This Honda Bike Made Out of Rock Is Stone-Cold Awesome

For when Fred and Barney go cruising.
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For when Fred and Barney go cruising.
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It began, as so many questionable things do, as a challenge. German magazine Custombike invited readers to build the baddest MFer they could for a contest with only two rules: the cost had to stay below 5,000 Euro, and the resulting machine still had to ride under its own power.

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Chris Zernia thought the toughest material he knew is the basalt mined from the Eifel Mountains, so he got a 990-pound slab delivered and proceeded to carve out a hollow fuel tank, seat, side covers and headlight fairing for his 1982 Honda CX500.

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At 780 pounds, this hard rock Honda weighs about double its original curb weight, so Zernia reinforced its frame with additional steel tubing. 

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He apparently hopes to set a world speed record for stone motorcycles. There probably isn't a current record holder, which is good, because with its factory-stock 500cc engine's 55 horsepower, this bike isn't going to go very fast.

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The CX500 has long been ignored as custom bike fodder because of its homely lines and small engine, but some imaginative builders have shown that was a mistake, with impressive custom examples like these from Blacktrack and Auto Fabrica.

h/t: InsideHook