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1975 Honda CB500T ‘Blackjack’ – Gasser Customs

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 20 comments

By guest writer Ian Lee.

This article involves climate change. Not global warming, but an extreme climate change nonetheless. From a location in the world where most people can only ride for half of the year due to the cold, to the tropical beaches of California, Gasser Customs has made the change from ice to nice. One thing hasn’t changed though, they are still turning out sweet rides. Last time we caught up with Gasser he was based in Ontario, Canada, but looking to move south. Six months down the track and the Canuck bike builder is mixing it up with all Cali has to offer in custom bikes, and adding his own style to the scene.

‘Blackjack’, the latest Gasser build started off with a simple idea, and built from there. The concept of twin overhead cams put visions of old school speed into Gasser’s head, and the build was started. Taking a metallic purple Honda CB500T, the bike was stripped down completely, and no component left untouched.

The bare frame was double powder coated, and a custom hoop fitted to suit the fibreglass seat made for this build. A perforated stainless inner fender helps to save weight, showing one of Gasser Custom’s signature build concepts, that of the art of the drill. The fuel tank was epoxy lined during the build, and a custom gauge cluster fabricated to suit the flowing lines of the bike. Gasser’s trademark of polished highlights mixed with dark tones, is shown by mucho aluminium,  offset by satin black paint.

The powerplant has been treated to a full rebuild, with Gasser opting for oversized pistons on reassembly. With the cylinder head has been planed, and the valves cut, this helped the builder achieve his goal of boosting the power of the bike. The carburettors have been stripped down and rebuilt, a fully custom 2 – 1 stainless exhaust culminating in a Thruxton silencer at the rear of this drilled out machine.

Bridgestone Spitfire are the tire of choice for this bike, wrapped around the standard rims laced with Buchanan stainless spokes. A progressive suspension system sits at the rear of the bike, allowing for a mix of riding styles depending on the mood of the owner. The front rotor had been cross drilled, the calliper rebuilt and new brakes fitted front and rear.

From the cold climate of Canada, to the sunny beaches of west coast America, Gasser Customs is showing it’s capability as a custom bike builder. Gasser’s build quality is right up there, with signature build concepts letting you know who customised the bike, and letting you know this bike isn’t just for show. ‘Blackjack’ is heading north to be with it’s new owner, who knows that with only 6 months of the year to ride, he is going to need something special to do it on.

  • Folke Bredkjær

    Sweet ride. I like the daring touch of yellow – and that it pull it off. Beatiful classic lady with at little edge.

  • FSAE

    Great. Looking. Bike. If I had to be picky, the one thing that doesn’t fit are the footpegs, but otherwise a very well-executed build.

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  • Lewn

    Lovely, very close to something I’d like to build, maybe some different colors. See people chrome headers look the best! Can’t understand why people fark about with pipe wrap and coatings.

    • Gasser Customs

      Thanks guys! We actually built the entire 2-2 exhaust system out of stainless steel then polished it to a mirror finish. Check out the video on it here!

  • That is one cool, classy CB500. I really like the details including lightening holes in the rear brake backing plate and the motor side cover. I also appreciate all the polishing – I’ve done it and know how much work it takes – beautiful bike – you should be proud of it.

  • TheBluePig

    I would just love that in my garage! You can’t go wrong with matt black and chrome either.

  • KP

    Beautiful bike, lovely stitching on the seat and gorgeous polishing and drilling on the alum bits. Small correction though….that isn’t a 2-1 exhaust.

  • Justin McClintock

    Love everything about it except those switches between the gauges. I’d have used some aircraft toggles there. But everything else…the drilling, the polishing, the paint, the seat, the tail…all of it looks amazing.

  • im a fan of the dohc twin , would fit rearsets though for a tougher riding position

  • Lucas Manchego

    The two plastic square switches between the gauges would have looked mighty nice as a pair of toggle switches, ahhh what am I thinking… this bike is too nice to nit pick. love the seat

  • bart65

    beautiful bike….well done.

  • Cliff Overton

    Love CB450’s and 500’s and built a similar one to this recently.

    But I have taken off the stock carbs and gone for Mikuni’s as the old ones on pod filters just weren’t working for me, no matter how hard I tried.

    (Sorry – image double posted, can you drop one?)

    • Peter (cafepete)

      Very nice! Cool to see a fellow cafe builder from Ontario!

  • bart65

    on second viewing I can see how the custom pipes really take the bike to the next level…they’re perfect…

  • Pasha

    Wonder where they housed the ECU, fuse box and battery? To keep it all clean.

  • Mac

    What colour code is that? Stunning.

  • poop

    love it! fine work on a cb.

  • Sam Buck

    Love the Bike. We are currently doing the same bike in my Auto Shop class. Kids are loving it. I hope you don’t mind, we are going to take some of your ideas. We are giving you credit, we linked your page to our class web page. . Thanks Again. Love it

  • Coqueiro

    Hi all, do you have no problem with new air filter with decompression carburator ?
    My mechanical make me carefull on this operation….