Spherical Two – Jackson Racing Honda CX500/R Cafe Racer

Round Two – Jackson Racing Honda CX500/R Cafe Racer

A second attempt at anything in life usually results in a better outcome than the first. Whether it’s sitting for an exam, baking a cake or building a custom motorcycle. Having a second go is an opportunity to redeem oneself or simply improve upon your first try. Such was the case with this Honda CX500 cafe racer built by a family trio by the name of Jackson. Father and sons Craig, Sam and Max Jackson began their journey of motorcycle […]

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A second try at something in life often ends in a greater end result than the primary. Whether or not it’s sitting for an examination, baking a cake or constructing a customized bike. Having a second go is a chance to redeem oneself or just enhance upon your first strive. Such was the case with this Honda CX500 cafe racer constructed by a household trio by the identify of Jackson.

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Father and sons Craig, Sam and Max Jackson started their journey of bike customisation collectively 9 years in the past.

“I began constructing as a result of I couldn’t discover a bike that seemed precisely the way in which I needed. I don’t like driving or using the identical factor everybody else has. I would like one thing fully distinctive,” says Craig. “After a number of lengthy months of looking out, I got here throughout the cafe racer type. I instructed my boys, who have been 15 and 19 years previous on the time, that I used to be about to aim to construct a customized bike and requested them in the event that they needed to construct their very own with me. So we purchased and constructed our first three customized bikes collectively.”

Craig’s profession as a software program and electrical engineer within the semiconductor business spans some 27 years; his curiosity in bikes goes proper again to his childhood. After rising up atop mini bikes Craig finally progressed to motocross racing, a ardour that he’s pursued for properly over 30 years. Competing at a Grand Nationwide Championship degree he is aware of his manner round a motorbike and he’s shared that information along with his sons.

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Taking round 5 months to finish the Jackson CX500R was a undertaking that Craig and his son Max first accomplished in 2013.

“As our expertise improved our ideas returned to this bike so we determined to make some drastic enhancements. The unique construct retained the inventory forks and the dealing with was horrible. The rear subframe and tail weren’t consistent with the tank. The pipe wrapped gentle metal exhaust was beginning to rust. The thin wheels and tires didn’t do a ‘racer’ any justice. And the unique tank with its black with crimson stripe stickers was in nice form for its age, however we would have liked it to be excellent.”

Together with desirous to show to themselves that they may do higher, the boys have been additionally spurred on by the announcement of the 2020 Handbuilt Present in Austin, however for causes we’re all conscious of, the bike didn’t make its debut till the 2022 occasion.

Whereas some builders are sticklers for performance Craig’s wants are considerably easier.

“I actually don’t care in any respect if it isn’t comfy to experience,” he admits. “I would like it to look good sitting nonetheless and look good whereas using it. When it’s accomplished, I would like my pure response to be ‘I wanna throw a leg over that!”

With a purpose to obtain his purpose, Craig spends lots of his time looking at his bikes. After making a modification he research it from completely different angles and if one thing doesn’t look proper he has no drawback tearing it off and beginning over. Craig additionally invests lots of time in how his bikes sound. As he explains it, the exhaust word is the voice of the bike and it isn’t nearly extreme sound, however getting simply the suitable tone and growl to “offer you chills”.

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

The second customized construct of this 1980 Honda CX500 started with the gas tank. The brand new paintwork by Mike Lapp is all hand laid for exact alignment and a way more skilled trying end. The tank was additionally raised 4 inches within the rear to degree out the bike’s bone line. To complete it off the tank acquired a set of ‘Jackson’ tank badges which have been mounted utilizing the unique Honda emblem brackets.

With its deep knee indents, the CX500 gas tank is properly suited to the cafe racer type, however its proportions left the inventory wheels trying a lot too skinny. To treatment that the Honda entrance finish was swapped out for a totally adjustable 2003 Yamaha R1 various. To beef issues up additional, the 17 inch R1 hoop has been wrapped in MotoZ Tractionator GPS 130/80-17 rubber.  Then got here the more difficult activity of modifying the rear.

“The rear wheel design began with the tire and we labored backwards from there,” remembers Craig. “The tire match within the swingarm however then we had to determine how one can get a wheel that might maintain it. The rear wheel construct began with the unique hub and spokes from a 16” ComStar. This was mounted to customized tabs welded to a clean 5.5” broad Takasago EXCEL Rim. Round that may be a 6.5” broad MotoZ Tractionator GPS 150/70-B15 rear tire. We needed to notch the drive shaft facet of the swingarm to get the tire wedged in there!”

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Together with the unorthodox rear-wheel setup, Craig and his sons fully revised the CX500’s rear suspension which now makes use of a single mono-shock versus a twin shock association. The conversion started with some heavy modification of the subframe. The brand new design leveraged supplies scavenged from the unique centre stand and now helps a hand-crafted seat and rear cowl. Within the centre of the subframe is the shock mount which has a Yamaha YZF 600 R mono-shock bolted to it. On the reverse finish, it secures to a mounting bracket that has been welded to the inventory swingarm. This method resulted in a firmer rear finish that may be adjusted to swimsuit the rider.

“I do know from my motocross background that the using place is important!” says Craig. “So the entire association has been drastically modified to position the arms, ft and physique within the optimum place for assured management whereas blasting down twisting again roads or making avoidance manoeuvres.”

With the bike’s geometry, stance and dealing with sorted Craig and his sons centered their efforts on honing its look.

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Of all of the modifications they made it’s the entrance finish that basically stands out. Somewhat than a customary single headlight, Craig opted for a twin projector lamp configuration. The two lamps sit in a customized made meeting coated by a tiny windscreen.

Sitting between the forks and the engine is one other surprising mod within the type of 2 panes of precision-cut glass. Mounted utilizing rubber cushioned {hardware} the glass shrouds encompass the bike’s radiator. The radiator itself has additionally been given a brand new look by stripping the paint from the highest and base to disclose the brass beneath which has been polished by hand.

The engine itself was additionally been given a radical clear previous to being resprayed. Alloy elements just like the consumption manifolds and carb tops and bottoms have been polished and an entire stainless bolt equipment was put in. With the air field gone and the body opened up the battery now lives in a customized field that sits the place the centre stand and exhaust cross over used to reside.

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Craig wasn’t searching for blistering efficiency from the CX500 so engine modifications have been restricted to the fundamentals.

“The consumption and exhaust at the moment are open and flowing so carb modifications have been required to present the bike extra gas to match the extra air consumption wants,” he explains. “Particular person exhaust pipes for every cylinder are important for completely tuning and synchronization of multi-carb engines. The customized twin exhaust is all chrome steel and took two weeks to construct. We mounted the guidelines first, completely positioned beneath the tail, then began wrapping the exhaust across the engine following the strains to make it look as pure as doable.”

Craig could be very glad to report that not solely does the CX500R look nice, however it’s additionally a blast to experience. Because of the revised suspension the Honda handles like a contemporary sports activities bike and the slight enhance in energy and superior exhaust word make this second try an actual winner.


Pictures by Alex Garza

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

Jackson Honda CX500 cafe racer

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