the froth filters have been upgraded with a pair of hydrophobic pre-filters [not pictured].

An NWT Cycletronic system controls the wiring now, with separate fuses for the fan and spare auxiliary energy stashed beneath the tank. Going deeper, BJ modified the camshaft to run with an electrical fan. Lastly, a {custom} two-into-one exhaust system with a Cone Engineering muffler was added to enrich the contemporary motor.

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
Up within the cockpit, you’ll discover a set of excessive and extensive ProTaper handlebars, fitted with foldable mirrors and Oury grips. An Acewell speedo sits up entrance, mounted in a custom-made bracket. Elsewhere, grippy enduro foot pegs and a beneficiant sump guard add to the bike’s general performance.

Regardless of its utilitarian nature, this Honda CX500 journey bike isn’t utterly devoid of fashion. “I needed to maintain with a classic vibe with the massive fenders and chrome touches,” he says, “but additionally give a nod to the journey world with the fly display, folding mirrors, and headlight ring. It’s positively a mixture of kinds, however I really feel it really works effectively on this bike.”

Honda CX500 adventure bike by Brick House Builds
The Honda CX500 certain looks like an unlikely candidate for an journey bike construct, however BJ’s deft work on this gravel-ready {custom} defies that pondering.

“On my check rides, this factor has proved to be an absolute blast on any floor, from asphalt to slimy creek bottoms and something in between. I’m very a lot trying ahead to seeing the images of this bike in motion because the buyer takes it on some actual adventures!”

Get a behind-the-scenes have a look at this undertaking on Brick Home Builds’ YouTube channel.

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