Honda CB500T Cafe Racer: New Build

The Honda CB500T frame gets prepped for powder coating...

The Honda CB500T frame gets prepped for powder coating…

We have a new project build going on at MotoPreserve, a nifty Honda CB500T Cafe Racer.  The owner Miguel had gathered all the parts (or most of them) and asked if we would reassemble it for him.  Always eager to work on a bike we haven’t messed with before, we jumped on the opportunity…

The Honda CB500T, soon to be a Cafe Racer…

The forks and other parts had been painted "copper."

The forks and other parts had been painted “copper.”

When Miguel brought the bike to our shop, the first thing that jumped out at us was the fact that many of the parts had been painted a type of copper color, but not done very well.  While this may have been a good concept, the execution left something to be desired.  A brief consultation later, we had the go ahead to remove the copper paint, and get the parts powder coated with the frame.

In disassembling the forks, we were disappointed to find the area where the fork oil seal seats to be badly marred.  Someone had obviously been in there with a screwdriver, and not with a light touch.  This will cause oil leakage later – so we opted to find some new fork lowers.

The Honda CB500T fork internals...

The Honda CB500T fork internals…

After getting the forks apart, the internals look good, so hopefully we will only need to replace the lowers.  We ordered some new oil seals, and the forks will be reassembled once the parts are back from the powder coating.

This bike will have a Benjie seat and tank, which is all primed and ready to get painted.  We noticed that there is an issue with the way the petcocks seat to the bottom of the tank, so before painting, we will need to do some investigation to figure out how to ensure they seal up tight.

Other than that, the bike ‘should’ be a fairly straight forward build.  Stay tuned for the progress, which will be detailed here…

2 thoughts on “Honda CB500T Cafe Racer: New Build

  1. Famous last words! Good luck with the build, glad Sandy only dampned your roofs and not your spirits. Happy New Year!

  2. Truth be told, Sandy did not even really effect us here in this neighborhood. There is almost a feeling of guilt, having seen the devastation (some quite close to here), but not been directly effected by it. Doing what we can to help others keep their spirits high though – it’s the least we can do…

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