It’s always a pleasure to see the underdog overcome adversity and come out on top. Such is the case with the Honda CX500, known back in its hay day as the Plastic Maggot. Not the most flattering name we’ll admit. Ironically, today it’s one of the more sought after builds around for executing worthwhile custom projects. So without hesitation, the good folks over at BBCB Engineering gave it a go. Their subject? A 1978 Honda CX500, the first year of the maggot’s production.
To get things started the entire rear subframe and the fuel tank was cut off and then BBCB bolted their own CNC alloy subframes that instead incorporated the rear tank mount, seat mount, and top shock mount into one piece. Soon after, they crafted a new Cafe Racer tailpiece from fiberglass in order to offset the bulky new Deluxe fuel tank. They also outfitted the Honda with a set of 2014 Yamaha R6 Gold inverted forks and a whole new suspension and brake package, 310mm twin discs and a five-spoked lightweight wheel wrapped within a Michelin Pilot Power tire. Out the back, however, is a Ducati Monster shock with an upgraded and painted black Ohlins spring. They kept the stock wheel but decided a monstrous Michelin Commander tire was necessary and we have to say we completely agree. Plastic Maggot no more.