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‘79 Honda CX500 – Kingston Customs


Posted on February 24, 2014 by Andrew in Scrambler. 24 comments

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Another month and another killer creation from Gelsenkirchen’s Dirk OehlerKing and his merry band of men at Kingston Customs. As before, they’ve turned their nimble fingers to a Honda CX500 but this time they’ve taken it in a decidedly different direction. And that direction is mostly a hard left off the bitumen, onto the soft grass and up the nearest embankment. Introducing Kingston’s latest build – an amazing hybrid motorcycle they are calling the CXL500.

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Dirk filled us in thusly. “One day a friend came to the garage and brought a ’79 Honda CX500 with him. He asked me to see what I’d do with it. He didn’t want a Café Racer; he wanted a bike suitable for everyday life that he could also ride off-road. He wanted, he said, to ride it to the horse stable every day. Which gave me an idea…”

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“So I had the idea to build a mix between a street and an off-road bike. As Honda had built a CX500 and an XL500, it was obvious to us to build a Kingston Honda CXL500 Scrambler.”

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“The bike was stripped completely, the frame was glass bead blasted and modified, then painted. The engine was treated with a thermo-sensitive coating. It has an output of around 50 hp.”

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“We’re responsible for the bench seat, the battery box, the Aluminium fenders, the 2-into-1 exhaust manifold and the radiator grille & spoiler.”

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“We also added an exhaust pipe from Speed Products, footrests from a Yamaha XT600, a mini Cat’s Eye tail light, a K&N air filter, Lucas Stahlflex brake lines, a Shinyo front light and Heidenau K60 rubber (100/90-19 and 120/90-18). The ‘bars and the tank are standard pieces.

Overall, the style and paintwork was intended to remind you of the old Honda Enduros from the seventies.”

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[Photos by Dennis Zetlitz]








  • William Connor

    Love it. Might be my favorite CX500 yet. What work was done to the forks?

  • Mauro Toffanin

    This is so very nice! I like a lot the meticulous attention to details, especially the paintwork.

    • Kevin

      agreed 😉

      • Mauro Toffanin

        The force runs strong in that handlebar mustache 😀

        • Davidabl2

          Yes, stronger than the force of gravity…

  • itsmefool

    Love the stance, the paint and even that two-up saddle…looks comfy! Good job, KC!

  • gary

    This is sweet!

  • Very nice except for the chopper stance.

    • Bultaco Metralla

      I agree, it’s really good but for that.

    • Davidabl2

      Maybe, but just think how many CX’es Honda would have sold ‘in the day’ with that stance 😉

      The bike sure as hell shows the magic of paint and finish.

  • Lehlend

    So… What did you do to make it dual purpose?

    • Kevin

      I think he meant to say look dual purpose than actually be dual purpose … don’t think this bike would be the wisest choice to take off road … that’s why they make dirt bikes

      • arnold

        I think I see what this bike was going for, SL 350,around the turn of the seventies.
        Blue is how I remember them though.
        Not real bad off road, I raced Eastern Enduro on a lightly modified XL 250.
        Heavy, but good gearing and bullet proof. No great finishes, but no DNF s either.
        Very nice memories brought up by this presentation.ald

        http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/moto_models/HONDA_SL-350-1969_main.jpg

        • JBB2

          Maybe more like a ’75 XL250:

    • Davidabl2

      Dual purpose styled, “not that there’s anything wrong with that” (Seinfeld)

  • Nice – so good and subtle it looks like a factory bike.

    • Davidabl2

      Actually looks like what a factory bike SHOULD look like..but doesn’t.

      • I agree with you 100%. I like the look of the radiator surrounds – I’d like to see that on a factory bike.

        • Davidabl2

          How to handle the radiator mounts and surrounds has got to be a major design challenge for any bike that’s not air/oil cooled.
          Even some of the air/oil cooled bikes fall down on this.

          • bartsky7

            and you ain’t just whistling ‘Dixie’……fxxken hate rads on bikes…they belong on cars….

  • Fantome_NR

    forks look way too long.

  • bill smith

    Perfection! The best CX I have ever seen.

  • Pete Hemlock

    is the front tire mounted backwards or am i schizo?

  • bartsky7

    love it…..but don’t love the radiator..