Honda GL500 – Black beauty

Maybe in a shade of XV 920 splendor we’ve completed not that shout-out-loud bike. It’s Honda GL500 from 82′ and it looks like it’s becoming our specialty to build this glorious machines. It supposed to be black, and it is black. Mean. Beautiful. Something about the build: GSXR 750 front …

Ugly#05 Honda GL500 82′ – done.

Good times.

This bike was a true challenge to build. I struggle to find the right balance and lines on the rear end of GL500 frame. It’s much easier with CX500 where You got single tube between carburettors. Here on Silverwing You got this fat straight lines of frame and Pro Link swing arm.

I hope You like the bike and photos. I’ve started to work with my friend photographer and the effects to me was stunning.

…ahead more challenges Suzuki GSX 1200 Inazuma and <hold it  >…..BMW K1200RS !

Photos by Bartosz Mokrzycki

The crash

Since it’s not only a motorcycle crafting page but it is filled with riding factor, I’ll share a story with you all. Last Thursday I had an accident. I’m ok, hopefully will get out of the hospital soon. Speed was low, a guy didn’t see me and I was on a main street. Whatever. We motorcyclists are the ones who carry all the psychical aspects of the crash – that is when we survive one, like I did. 
It’s not easy to ride in that jungle especially when you have kids and family.


I just wanted to say ride safe to all 2wheeled folks out there! 
See you on the streets
 

The Seat.

Long time waited.

GL500 seat. 

Ash wood with solid rings structure buffed by red wood paint and covered with few solid varnish coats. Brown leather with vintage stripes sowed by our friend. Still waiting for mounting the light where the old will meet the future.

Glorious detail about to complete bike overall effect.

Ugly Honda GL 500 being built.

We started this build in January. You may follow other posts from the build, but now check some more details.

We tried to merge, what is hard to combine. Classic and sporty. This build took more time during the design process than others. It wasn’t easy to make it look and feel connected.

Relax and scroll the photos.

Time to build.

Quietly, in my workshop, I made few steps forward with Honda GL500.

I welded rear subframe, reworked rear damper and adopt Yamaha R1 spring. Frame and stuff got sand blasted and repainted. I worked on seat, engine, wheels and handlebar instruments.

Next step is to match this work into one glorious machine.

I still wait for rear rubber, mufflers, fenders both front and rear and K&N RC-9410.

Take a look at first lines. I’ll update this gallery with some build progress.