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  1. #11
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    So I got down to it again this weekend. Got a nice bikelift upgrade, can't wait to get a rolling frame.

    Prepped the rims and painted one of them (they take a LOT of paint, got to get some more). I finished the model for the rearend, pretty pleased with it. Next week I will spend a day in a metal working shop where I am going to build it with the help of this guy. If its going to look anything like the model I would be very pleased. The frame is going to get prepped there too, going to cut of some tabs I won't be needing (at least, I hope).

    I also found an adress for sanding and coating the frame for a very reasonable price. When that is done, it is build up time. Still got to do the carbs (found someone who has an ultrasonic bath) and buy some stuff.

    I also went to the yearly bike show in the Netherlands, saw a nice CX500 in the custom section, got a picture in as well.

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    Learned a lot about metal shaping this weekend and learned that I have a lot more to learn. Incredibly happy with the way it came out.

    We made two models (I had made the deal that I could learn the basics and also get his expertise to actually get a nice product). At a certain point we choose one (mine, because you know.. that way I can say I hammered it roughly in the right shape myself) and he added the finishing touch. We still have to do the final fitting and welding the bottom plate but coming 5 weeks I am not going to have much time to spend on the bike.

    To me it going to bring this bike to the next level. I will post pictures of the process.

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    Part two:

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    Sweet !!
    SideCar Bob's great thread on settings. http://cx500forum.com/forum/general-...ould-make.html
    Main Wiki you can search by topic: http://cx500forum.com/mediawiki/inde...itle=Main_Page
    Just an Old Rant not very Important: http://cx500forum.com/forum/general-...me-advice.html
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    'Eager" 1979 CX500C Maroon.
    Name is derived from the sound of this engine at highway speeds.
    Like its eager to go.
    had a Horse that was "Eager"
    But didn't sound the same.
    So I called him "Duke"

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    For about five weeks I did not have the time to tinker on the CX. This Easter I reserved a whole day. Although I did have to fix some stuff on my XJR, barely fit the new bikelift (one more season with the XJR, I am secretly looking at the MT-10)

    So I did some cleaning up on the frame, removed some tabs (which I hoped I did not need anymore). I have decided to coat the frame and weld a box for the battery afterwards. It may not be the right but I need to see everything installed before I can think about a good place for it. I haven't seen this thing together in a long while now and I am still a novice so I need the visuals.

    My butt is ready! Came out incredible if I say so my self, handmade craftmanship and partly by my own hands. I am going to leave it as is, not exactly the the same bare steel cover as the rest but we'll see. I love the way you can see the hammered structure of the metal.

    Furthermore I cleaned the most gross carb. It did ran when I bought it but the left cilinder and exhaust were significantly cooler when running. And when opening full throtle at a certain RPM it bogged a bit. I borrowed an ultrasonic cleaner and went to town but the result is not that profound. It did got cleaner but the copper got a bit of a white rash (I was warned on the label).

    Next steps are going to be the blasting and coating of the frame (I found a little rusty hole in the frame, got to weld that up first), cleaning and rebuilding the carbs, making the seat and buying more stuff.

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    Sweet !!
    Thanks!
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