The turnaround in the reputation of the Honda CX500 is quite remarkable. Despite its unsavory nicknames, the water-cooled V-twin is now in serious demand by customizers—three decades since production ended.
It’s not an easy bike to modify. The tank sits awkwardly on the frame, higher at the front than the back. And behind the engine, said frame bears more resemblance to a Victorian baby stroller than a motorcycle capable of doing the ton.
So we have great admiration for the handful of builders who can make a CX500 look good. And it’s a pleasure to induct a new builder into that esteemed company: Justin Holmes of PopBang Classics, a small custom shop on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Justin is a one-man show, specializing in pre-85 bikes of any make or model.…