CX500 chopper under construction

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CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Textahead » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:51 pm

Hiya peoples,
Im new to this forum so I thought I would introduce myself by showing you the almost 1/2 way chopper Im building
First i must say I live in a remote town on the far west coast of good old South Oz so nipping down the local parts shop is not exactly easy so you learn to make do with what you can scavange,
I own an 1983 honda cx500 shadow and one day I reieved a fone call from a guy I sorta know his son, well anyway this guy tells me he has a cx500 for sale, and its only $400, so I bought it, this is the bike as i bought it, It was running and I rode it around for 2 weeks with no front brakes\

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After riding it around thinking hmmm I shoud get some front brakes i decided to chop it,
The ideas bouncing around in my head said " DONT GO EXTREAM BUT MAKE IT LOOK CHOPPED AND UNCOMFOTABLE LOOKING"
so I stripped it

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Now this thing has a shaft drive and a monoshock rear and i wanted it alot llower than original, after working out the geometary I figured that loose 1 inch at the shocky loose 4 at the seat height so thats what I did I raised the shocky mount point 1 1/4 inches dropping the rear nearly 5 inches I then raked the front end 12 deg (very easy job on a euro frame) so when installed the engine still sits parallel with the ground\

I then built myself a cofin tank and basically reasembled what i had of the bike,
Heres a pic of me on the bike, taken about 1 month before this post

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its way past my bedtime so that all i will post for today, Hope you enjoy this thread and I will add more real soon

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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Prof » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:38 pm

Looks great and best is that you are doing it all yourself.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Youngblood » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:29 am

Well done so far. 8) Keep the pictures coming :)
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by xsive » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:18 am

looking good so far nice stance without ya seat you will be able to use your bolocks for brakes on the rear :lol: keep the picies comming
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Bearcx » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:30 pm

Wow, you're keen, chopping a CX. Good work so far.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Textahead » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:57 pm

Bearcx wrote:Wow, you're keen, chopping a CX. Good work so far.
Bear Your work has been a major influance on me so far (if only some more of your pics were still viewable)

I woud really love to see more pics of the widening of the cx back end,

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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Cromag » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:04 pm

you cx blokes are nuts.....................i like that 8)
Does not work or play well with others
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Prof » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:42 pm

Hey Bear, can you get your photos back up... seem to all be missing. There are some on Chopper Shed page.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Bearcx » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:56 pm

Yeah, just checked out my link on this site.
I cleaned up all my folders in my photobucket account, so,I reckon I may have moved some around. I will try to replace all those missing. Sorry to everyone who has tried looking.

Textahead, I'll try to get some more pics for you, from the rear end.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Textahead » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:58 pm

Bearcx wrote:Textahead, I'll try to get some more pics for you, from the rear end.
Cheers, Im really interested in how you widened the backend
xsive wrote:looking good so far nice stance without ya seat you will be able to use your bolocks for brakes on the rear :lol: keep the picies comming
Not only using my bollocks for brakes but also the threat of spending some time in hospital with nurses having to change my bum bandage, So not only is my seat a springer seat but Im keeping 15psi in the mono shock just to be sure.
Prof wrote:Looks great and best is that you are doing it all yourself.
That way I can truely call this bike MINE, I dont think I could buy a chopper and call it mine or farm the work out, This is MY work My bike

Ok Now ill track down some more pics for yas

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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Textahead » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:51 pm

The CX500 EURO is pretty diferent to most frames, even other cx500s, All cx500s have no frame to support the engine and actually use the engine as part of the structure, Most cx500s have a large single backbone from where the engine hangs where as the EURO has 3 backbones, 1 medium sized one and 2 side ribs that are joined together by the engine mount and welded to the headstem, so to rake my frame I simply cut thru the engine mount joining tube and installed a bolt, I then detached the side ribs by cutting the welds to the head stem, I then took about 1 inch from the spine and swivelled the head stem on the installed bolt,
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Then by heating the main backbone we bent it until the old ends met up again and welded it up,


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we then heated both side ribs, bent them into place then rewelded the side plates back to the headstem, removed the bolt and rewelded the engine mount back up and "WAAAALLLLAAAA" Raked

I also added a couple of plates between the main backbone, the side ribs just for extra strengthening

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Then I reasembled the bike, as is so far and sat a seat on it, This is the last picture before I cut the back end off

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I did ot end up using this seat and ended upmaking my own pan and will apolster it in the near future,

Next round of pics will be cutting the rear end off

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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Prof » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:10 pm

Your rake job looks like a pretty sensible and strong approach... will be interested to see the rest of your progress.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Bearcx » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:49 am

Nearly grafted a Euro back end on mine, just for the monoshock.

Looking good mate, watching with interest........
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Bearcx » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:49 pm

Found some more pics of the frame widening, Textahead.
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Re: CX500 chopper under construction

Post by Textahead » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:15 pm

Great way of doing it Bear,
If only I was still working in the engineering shop in Adelaide I would definatly be following you on this one, Got a question for you, I can see how you have widened the swing arm, How does it fit in the frame now? How does the drive shaft fit in the gearbox?

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