Honda CX500 Brat Cafe by Sault Built

Honda CX500 Brat Cafe Racer

Cameron Sault is the founder of Sault Built, a workshop where he builds custom furniture and motorcycles, as well as working in metal sculpting. Since Cam is deaf, he cannot enjoy the exhaust note of the bikes he builds, but he loves the “familiar vibration of an engine in operation.”

Cam found this 1980 Honda CX500C in a tiny shed, where it had sat for more than a decade.  He wanted to create a mix of a cafe racer and brat — or what we might call a “brat cafe.” Below, get the full story on the build!

Honda CX500C Brat / Cafe Racer: Build Story

Cameron Sault is the founder of Sault Built located in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada (an hour south of Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Cam is a young, deaf artist who loves the familiar vibration of an engine in operation, and the smell of gasoline floating through the air as the machine takes you somewhere new. In addition to building these beautiful machines he is also passionate about custom furniture building and metal sculpting. An artist at heart, Cam’s unique visions drive him to create custom and one of a kind projects all by hand.

Honda CX500 Brat Cafe Racer

Since the Sault Built Garage opened in 2014, Cam has been working on some creatively challenging projects that would barely allow him to leave the garage. To Cam this is his ideal situation, as sitting around when there is an ongoing project is a foreign idea to him.

So, enough about him. Let’s talk bikes!

Ever since Cam found this grimy 1980 Honda CX500C bike in the tiny shed, (which had been sitting in there for a little over a decade). He immediately purchased it without a second thought. He had a great vision for this bike build and wanted to transform it into a brat and caferacer mix.

Honda CX500 Brat Cafe Racer

From the front to end he chopped the gauges, handlebar clamp, rear section, air box, battery holder, and both fenders. Once the CX was “naked” he had to sit and memorize every part on the floor and table, which gave him more ideas for the build.

Honda CX500 Brat Cafe Racer

He ended up chopping the fender making it shorter, hand-built a rear fender with a micro strip LED light underneath the rear fender, hand-built front and back micro LED signal lights, added a hand-built battery box with an 8-cell antigravity battery underneath of the bike which you may see in the photo, and hand-built mini fairing just above the headlight system.

Honda CX500 Brat Cafe Racer

Installed the clip-bars, speedo, LED headlight, new suspensions, front tire (Avon Speedmaster), rear tire (Firestone Deluxe Champion), pod airs, custom solo seat by Triple K Upholstery.

Photo Credit: William Henfield

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