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    Cafe/Streetfighter CX500 Build

    I'm going to start my own thread for my build mainly as a way to track my progress. My buddy and I are putting together a bike in our limited free time when we aren't playing with our kids or working. It'll probably take a while but it's going to be a fun process. We were both drawn to the transverse twin motor of these bikes and have seen various pictures of what you can do with them so we're pretty excited.

    We picked a good bike up from another forum member here. Thanks Vic! We haven't done a whole lot yet. Sold a few unwanted items and bought a few more. We plan on doing a front end swap as well as a mono shock conversion for the rear. From there we'll see what happens. I'll toss a few pictures up to show you what we've got so far. Right now we are pretty much amassing a bunch of parts so we can get a rolling chassis going.

    I just want to say thanks to everyone on the forum for answering a lot of questions I had to get my buddy and I to this point. A special thanks to Murray. You've helped me a ton so far. If anyone has any suggestions for us as we go please feel free to tell us or comment on anything if you see us doing something stupid.

    List of parts obtained so far:

    2007 GSXR 750 front end
    2007 GSXR 750 Calipers
    97 CBR 1100 Black Bird Rotors (They have the same hub size as our CX and the Same diameter of the gsxr rotors)
    All the bearings for our front end swap
    New wheel bearings to accommodate our GSXR axle.
    78 Goldwing dual disc comstar wheel
    A set of Murray's Carbs










    FYI props to EBC rotors in Las Vegas. I inquired about some rotors for my project and explained that I really didn't want to spend a ton of money because I would be modifying the bolt pattern on them. We don't want to practice on 400 dollars worth of rotors. They found a discontinued set in the back they couldn't sell anymore. I basically stole them. I won't say how cheap they were but it was worth the call. EBC was awesome to deal with and I highly recommend giving them a call if you ever need anything!
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    Looks like you're off to a good start. Any particular builds that inspired you?

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    We do like the Sacha CX500 and also the CX500RR that's on this site. Both are great bikes!

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    I just bought a '79 and I'm ready to tear it down too... just bout a 2011 GSXR-750 front end with some All Balls Racing conversion bearings... interest to know how your build goes!

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    Even though All Balls says it's a conversion kit, the stem on the gsxr is a tad short for proper mounting. You'll have to address that. Others have done it, but if I remember correctly, it's short room for the lock nut...
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    i use cognitomotos stem it comes with the correct all balls bearings and seals so good deal

    the cb750 one

    Fork Conversion Parts - Cognito Moto
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    Way to many bikes to maintain this list LOL !!

    email me at murray at murrayscarbs.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by murrayf View Post
    i use cognitomotos stem it comes with the correct all balls bearings and seals so good deal

    the cb750 one

    Fork Conversion Parts - Cognito Moto
    Well that's good information. I bet I'd have asked that question in a few days when we attempted to toss the front end together! haha

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    What I did with mine was, press out the original CX500 stem and press it into the tripple-tree of the GSXR

    The GSXR's original is not long enough to secure through the neck of the frame.
    1978 CX500 - project bike
    1977 TF185 - project bike (for the Mrs)
    2003 DRZ400 - Sold
    1985 KX250 - restored motorcross bike - Sold
    2003 Dakar - Sold BOUGHT BACK! YAY!

    CX500 build thread: http://tinyurl.com/okbszgd :icon_salut:

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    cj how did you lock the stem in the gixer tree??

    i looked at doing it but the busa triple is aluminum and i could not weld it on

    its why i spent the hundred dollars and got the cognito unit
    GET AN OIL FILTER ADAPTER

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    Way to many bikes to maintain this list LOL !!

    email me at murray at murrayscarbs.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by murrayf View Post
    cj how did you lock the stem in the gixer tree??

    i looked at doing it but the busa triple is aluminum and i could not weld it on

    its why i spent the hundred dollars and got the cognito unit
    Murray, sorry my reply took so long dude - things have been manic my side!

    My GSXR's tripple is not alu, it's steel Get an older one

    A cheaper option for you might be to get a stem machined out of alu to press and weld in? That would cost us $50 - $60 or less down here in Africa
    1978 CX500 - project bike
    1977 TF185 - project bike (for the Mrs)
    2003 DRZ400 - Sold
    1985 KX250 - restored motorcross bike - Sold
    2003 Dakar - Sold BOUGHT BACK! YAY!

    CX500 build thread: http://tinyurl.com/okbszgd :icon_salut:

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