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  1. Hi

    New Member Introductions
    Hello everyone. I bought my CX500 back 17 years ago from a family friend while I was a sophomore in college. I ran it for the next 5 years, about 1,000 miles a year. After that it got a lot more sporadic; next five years a total of 1,000 miles. Sadly, it's been sitting now for several years...
  2. First project bike

    New Member Introductions
    Hi all, I recently picked picked up a 1981 Honda CX500 shadow that is in need of a bit of TLC. The engine is running well and the bike is free of rust however the front fairing is cracked and there is need of some electrical work. The first step is to get the electrics sorted and then...
  3. New owner - What should I be reading?

    Custom How To
    I have a 1982 CX500 Custom with 6200 miles. I had my friend, who's more mechanically inclined help with the purchase/vetting. It's my second bike (first was a 2014 CB300F). I have 2 years of riding experience total. My goal with the CX500 was something that I could ride day one, but really...
  4. Hello From Southeast Ohio

    General Discussion
    Hey everyone, figured I'd make a thread saying hello. Got my first motorcycle about a week ago. It is a 1982 GL500 Silverwing interstate. Needs some work before it is really ride ready but I don't think it looks too bad for being as old at is it. Got a Haynes manual for it and I have some basic...
  5. Rear Coolant Leak

    Technical Help Forum
    Hello all, I am about to purchase a 1979 CX500 custom as my first bike. Bike is running fine, the only issue my friends dad (very mechanically knowledgeable) was able to spot was a coolant leak when we started the bike. the leak can be seen on on the right side of the bike where the water pipe...
  6. GL500 Dead Battery Blues - Newbie rider having a real rough time here

    Technical Help Forum
    Hey all! So I acquired my first bike, a 1981 GL500, about a month ago and have been loving learning to ride so far. Today I had my first dead battery, and it is 100% dead dead - no indicator lights, nothing from the starter, nada. I believe I accidentally left the key turned to P and maybe...
  7. New owner/rider need help left petcock on

    Technical Help Forum
    Hey all, Starting out real strong. Picked up a 1980 cx500 custom for cheap yesterday, and left the petcock on overnight (9 hours). Looks like some fuel has leaked. I checked the oil and it was pretty low, below the crosses on the dipstick so I dont think too much leaked into there. Is this...
  8. Newbie Disassembling my Carburetor

    Technical Help Forum
    In a desperate attempt to familiarize myself with my bike and auto maintenance in general, I have decided that I will disassemble and reassemble my carburetor to clean it out. Armed with YouTube videos and my Clymer Service Guide, I feel confident that I won't mess up anything too badly. Is...
  9. Newbie: Where to start...need help.

    CX Customization and Mods Forum
    Hi guys, I'm a new member directly from Mascouche, QC and a new owner of a brand new CX500C 1979 with 26900km... I just bough it and its in great condition. The guys before me took really care of it, painted it red with Shadow stickers and there's nothing to do on it beside maybe a...
  10. Newbie Airbox question

    Technical Help Forum
    Hey all, new rider here just bought a 1980 CX500D and have a question about the air intake system. I've read tons of threads on here saying "don't remove the factory airbox, it'll decrease performance and you'll have to rejet the carbs, etc" which totally makes sense, but unfortunately the guy I...
  11. Cx500 newbie engine rebuild

    Technical Help Forum
    I'm now the proud owner of a 1981 cx500, and I'm planning on a restoration/ cafe racer project. The bike I've bought is a runner and has 55000miles on the clock. Although it's a runner I'm wanting to strip down the engine and replace all the gaskets ands seals, nuts and bolts and perhaps go as...
  12. Rusty Gas tank clean and tank Lined with Red kote. Basic how to

    Technical Help Forum
    I'm a complete newbie to any type of mechanical work, so reading these forums has most definitely helped. For someone with little to no confidence in what i'm doing pictures and seeing someone else do it help a lot. So I figured I would start small and post about my results of cleaning my tank...
  13. NEW HERE...just bought my first 1979 CX 500 Custom

    CX Customization and Mods Forum
    I just bring it home on is power ...200 km almost freezing here... i only notice neck bearing loose, sloppy fork and poor braking !! but all the rest is number one. can't wait to star disasemble it !!
  14. New Member Looking at a GL on craigslist

    General Discussion
    Greetings fellow CX & GLers, I did some minibike, dirt bike and street riding in high school and college but sold my bikes because I needed the cash. Now some 30 years later I'm finally at the place where I can get back into motorbikes. After weighing pros and cons and what kind of riding I...
  15. Gods help me, I just bought a bike.

    Build Threads
    Hello folks! I've just made a terrible, wonderful mistake. I'm buying a Craigslist CX500, 1981, with a pile of bodywork and a parts bike alongside. Have I ever owned a motorcycle? Nope. Have I ever ridden a motorcycle? Only on the back. Do I even have a driver's license? Oh hell no! I bicycle...
  16. '81 CX500 - My first bike and project! Brat style inspiration

    CX Customization and Mods Forum
    Hey guys, Here's my first ever motorbike, she's needs some TLC but after 48 hours of having her I've made a start.. I had to replace the throttle cable first, then off came the airbox (pods ordered), bought a sealed battery and moved it up for now, along with the R+R box. I need to get a...
  17. New member, few questions!

    General Discussion
    Hey all! My names Micaiah foster and I have had my CX for just under a year. Super stoked to be a part of this forum and take in the wisdom many of you have to share (or to keep to yourself, that's fine too:p) Here's my cycle fully clothed and then naked (as she sits now) Here's my ice...
  18. wrong stator?

    Technical Help Forum
    So I just got myself my first bike, an 81 cx500c. It's been a blast but, as usual, my new toy started having problems right after I got it. Most recently the stator. I ordered this Electrosport Stator Honda CX500C CX500C Turbo CX650T ESG080 | eBay (being that it says it's compatible) and as I'm...
  19. 1981 CX500C replacing handlebar controls and cables

    Where Can I Find...
    Hello all! I'm new to the forum. I've been snooping around for a bit though and love some of your guys's work! I just picked up a cx500c and am looking to replace the controls. Throttle assembly, front brake and master cylinder, clutch lever assembly, starter/kill switch, lights/turn signal...
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