1973 CB500 Cafe Racer
Whats your name and where are you from?
Jordan McGhee, Chardon Ohio
How long have you been riding and building motorcycles?
I got my first Motorcycle when I was 12yrs old, a 1971 SL70 for $300. I have been riding and wrenching ever since. My first Street bike was a 1976 CB750 that I built when I was 16yrs old (a rat bike with a tractor seat ) and I was riding it with my Motorcycle temps by the time I turned 17.
I'm 31yrs old now, you figure it out. I build bikes, I don't do math. ;)
Tell us about the bike (year, make, model)
This one is a 1973 CB500 started as a customer build.. he then sold it back to me, and I added my own custom touches to it. I was really going for that vintage race bike look. .. and me being 6'2" 270lbs I'm a bit large for this bike, so I built it for my Fiancee, and she currently rides it (and has dropped it too)
You had mentioned this bike has an interesting back story, could you tell us about that?
Like I said before It was originally a customer build. I was working at a different shop at the time and this bike came in for a Cafe build. It was a clean cb500 but it didn't run, and the wiring was terrible.
I rebuilt the carbs (like really rebuilt them.. jets were JB-welded into place when it came in) re wired it, added new coils, an electronic ignition, a cafe tail section, I built the seat by hand and had it wrapped in leather, put on fresh tires and brakes, and to top it all off we fabbed up a monoshock setup for it. Then we gave it back to the customer.
A few years later I saw it on Craigslist for $1400.. the owner simply didn't want it anymore (he had about three time as much invested into the bike)
I jumped on the deal, I even paid him an extra $100 to make it a $1500 purchase (I felt bad paying so little for the bike)
After I got it back I gave it a top to bottom cleaning, welded different exhausts on it, drilled the front rotor, added the fairing to the front, clip on handlebars, re jetted the carbs, repainted the bike and had it pin striped as well. Now it's a slick looking bike that is also a reliable rider.
We've seen this bike making the rounds on the show circuit, are there any upcoming shows you'll be displaying this build?
Not that I can think of. It's been to the shows, now it's time to ride it.
Where can people find ya? (website, facebook, instagram)
@Farmtownmotors .. Facebook and Instagram. Or just Google farmtown Motors and come directly to my shop. .. we are open when I'm here, and closed when I'm not... And there is always beer in the fridge
Photos by Zane Cook