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Honda CBX custom

1979 Honda CBX custom motorcycle
In 1979, the Honda CBX Super Sport was the fastest production motorcycle in the world. And it still looks sharp today. This brutal-looking machine is owned by Javier Cragnolini, an Audi Technical Instructor from Florida, who rescued the bike from a drag racer.

“The bike had 3000-something miles, most of them at the strip. I installed a Jet kit from Tim’s CBX, and ended up modifying it a lot because of the cams on the engine; it still idles very rough, but she’s a sweet ride.”

Javier bolted on the front and rear end from a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10, and built a new exhaust system himself. Then he topped it all off with a custom wiring harness, a pair of fog lights from a parts store, and a modified Ducati Monster seat. “Having worked as a mechanic for German cars since I can remember, I always deal with a very complicated product,” says Javier. “This made me keep the bike extremely simple when I was building it.”

A good move by the sound of it, and a terrific result.

  • This looks great. Any other links to more pictures? The matte finish and other color schemes are the best I’ve seen for a CBX retro-mod project.

  • Woody

    These things have the best sound in the world, too. It’s like a bunch of angry hornets.

  • Mark

    That thing looks mean!

  • Mark

    I have one more pic in a post on my blog here:

    Not sure where I got it though!

  • it’s ridiculous how wide that engine is. got to love it though.

  • Fantastic bike. Be great for waking the neighbours up and just generally disturbing the peace.

  • James G. Ziegler

    I hope that you are a very experienced and careful rider because that, is a death machine. Have you considered draging it? That is the place for it in my opinon.

  • javier

    Thanks for the great comments guys.

  • Despite the mammoth engine it all looks balanced – awesome job!

  • Saweet!

  • Adrian

    Fantastic looking bike with a fantastic engine.

  • Octane

    Brilliant bike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Congratiolations on a job well done!

    Woody wrote:
    “..These things have the best sound in the world, too…”

    Yep! Here’s the sound of my slightly modified
    street CBX with 6-6 exhaust from Pipemaster

  • greg

    hey Javier
    great bike
    where i can find more photos?

  • BoneDaddy

    thats one meanass looking machine the japs have made some awesome bikes just put to much junk on them my question is I’m a chopper builder out of western PA and I’m would love to upgrade the cam assembly in my 1000 zuki motor but all I have found is shim kits and the stage 7 jets I can drill my own jetting but would like to add the cams with it have to embarass my Harley riding Uncle before I sell her so if you know anybody with the performance parts would be greatly appreciated and again awesome ride

  • Gaucho viejo nomas!!!! Todos tus proyectos estan increibles but this is so far the best one! Abrazos viejo. Augusto.

  • stev.p.eko

    great bike with brutal soul in this bike…..i love it….