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Heavy Hitter: A CX500 with bodywork carved from stone

Heavy Hitter: A CX500 with bodywork carved from stone

A Honda CX500 customized with basalt stone bodywork by Chris Zernia of Germany.
We live in strange times. So it feels right to kick off 2017 with one of the strangest customs we’ve seen in the history of Bike EXIF.

Yes, this is a fully functioning motorcycle with stone bodywork. It’s a 1982 Honda CX500 modified by Chris Zernia, who lives in Mendig, Germany, and is clearly one wave short of a shipwreck.

A Honda CX500 customized with basalt stone bodywork by Chris Zernia of Germany.
The bike is Zernia’s entry into the charmingly-named “Build da Fukker” contest run by the German magazine Custombike. Not surprisingly, Zernia is now one of the three finalists in the competition.

The stone is basalt, mined from the Eifel mountain range a few kilometers away from Zernia’s house. Basalt is a dense volcanic rock, and rather heavy, but it can be shaped relatively easily.…

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