Deus Ex Machina Dirt Bike

1deusmalachi2deusmalachiMany of you have been into dirt bikes and still some are. Customized by the this Honda XL 500 it is modified to race from the get go (in vintage races…) and rip around the streets (if no cops around…) Don’t laugh at the 23” front wheel, it’s the way the bike was manufactured.

4deusmalachiFirst, builder Matthew Robert shed some weight off the bike and gave it capable suspension front and rear. Let the engine shine and make the beast a force to be reckoned with, on-road or off, something that could take the fight to the likes of the legendary Yamaha HL500.

The standard steering bearings and head stock were retained, but paired with a set of late ’80s XR600 forks, while a custom rear suspension was added, with nearly 200mm of travel. Other modifications include a custom swing arm, Ikon alloy gas shocks and springs, and an epoxy composite seat base and side covers that provide modern comfort without losing the original’s early motocross DNA. Design and build by Matthew Roberts. Paint application by Nakata-san. Sumptuous saddle work by Miauchi-san.

4 Responses to “Deus Ex Machina Dirt Bike”


  1. 1 Dan Martinez Jul 8th, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Superb

  2. 2 P. Hamilton Jul 8th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Great dirt bike, too pretty for dirt?

  3. 3 Mdkuder Jul 11th, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I remember when you could get CR’s with the bigger wheel and not that long ago they also had a smaller wheel as well.

  4. 4 nicker Jul 12th, 2016 at 11:00 am

    No better way to learn how to actually RIDE a bike. As opposed to only knowing how to DRIVE one and being deathly afraid of the occasional patches of dirt, oil, and antifreeze you may occasionally come across on paved roads highway off-ramps….

    -nicker-

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