A Custom Motorcycle Shop Turned a Classic Honda GL500 Into a Retro-Cool Masterpiece

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When motorcycle enthusiasts say that the 1981-82 Honda Silver Wing GL500 was “bad,” they mean that it was a lame ride that nobody would want.

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But when Germany’s Motoism reworked that sad miniature touring bike into a kick-ass bobber/scrambler, “bad” takes on its colloquial meaning of “very good.”

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In the best tradition of hot rodding, Motoism started by stripping the GL500 of its heavy, ugly touring fairing, saddlebags, seat and other associated junk, revealing the longitudinal, water-cooled V-twin engine and backbone frame beneath.

We’ve seen this CX500-based foundation built into incredible customs, especially the stunning Blacktrack BT-01.

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With the now-blank canvas as a starting point, Motoism has added the knobby Continental tire/spoke wheel combo demanded of the scrambler fad, along with a shortened bobbed seat and high-mounted BOS Exhausts muffler.

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That is a custom fiberglass housing for the LED headlights, giving the GL500-JPN custom its unique appearance, and it is backed up by an inverted fork and brakes borrowed from a CBR600RR and a Ohlins rear shock.

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Motoism promises to build ten of these vastly improved GL500s, but you’ll have to negotiate with them for the exact pricing. Practice your German.

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Dan Carney