BACK TO BASICS: Honda CX500 by Kaspeed

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Written by Martin Hodgson

In any rapidly changing environment that experiences enormous growth in a short period of time, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals. A true cafe racer was never meant to be a rolling showcase of the industry’s most expensive components in a stationary automotive sculpture. So taking things back to basics, Germany’s Kaspeed craft clever customs that are riders bikes first and foremost. Simplifying and improving every area of the motorcycle until like this 1980 Honda CX500 it’s ready to put an enormous smile on its new owner’s dial.

Located in Saxony the team of mechanic father and his two sons, one a mechanical engineer with race experience and the other a technical model designer for the car industry, they bring a quality over quantity approach to everything they do. As Jimmy tells us, the goal for the CX500 was to build a “bespoke classic Cafe Racer, keeping the original look and feel, upgraded with modern components and reduced to the essentials as they did in the ’60s and ’70s”.

To do things right the donor bike was stripped down so that every last component could be inspected and the meticulous build commenced. The subframe has been modified to give a smooth transition into the new looped tail. Before the chassis and shaft-drive equipped swingarm were tidied up and given a dusting of black powder coat. Unlike most CX builds the bike retains the factory side covers, with a body worked till beautiful stock tank and custom made tail hump.

These pieces are all treated to a brilliantly laid down black gloss paint job with gold race numbers to break up the panels. While a custom built alumin

Cross Country Chase stops at Crystal H-D

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Cross Country Chase stops at Crystal H-DWe catch up with the Cross Country Chase at Crystal Harley-Davidson! We talk to Jason Sims, the brainchild behind the chase, to get a bit of insight and also, Jody Perewitz a dynamic rider breaking records everywhere she goes, gives us her experience on the chase, so far. Owner of Crystal H-D Steve Lamb gives us his take on the event, as well!

Three members of Southern Cross motorcycle club killed including a married couple sharing a bike

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — What was supposed to be a recreational ride for members of a Virginia motorcycle club has left three dead and two injured after one bike’s crash set off a chain of other wrecks along a highway.

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Southern Cross motorcycle club founder Teddy Newsome said Monday that he and seven members had gone out for a joy ride Saturday. He told The Richmond Times-Dispatch he was leading the way as the members, some carrying two people per bike, followed. Then, he saw the first bike go down, as three other motorcycles behind it lost control and crashed, some hitting guard rails.

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Police say three people died, including a married couple sharing a bike. Two more remain in the hospital. State Police are investigating. Sgt. Keeli Hill said speed was a factor.

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