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    Thinking of getting one of these

    Hello All.

    I am a 50+ year old with a MV Agusta F4 750 and it has become quite a pain to ride it for long distances. My age and other sports injuries have caught up with me and the riding has become less of a pleasure these days.

    I have been looking at getting an older bike and then converting it either a bobber or a cafe racer. Seen a few CX500 based bikes and liked it.

    If I were to start on this route, what should I be looking for so that I don't end up with a money pit?

    I really appreciate your help and assistance in this new venture.

    My Regards

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I had never heard of the MV Agusta F4 750, and now that I searched for a few images, I'll give my input. It is not to be taken as gospel, just my perception.

    Considering what you said about your physical comfort and age, I can't see how a modified CX in any form could ease you.

    This GL500 Silverwing Interstate was completely restored when I got her a few years ago, and at my age of 60, with my ailments, could not trust myself to be safe on the road with her......so I gave her to my good friend here, WiscoKid.

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    The ailments you possess certainly dictate what you can and cannot be comfortable with, but above all, if you can't be safe and in total control, no bike will suffice. And that is where I stand now, bikeless.

    I can't speak much to bobbers or cafe's based on the CX/GL line other than some are visually tasteful, yet I would have never gone that route. The pure stock form has always been more my eye. I've had three variants over 15+ years.

    It would seem to me, based on what you stated, that you would likely be unhappy with the options you pose.
    As I said, my 2 cents only.

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    Thanks very much for your very considered 2 cents. I appreciate it.

    I am basically looking for something to occupy my time and a project like this to do something worthwhile is what I am looking for.
    When I finished the bike restoration/rebuild, I may not ride too many times a year and just tinker with it.

    I know that CX bikes are pretty reliable and they have that shaft drive which I think is great and I just fancy the idea of it really.

    If you have any tips on what I should look out for when buying a second hand CX500, please hand them down and they will be gratefully received.
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    Tom

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    A bobber style CX 500C might work. Lowering a bike lowers its centre of gravity and makes it more managable. I would fit shocks though.

    Get a seat and bars you can live with and you may be sweet.

    Be aware these bikes are around 220 kg and slightly top heavy.

    Joels GL would probably be one of the worst due to the fairing.
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    Ttzboy, the Augusta is a great bike and up their as one of my favourites, but can understand your level of discomfort during long distances as well as control level with such a powerful bike-but you may be pushing 50 years old plus, but I don't know you or confidence level, but only going by what you mentioned. Probably a good idea to sell the F4 and if you want to go the CX route, it may be in your best interest to ride one stock. As soon as you start chopping it to a bobber or cafe style, I fear you'll be back in the same situation you are now in terms of your safety, comfort and such. Don't let age be a deterrent as 50 is still very young, but choose something ergonomic that will suite your situation.

    On a side note, what will you be asking for the Augusta?
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    Hello chocolatelvis.
    Well, I do feel very young for being in my early fifties. The reason I want to build a bobber or a cafe racer is that I can control the seat height, handle bar reach and other variables that would suit me rather than the other way around. It would also be something that I enjoy doing with my hands and seeing something grow from start to finish.

    The MV is for sale on EBAY - MV Agusta F4 750 1+1 - 2001 model - Silver/Red | eBay

    It has had plenty of love and attention and I just feel like there is not much I could do to bike other than put more carbon parts.
    It is time to let one go and start another project.

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    Holy Crap!
    I can't see how you ever be satisfied with a CX500 coming from an MV.
    I have a Harley Fatboy and a stock CX500. The Harley is smooth at all speeds. The CX while not to bad, does has high frequency vibrations. I have noticed much greater wind resistance on the CX at 60 and above. I guess the Harley front end blocks the wind better. Consider a windscreen for you next bike. My next door neighbor as a garage full of Ducati's including a Super Lagera, Deville, Monster and a couple real race bikes. So I get the riding position. He just picked up a Ronin 47. It has not been on it yet as he is still waiting for a title. They are building them and shipping, but no title yet
    Good Luck with your decision.

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    If I were you and had some MV money lying around, I'd take a hard look at one of these. Find your own Deluxe or Standard CX and buy the kit from Caferacerkits.co.uk
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    Turned 60 last week. My bike needs a triple bypass urgently because the cam chain is stretced to the limmit of what the automatic tensioner can allow. Had a triple coronary bypass myself at age 42 , but still enjoying my 81 gl 500 silverwing, with the upright sitting position and the big original fairing and protective wind screen. Cross winds traveling at 120km/h , and huge trucks, admittedly do scare me a bit on the open road, but i don't take l o n g tours anymore ( occationally 400 km at the most ). I just ride/commute almost daily , in comfort, weather permitting, for the pure joy it still gives. . It does not matter how far or how long you yourself will go with a twisted v twin honda - but you will take great pleasure in the ride and the maintenance and the modifications to be done , of this lovely old school machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FATBOY View Post
    Holy Crap! The CX while not to bad, does has high frequency vibrations.
    Chuckle, chuckle ... the high frequency vibrations in the CX is to keep the carburators spotlessly clean , the ultrasonic way
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