For a bike that was known as the “plastic maggot,” this custom CX500 has certainly transformed into quite a majestic butterfly. Dirk Oehlerking with Kingston Custom is the man behind this amazing metamorphosis, taking a middleweight motorcycle from the late 70s.
The bike’s transverse V-twin engine received a sheen of thermo-sensitive coating, while the exhaust manifold is wrapped with thermal tape. That comfy bench seat is handmade, along with the battery box, fenders, foot brake lever, and the pint-sized fairing on top. There’s a modified Harley exhaust, footrests from an XT 600 Yamaha, stub handlebars via Fehling, a Bates headlight with a Harley cap, and tires by Avon.