1972 Honda CB500 Custom Build Restomod Cafe Racer




Date : August 7, 2022
Year : 1972
Model : CB500
Location : Chula Vista, California, United States

1972 Honda CB500 Custom Cafe Racer Signature build by Alchemy Motorcycles.

This bike came to us in running condition, but it needed work on the aesthetics side.  We started by stripping the bike down to the bare essentials and cleaning up the frame.  We removed the airbox since we new we were going to run velocity stacks and relocated the battery under the cowl.  Custom cowl was made from fiberglass to house the battery and other electronics.  The wiring harness was built from scratch and new Rick’s regulator/rectifier was installed to support the Shorai lithium ion battery.  Center mounted headlight and clip-ons to clean up the cockpit with the new Cognito moto triple tree. New shortened throttle and clutch cables, as well as front brake line. Vintage inspired Tomasseli style gummy grips. New fork tubes and chromed fork bottoms with fresh All Balls seals and oil. New polished stainless Hagon shocks for rear suspension. New stainless Delkevic 4 into 1 exhaust with welded in baffle (the exhaust was too loud beforehand). Bimota rear sets and custom linkages.  Polished shouldered Boranni rims and hand polished Buchanan spokes were added to the chromed hubs. The engine top end was rebuilt since it had a minor base gasket leak with new pistons, rings, valve job and springs. Engine side covers, tapper covers, and caps have all been chromed. Polished stainless hardware was added as well.  Carburetors were disassembled, vapor honed, reassembled, and re-jetted with new genuine Keihin jets and floats. Carburetor intakes, caps, and bowls were chromed and placed back on the engine with new insulators.  Dynatek electronic ignition was added for reliability. Hand polished stainless button head bolts replaced most of the hardware throughout the project if it wasn’t re-plated in chrome.  The stock CB500 tank was swapped out with a clean CB550 tank.  The emblems and rear of the tank have been shaved for a cleaner look.  The tank, headlight, cowl, swingarm, and frame were all painted in BMW Silbergrau and polished to a show like finish.  Custom weatherproof Alcantara wrapped the seat pan.  New gold chain was added for a pop of color to play off of the brass on the rear sets.
We have many more photos and videos on our instagram and YouTube page of the bike running and build process.  If you have any questions or want to come to the shop to see the build first hand, feel free to reach out through eBay, instagram, our site, or phone.