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Now to make it run !
HI Yall from West TN, bought this 81 CX500C for $200 and had an artistic vision probably should have had a mechanical vision first but none the less had fun putting my spin on it . Currently have motor off replaced one way starter clutch did Ohms test on stator and therefor installing one of Ray's full kits , lots of knowledge from visiting this site and I thank you . So with fingers crossed I move forward just one thing giving me trouble , this motor is bla needs dressing up ! LOL
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just one thing giving me trouble , this motor is bla needs dressing up ! LOL
Maybe you could paint the engine a different colour? Or perhaps do the covers in a contrasting colour to the rest of the engine?

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 in addition to what you've already done 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).

BTW: The best advice anyone can give you about customizing any vehicle is to get it safe & reliable in more or less original condition 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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Here is a picture for Sidecar Bob and Mr. Honda, View attachment 210535
Thank you for the welcome and advice I hope I did as suggested , Mr. Honda I could not navigate your suggestion the links don't seam to be there and I have spent to much time "today" looking will try again later.
 

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Can't see the pic.

The links in my signature all work for me. It is only the last one (Forum Settings) that you need for information on setting up your profile.

BTW: Mr.H is the name of my GL1100/Dnepr sidecar outfit that I use in summer.
 
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