1975 Honda CB500T
1975 Honda CB500T
Ready to Ride
The bike was put together with the thought of making it a city commuter style bike, something to zip around, cut down alleys and be able to haul your necessities to work or home. The only mileage on this bike since completed has been just around the neighborhood to get it tuned.
Started with a original 18,773 mile bike, it was taken totally apart down to the bare frame and sent off to be powder coated. The frame color is a aged bronze to set it off from the BMW Imola Red paint. Along with the frame, the center stand, side stand, foot peg mounts, 6 motor mounts, battery cage, lower triple tree, rear brake lever and the 2 air box housings have all been powder coated to match.
The original air boxes were retained for practicality, carb tuning and to have that utilitarian look. The air box side cover attaching tabs have been removed to clean up the look and the metal box covers were painted the BMW red to match. Both sides have new pod filters which allows room for the right side air box to house the new relocated ignition switch and mini start button, nicely tucked in behind the kick starter.
The front and rear tires are new dual purpose Shinko 705 Series tires with new tubes. The front is a 110/80-19 And the rear is 120/80-18 to help give the bike a aggressive look. Starting at the front it has a 1965 Allstate headlight with a new 12 volt bulb and new alloy headlight mounts. Painted to match it houses a very cool vintage speedometer and a headlight switch from a 60s Honda Dream. To clean up the controls the original top clamp was replaced with a nice billet aluminum piece. New adjustable Tarrozi clip-ons, new grips, a simple and clean 60s Honda aluminum throttle, Honda MR clutch lever perch and a set of Joker Machine fork caps really clean up the bars/controls from the original. The fuel lines, clutch cable, throttle cable and front brake line along with fittings are also new. The battery is strong and the master cylinder was also replaced not long ago.
The original wiring harness has been trimmed down and all unnecessary wires have been removed to simplify it. A redrawn wiring diagram will also be provided in case someone wanted to make any additions/alterations. The ignition switch and start button have been relocated to the right side air box and a main fuse link has been added.
CL450 High pipes were wrapped, then fitted with megaphone shorty mufflers for additional breathing. The
The engine was never opened or taken apart, only removed from the bike and put back in, so it does have the stated 18,775 miles.
The paint is BMW Imola Red. The original tank before paint was in great shape, no dents or dings or rust. The tank is also perfect inside, no rust or issues. Both air box lids, headlight, headlight ring and the 1969 Honda SL350 rear fender have been painted to match. The SL rear fender gives it a custom look but keeps it factory looking without a hacked up rear, nice and clean. It also gives the the bike a more dual purpose look with a high up fender.
The original seat was kept to allow access to the battery, again for practicality purposes.