Ok so here it starts, in a fortnight i'm taking a couple weeks off work and will be rebuilding a CX500a. Have been searching through the net and found some very interesting modifications (streetfighters and choppers ) Have two bikes to build from- an 81 that is complete and running (but needs a real good tune up) the other is an 80 model that altough seems to be in good nick is in 100 pieces. Currently the plan is to build one from the two- then fiddle with the looks. Naturally as these bikes are lucky to fetch $1500 on the market it will be on a stringent budget. Although undecided, here are my current thoughts to make it look more cafe racer or streetfighter like: Straight handlebars ( or clip ons?) Paint strip and recover (matt black?) would like to get my hands on a set of streetfighter headlights but will wait and see. lower ride height (hmmm.. no idea how) one bike already has no mufflers- instead two flared pipes that make the bike heard from about 4 blocks away :? :grin: so have standard pipes for rego then might pop the others back on. Will keep you all updated on the progress- have been playing with cars since i was a little tacker and taught myself to service my own bikes years ago (have 4.5 Gb of motorcycle manuals ) But this will be my first 'overhaul' on a bike before. As the CX500 is older than i am i know only what i have read about it from the early 80's. Would be really interested to hear from anyone who has owned/ played with these things- let me know your experience or modifications. I have also got the impression from time time that some of you out there think that fiddling with a mouldy old CX500 is like polishing a turd. Fair enough, i want to hear from you too. Cheers!