Honda CX500 Scrambler begins to take shape…

The CX500 Scrambler gets a new tail section...

The CX500 Scrambler gets a new tail section…

Awhile back our friend Stefan came to us with a bike and a vision.  A couple brainstorming sessions, and the concept of his Honda CX500 Scrambler was born…

The Honda CX500 Scrambler gets chopped…

Chop, weld, shape... Honda CX500 Scrambler gets a new tail section.

Chop, weld, shape… Honda CX500 Scrambler gets a new tail section.

The first thing on the agenda was to tidy up the tail section.  There are several variations of the CX500, and this Deluxe model has some strange lines.  At the rear of the bike, the tubes taper into more rectangular hollow bars.  We used the cut-off wheel to chop the bars from the tail end, making sure to shape and hide the cuts.  Needing a way to mount the flex tail light, we shaped and fab’d a custom “loop” which tied into the new cuts.  A steel support was cut and then welded to the frame to mount the custom seat.

The flex tail light mounted on the rear "loop"

The flex tail light mounted on the rear “loop”

The “loop” needed to match the lines of the cut frame, but also tie into the shape of the seat.  We were looking to make it be as invisible as possible.  After the aluminum was shaped, we painted it with a protective enamel we have found to match these old frames nicely.  Once the paint was dry, we got it installed.  Measurements and shaping seemed good, and the light fit the new tail section just fine.  Flex LED tail lights (can be used for turn signals too) are a little tough to keep bent to shape.  After using the 3M double-sided tape that comes on the light, we used some clamps to keep it in place.  Now it seems to be holding nicely.

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