Now, this is not your garden variety CX500.
We like that.
Long time Randakk’s customer Charles blessed our inbox with a cool story of his custom build that you have to read to believe:
“I talked to Randall Washington yesterday, as I hadn’t seen him in years. I didn’t know he had retired! Anyhow, we got to shooting the breeze and I shared a pic of a scrambler I built with him, and he suggested I send it here. Since I’m technically a customer (I have one of the very first GL1000 spin-on oil filter kits), it’s a customer bike and can go in the gallery 🙂
It’s a 1979 CX500 Deluxe frame, with an 83 GL650 motor and GL500 wiring harness, gauges, and ignition. The carbs are Murray’s VM34 Mikuni kit, the swingarm is a modified GL500 unit, with modified lower linkages for more ride height and to fit the clevis for the Hayabusa shock I’m running. Driveshaft is the front part of a CX500 shaft mated to the rear portion of a GL500 shaft, as the GL500 swingarm on a CX frame gives almost a 2″ longer wheelbase. Front forks and wheel are from a 1994 GSXR750. This fit with just a new top bearing and some spacers, and even retained the mechanical speedo drive. Calipers are 6-piston jobs from a 1998 GSXR750, and the radial master cylinder is from the same model. Tank was a NOS 1981 CX500D tank I had boxed on a shelf. Exhaust is custom, tire-hugging rear fender is custom (made from a GSXR750 front fender), radiator wings are custom (built from cut-down GL1000 radiator wings), under-slung battery mount is custom, and doubles as a 3/16” thick skid plate. The wheels are interesting. The front is a GSXR hub I had made custom by Cognito-moto (retaining the cable speedo drive), mated to a Warp-9 rim with stainless Buchanan spokes. The rear is a pair of EARLY moto-synthesis spoke rings with custom larger holes, to run the same 6mm spokes as the front wheel. Those rings are bolted to a disassembled Comstar hub, and again mated to a Warp-9 rim with buchanan spokes. Tires are Shinko 705s. Foot controls (shifter and brake pedal) are from a Turbo.
I call it my “650 Street Scrambler”, and it’s an absolute blast to ride!”
Incredible work, Charles and thank you for choosing Randakk’s Cycle Shack for all these years! Cheers!