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My account settings wouldn't save my location and vehicle for some reason. Logged in on my phone right now will try again on my desktop. My bike is a 1980 CX500 Custom.

I have always loved the CX500/CX650 despite its reputation in some circles as Honda's ugly duckling. I actually think it's good looking in stock form but what really drew me in is its liquid cooling and shaft drive. I almost bought one in back in 83 but I opted for a boat instead, so I joined the Navy.

Been out of the nav since 89 but I have never lost my affection for the CX500 so I bought me one several months back. It runs ok but needs some TLC with the carbs, brakes and electrical. It was partially modded as a scrambler when I acquired it which suits me since that was my plan for it anyway.

A side benefit of having a project bike for me is having my college student/gear head son around more to help me out.🙂

Looking forward to tapping into the forums knowledge base and to share the CX500 journey!
 

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Welcome back to where you always wanted to be! The combination of “different” characteristics (shaft drive, liquid cooling, long life, reliability etc) as well as generally low cost, great support info (here) and availability make our choice of bikes a crowd pleaser. Yours won’t be the first father and son project either! 👍
 

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Welcome to the forum. Adding your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile means you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget. Have a look at the Forum Settings thread linked in my signature and if you still have trouble let us know.

And welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).

The best advice anyone can give you about customizing any vehicle is to get it safe & reliable in more or less original condition (or at least safe & roadworthy in the condition it came to you in) and use it for a while before you start making any changes so it can tell you what changes it needs to make it do what you want/need better. That approach almost always results in something you actually want to keep and use but making changes based on style or on what someone else (who may or may not really understand how the changes affect the way it works) has done often results in a piece of expensive yard art that you can't stand sitting on for more than a few minutes and might even be dangerous.
 
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