Saturday 28 September 2013

CX Cafe

I've always been very fond of cafe-racers, bar-end mirrors and Honda CXs, long before it became fashionable. So this picture makes me nostalgic for my own CX. They're lovely bikes with a particularly fine motor. And they're not the staid little plodders that most people think, they are surprisingly quick. They red-line at 10 or 11,000 RPM and once you go over 7,000, the motor goes wild. 

So, I look at this picture and I think - "I'd love to have a go on that!".

But would I go and build another one? I don't think so. They handle okay on dry roads, but in the wet they're a bit scary. And the brakes are pretty awful. And they have a few recurring problems with the cooling fan and the alternator for example. But people seem to be crazy about turning them into cafe racers and consequently they're relatively expensive. And if you look around at what else is available for similar money... Well for me it's a no brainer.

But I'd still love a go on this one...

CX500 Cafe Racer

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