17 Apr 2015

Raw Candy - CB500

My good friend Berend-Christiaan van Heuvelen, better know as BC to the rest of the world, built this beautiful CB500. It too him ages to send me these pictures, but it was worth the wait. :)

When I call BC he always answers the phone with: "Wat is er kapot aan je motor?" 
BC always helps me out on the phone when I have problems with one of my bikes, everything I know about fixing bikes I learned from him, thanks dude! 

Check out the rest of his work on his Raw Candy blog
About the bike:

"Hi lenny,
Last year, I 'built' or rebuilt this bike. It was supposed to be a café styled bike for myself, but then I got a call from Joost C. asking me if I had a bike for sale or could build him one.
I told him I'd like to build one. But I only make things I would like to ride myself.

He had a couple of requirements as well. First thing; Big tires. Second: a seat that would accommodate a passenger. And it had to have a lean look. Low when possible.

I liked the idea, but told him I would not use Firestone deluxe tires , pipe wrap or a thin flat seat. To me they are the custom bike equivalent of an Opel Vectra.

That was OK.;"As long as the tires are chunky, dude. They have to be big" was the reply.

The tank used is a cb 360 item with a nice patina. It was hanging from a beam in my shed and had been waiting to be used.

The headlight is an old car spotlight I had had for years as well. In a previous life it was chromed, but the chrome hadn't aged wel so I sanded it partiately through the copper underlayer to make it look nice with the tank.
Front forks are cb500 inner fork tubes mated to cb550 outer tubes. The cb550 ones are slightly taller, and make the forks look lower.
Wheels are the original hubs with powdercoated rims.
The front tire is 4.00/19. Rear tire is 4.50 / 18. (sufficient)
The engine is a cb550 unit. The back end of the frame is slightly altered. The shocks are slightly canted forwards to make the frame dimensions look better.
Rear mudguard is a vintage nos British item, which can be seperated in two pieces. Originally nessesary to remove the rearwheel out of a rigid or plunger frame. 
Now the end piece can be detached of for a more severe look.
The taillight is a repop lucas light. I made the seat from flat 1mm steel sheet and after foaming it, I sewed a diamond stitch cover for it .
After 'making the battery disappear' on a few bikes, I decided it was time for a simple visible battery box. On the way back from the photoshoot to the delivery I still had to pick up a few essential parts. So, no, that is not a very high-tech, invisible way of mounting something, the stuff is just missing there...If you don't see it , never mind.

Photo's Daphne van de Velde