The Honda CB series of motorcycles is pretty popular among custom motorcycle builders, especially for the ease with which they can be converted into cafe racers, trackers and brats.
That said, a CBX 1000 is not something that we see on a regular basis. When this bike came into the workshop, it looked very different. In its previous life, it had been a show bike, gracing the centerfold of motorcycle magazines.
By the time it reached us however, the decision had been made to bring it back to factory spec, with a couple of tasteful modifications that also made it practical.
The previously chopped frame was given a new lease of life with a fully fabricated rear frame that now accommodates the original fuel tank, seat side cover and the taillight.
Up front, an upgraded fork assembly was added to accommodate a wider tire, while a custom triple-tree with a riser ends in tracker handlebars for a more comfortable ride. A fender was sourced from a CB400 and mounted with custom brackets, finishing off the front end.
Mechanically, the CBX has been updated in a number of areas. A dual-shock to mono-shock conversion in addition to a wider rear tire changes the handling characteristics. A fully electronic ignition system, Motogadget M-unit, new turn signals, ignition switch, warning lights and switch controls bring the bike right into the 21st century, supported by a new lithium battery, regulators and an ignition unit mounted in place with custom brackets under the seat.
A custom made 6-into-1 exhaust amplifies this CBX's "bark", while providing a beautiful cosmetic accompaniment to the transverse-mounted engine. A larger K&N air filter now lives on the end of the original airbox, thanks to custom work by the Cafe Rider craftsmen, while bigger oil cooler keeps things cool all around.
A custom headlight bracket and speedometer bracket house a GPS speedometer and aftermarket tachometer for accurate speed and revolution readings, while a new Nissin front brake master cylinder and calipers ensure that those speeds can be reduced in a hurry, if necessary.
A new coat of paint in the original factory color, Honda decals and polished engine covers make this bike stand out tastefully, wherever it goes.