When Honda engineered its new parallel-twin engine for the CB500 series, there had to be plenty of riders wondering if this lightweight mill could be slotted into a custom. After all, plenty of customs feature decades-old CB350 and CB450 engines with the expected performance and reliability issues.
MAD Industries is better known for its automotive customs, but Honda commissioned this company to build a couple of CB500s for the SEMA show. Working together with Lossa Engineering, MAD produced this clean “Scrambler” as one of the results.
Immediately noticeable is the new front end courtesy of the CBR600RR, including 41 mm upside-down fork and radial-mounted front brake calipers. The bike also features an Öhlins shock. A custom seat and panels together with a new muffler and blacked-out motor add to the look.
The headlight is interesting for a couple of reasons. A classic, round unit is stuffed with LEDs. Lots of other small details are included. Enjoy these photos.
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