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Parts availability for the CX range

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Did anyone notice that parts for the CX range are drying up? What do we do when vital parts are no longer available? I had a very hard time finding brown conrod bearing shells, all the major suppliers are empty. Also other bearings are discontinued, like the main bearings. And pistons, camchain guide, camshaft, brake parts for the early models, and other special parts. Body parts are all but gone. 650 parts are very scarce.

I also ride and restore British bikes, and although NOS parts are virtually impossible to find for most models, there is a very large industry that makes good quality parts to keep those bikes running, 50 years or more after they left the factory. Even body and chassis parts are now being produced, some of better quality than NOS. Also the British bikes are simpler and more robust, so are easier to keep running.

Unfortunately the CX500 has never been, nor will it probably ever be, a cult bike with a strong following like the CBX1000 and other more obvious 'icons', so I cannot imagine the repro part industry will tool up just for this model range.

I fear there will be many CX's rusting in garages all over the world in a few years, due to lack of spare parts..

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Not long after getting my 1st CX I decided I liked them so would stick with them.I refurbished them using old and new parts from all the engines so the two I have in now are in good condition and will most likely last me out.

The 2nd CX was made out of spare parts as one of the Ebay deals was a complete bike but in crappy condition so whilst I rode the 1st one I made up another bike in my spare time which is my present ride e.g the Red one in my Avatar.The other one is off the road due to lack of money but is getting a slow re-fit just to make it better.It's been mega reliable over the past 6 years apart from a few minor glitches,nothing bad inasmuch as I swapped a better serviced engine as the original engine I built was getting tired and as my knowledge of the engines grew I could do better.

If you like these bikes and are going to keep one then get another cheap that is crapped out and work on it at your leisure.There are good cranks that come up on Ebay if you need to do a full engine bottom end re-build and the crank in my present ride was from the US

My 10 penn'th.
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