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'78 CX project finished

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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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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.

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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His was blue. Mine was red and black.

This is his.

I love that blue! But I bought red replacement stripes, so no blue for me. Probably red or yellow.

I too like the 78's even when they're as ratty as mine. They seem to have a more European look.
I think you're right. The Custom is much more common here, and I've never been a fan of the "American cruiser" style. The market needs to follow the trends, though.

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