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‘77 Honda CB500 – ‘La Bambina’


Posted on March 22, 2014 by Andrew in Brat, Classic. 33 comments

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It’s sad to say, but we hear a lot of bike build stories and not all of them end with a smiling owner riding off into the sunset with a quality build between their legs. For Italy‘s Giuseppe Pizzuto, his dream to own a classic Honda started well, and then took a sudden left turn into Nightmaresville. His solution to the problem was simple; he rebuilt the bike from the ground up. And this time he did it all by himself. Meet the Japanese phoenix called “La Bambina”.

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“Hello, my name is Giuseppe Pizzuto and this is my bike, ‘La Bambina’.  She’s a Honda CB500 four from 1977. She has a particularly interesting story. Some time ago, I entrusted her to a well-known brand of Italian customisers that I know. Aesthetically, they did a very nice job and the bike was published on many major blogs and magazines.”

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“Unfortunately, she was just beautiful on the pictures. The work done in real life was really bad. She was literally crumbling away. And later on I found out that I was not the only one. You can probably imagine my state of mind. I was down but I was not knocked out, which is why I decided to turn my house into a garage and work on her myself.”

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“From there I began to discover little by little, day after day, my real passion for customization. I did almost everything myself. The saddle, from the base to the padding, except for the stitching was all me. I also attached a stop at the base of the saddle. I created the belt that holds the battery and spent days painting many pieces of the engine.”

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“I spent more than a few days creating a system for attaching the fender to the swingarm. I handmade the Honda logo for the tank written in silver on black. I created a grid fixed around the brake fluid reservoir. You get my drift. The important thing, however, is that I did everything myself with my hands, in my own house!”

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“In the end, the misfortune I had was a very fortunate one. I had a great result and also got the satisfaction of having done it only with my own hands. My little girl is back and I’m happier than ever! I don’t mean to sound selfish, but in a way this is a little bit of revenge for me, and a very big dose of satisfaction. I hope you enjoy it.”