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It took me 2 years, but finally my '78 CX500Z restoration project has finished! In my opinion the bike looks great. From some angles and distance it looks like new:)

With all the money the parts cost me, I could easily have bought 2 or 3 bikes from eBay or so. But I don't regret at all what I did. I've learned a lot about this bike and about restoring in general.

The bike isn't ready for 100% yet, it still needs some work at some details, but I consider that to be part of the regular maintenance.

I'd like to say thanks to you guys, for helping me out when I posted questions in the old forum.



Check out the latest pictures I took HERE or HERE.
 

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It took me 2 years, but finally my '78 CX500Z restoration project has finished! In my opinion the bike looks great. From some angles and distance it looks like new:)

With all the money the parts cost me, I could easily have bought 2 or 3 bikes from eBay or so. But I don't regret at all what I did. I've learned a lot about this bike and about restoring in general.

The bike isn't ready for 100% yet, it still needs some work at some details, but I consider that to be part of the regular maintenance.

I'd like to say thanks to you guys, for helping me out when I posted questions in the old forum.



Check out the latest pictures I took HERE or HERE.




Looks nice!

What is the part that is around the headlight called? (the painted part)
 

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Very nice!



' 78 is best looking year with the 'standard' fuel tank,silver Comstars and headlight nacelle,IMO.



Nice work JiMi.
 

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Fantastic, very nice work indeed when the mirror finish on the tank is showing reflections of contrails.




Really like the nacelle with the guage cluster incorporated into it.



Awesome restoration, congrats and enjoy.



Where in Europe are you, Holland?
 

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Thanks for the compliments!

I'm in Holland indeed.

And I added new pics 5 minutes ago. I didn't like the garagedoor in the background of the pics, so I changed the background and took some new pics:)

Didn't know the word nacelle either. Man keeps learning on this forum
 

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Very nice!



' 78 is best looking year with the 'standard' fuel tank,silver Comstars and headlight nacelle,IMO.



Nice work JiMi.




Wow, and I thought I was the only one who considers the '78 the best looking of the line. It's unique and defied(s) conventions of styling.



Ditto on the good work and looks of the bike. On the next one you should start out with a better example, much less to spend on basics that way and more $$$$ left over for the niggling little details necessary to get it back to showroom.
 

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I agree with Cobram - I like the 78's the best.



JiMi, your work is fantastic! What patience - I don't think I could have done what you have done in 2 years, based on the condition of the bike in your pictures.




Looks great, and the blue is really nice. Was that color only available in Europe?
 

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Wow, and I thought I was the only one who considers the '78 the best looking of the line. It's unique and defied(s) conventions of styling.
The Standard is by far the best of the bunch -- except for that plastic radiator cover. That had to go.



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Great restoration job there. You should be very proud of it. I hope you carry photos to show people what it did look like!
 

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great job, the 78's are the best model but you can replace the plastic radiator surround with a nice chrome one and it would set it all off nicely
 

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Why so negative?
Good question. There's got to be a good reason.

I'm not sure if it's because it seems like the US/North America got the short end of the stick with the reduced version and the choice of no choice in color or if I just don't like the maggot style we got.



Where's Sture when you need him. Isn't he the one with one of each color. Well either way when you look at it the red and blue ones look great next to the black and red striped turd.



I had one and a good one. But only for 6 months. In all the time I only put 4 miles on it. All the riding went to my main bike which I have had for 7 years. After selling it I put on another 12 miles or so riding it at my brothers. He was the lucky sucker who got it. I may even ride it this next week when i'm up there but I just didn't/don't like the black and red ones. Here's a pic of the one I sold just so you know I'm not really flaming it. They are good bikes.



 

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Good question. There's got to be a good reason.

I'm not sure if it's because it seems like the US/North America got the short end of the stick with the reduced version and the choice of no choice in color or if I just don't like the maggot style we got.



Where's Sture when you need him. Isn't he the one with one of each color. Well either way when you look at it the red and blue ones look great next to the black and red striped turd.



I had one and a good one. But only for 6 months. In all the time I only put 4 miles on it. All the riding went to my main bike which I have had for 7 years. After selling it I put on another 12 miles or so riding it at my brothers. He was the lucky sucker who got it. I may even ride it this next week when i'm up there but I just didn't/don't like the black and red ones. Here's a pic of the one I sold just so you know I'm not really flaming it. They are good bikes.


That's not negative. That makes sense. It sounded like you were saying that he did a terrible job on the project, from how short it was.

America tends to get trended on a lot of things.. a.k.a. less options.
 

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That's the joy of the internet. Sometimes you say something and it is interpreted as something else. Maybe if I had a blue one I wouldn't have sold mine. But I wasn't going to paint it because that wouldn't have been right.



Even this duel disc yellow shitpump looks better than a black and red in my opinion.



[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmA5ibZgayI[/media]



And yes gullepumpe means shit pump or some rough variation of interpretation.
 

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That's the joy of the internet. Sometimes you say something and it is interpreted as something else. Maybe if I had a blue one I wouldn't have sold mine. But I wasn't going to paint it because that wouldn't have been right.



Even this duel disc yellow shitpump looks better than a black and red in my opinion.



And yes gullepumpe means shit pump or some rough variation of interpretation.


I don't understand what I'm looking at. That seems like a really, really wrong use of a motorcycle. It should be zooming.
 

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I don't understand what I'm looking at. That seems like a really, really wrong use of a motorcycle. It should be zooming.
In Germany, the land of Beemer airheads, the water-cooled CX wasn't universally embraced (though it enjoys a very large and loyal following, now), and it was given the nick-name "Gullepumpe" (sewage pump.)



Some CX enthusiast played on the name to create that as a rally demo. (It won't propel itself.)



Pretty funny, I think.



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