It’s always a tough job to take on a half completed build. We’ve had it happen before, a deflated customer comes in after a bad experience wanting their dream bike built how they imagined it. They bike they’ve received isn’t up to scratch and now we are tasked to fix it.

A lot of shops would turn them away, but in the interest of seeing this guy and his bike happy on the road I couldn’t do it. So here’s a fairy tale ending to what could have been a nightmare that our rider Joseph never woke up from.

Check the full blog on how we rescued this Honda CX500 here

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Hey Dale,

Nearly all modern motorcycle shocks will be too soft of spring rate.
This is from the high leverage ratio when doing the conversion
What you need to do is simply find a monoshock the correct length and have it custom built for the correct spring rate.


On the middle of converting a 1980 euro e model with air monoshock .
Wanted to replace this old standard mono shock unit with more modern looking one.
Would you please give me ideas on a donor bike to use their mono shock.
Thank you Dale

Dale Williams

Hey mate nice work
I build a cafe racer too and look for a colour, yours look really perfect for my bike
Can you say me the colour code from this bike?
Best greetings Martín

Martin Maurus

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