During its initial release, the Honda CX500 didn’t receive a whole lot of love. Ridiculed for its small stature, many in the industry referred to the little motorcycle that could as the “plastic maggot.” After a brief 5 year stint, Honda decided to pull the plug on the little guy. However, small stature and poor reputation didn’t stop Cameron Smyth of Smyth Innovations to put a little twist on an old unappreciated model.
As you can see, Smyth successfully built out this bike to resemble a motorcycle that appeared ready for rough terrain but used primarily for city transport. They started with a 1979 vintage VX500 bike and developed it out quite nicely, keeping the stock CX engine but replacing the clutch plates and springs, rebuilding the water pump and fitting a Murray’s Mikuni carb kit on the CX. Next, they swapped in a 2007 GSXR 750 front end with dual discs and added new Spieler brake lines. They also completely rebuilt the rear shaft drive hub and laced the bike with a set of 17” Sun Rims with Buchanan stainless steel spokes. As for the client, we’re sure he’s pleased with this “Filthy Cupcake.”