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Howdy, I just picked up a 79 cx500 that’s been partially modded and set up somewhat as a cafe racer. It needs some love, but I’m excited to breathe new life into it.

anyone else in NorCal with working knowledge of these bikes?

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Not in your neck of the woods, but welcome and you seem to have a good base for some making it your own. This forum and its connections will take dozens of your hours and hundreds of your dollars in the most delightful way!
 

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If you're in need of a CX guru, look up Larry Cargill in Sacramento. He's not too far from you.
 

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This forum and its connections will take dozens of your hours and hundreds of your dollars in the most delightful way!
Actually, this forum can save you $100s in shop labor, if you have the aptitude and are willing to learn.
It will definitely consume your hours.
 
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Welcome....
Learn here....do what you feel is within your skill-set...
For things beyond you seek either a mentor(real or virtual will work!). or a skilled professional.
If using a virtual mentor a webcam or video will be an asset.
 

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Welcome

Nice seat you have there. Looks like it's off a Hinckley Triumph Bonnie??
Really suits the bike.
I'm also new to CX500's and the Forum. You are connecting with the correct people.
Enjoy and be safe.
 

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I second bahn's question, what is the tank made of or what coating is on it? Very catchy!
 

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Welcome to the forum. Please add your location and your bike's model and model year to your profile so that you don't have to remember to tell us every time and we don't have to keep asking when you forget (see Forum Settings link in my signature).

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).
It looks like your bike still has the original rubber brake line, which should have been replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes (= 5 or 6 years) so 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 (or dealing with one that someone else has already modified) is to get it safe & reliable in the condition it is in (original is best but that boat has sailed) 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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True, but with so many tasty upgrades like Murray's bits, new 'lectronics and all, it still can bring down a project account.
I'm too much of a skinflint to be tempted by fancy farkles. I'm more apt to rebuild a part than to replace or upgrade it.
 

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Hey
Shayne
, I am located in Nor Cal, would love to chat about your build. I am currently working on mine and stuck on a issue. I might be asking you for advice. I am new to the forum but I have spent endless hours already researching for my build. I have a 1980 cx500. lets chat.
 

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Hi Shayne, I’m in Sonoma County as well and have a trident trike aka Frankenstein 1982 CX500C from sfpd. I haven’t been able to start on it much yet but will keep an eye on your posts because I’ll probably have the same issues.
 
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