Honda CX500 is one of the most exotic motorcycles, released by Honda. The model was presented in 1978. At that time the motorcycle had a number of innovations that have or have not been used at all, or were rather unusual. We are talking about such things as the propeller shaft, forged wheels, carburetors CV, liquid-cooled engine and the longitudinal configuration. It is also interesting that the electrical ignition system was made separately from the entire electrical system of the motorcycle, then a motorcycle can be started with a “pusher” and the ride even in case of failure of the electrical system.
Despite the relative uniqueness of the Honda CX500, bike quite often used as a donor. In this case, Jonathan Forget and Alexandre Bordeleau tried to create a hybrid between the classic cafe racer and the iconic Japanese Brat Style.
Certain details and features of the project are as follow:
- Donor Honda CX500: more than five years in a barn, but “on the fly”
- Tires: Firestone Champion Deluxe
- leather saddle: handmade
- redesigned subframe
- electrical system redone
- stylish mirror on pens
- iPhone as a navigator
Photographs courtesy of Nicolas Polanco
...in the shed have been pretty productive.....little bit of work on the shovel...going to use the old primo primary plate to form the basis for a partial enclosure... stop stones from dirt roads getting in there, i formed an alloy curved clutch cover up also.
...and i tacked together a new set of bars, bit higher, bit curvier....they have gone off to the bender to be copied in stainless...
....then i laid another section of ritchies tank on.....i totally stuffed up the first attempt and im having another go...used an old lace tablecloth i found at the tip...then put a couple coats of clear over....ill start to fade in some nice blue over it when i pick up some colour next week.
ideas for a scallop section protruding on the tank....
... heres an idea for the left side to incorporate a finned oil tank below the fuel tank...gonna give this a try next week and see if it flies.
Southbound Train. Muskegon Heights. May. 2013. | MotoFotoStudio
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
Henry Miller, 1950.
For a star bartender, Bobby Heugel has a pretty unusual resume. He didn’t hone his skills at any well-known watering holes or hot speakeasies. Hell, he hadn’t even been inside a proper cocktail bar when he opened his own establishment Anvil Bar & Refuge in Houston’s funky Montrose neighborhood in 2009. “I didn’t go to PDT in New York until afterwards,” he admits.
Not only has Anvil—which is housed in a late-1950s tire store—survived, it has become one of the best bars in the country, serving drinks like The Brave (mezcal, sotol, amaro, Curaçao, Angostura Bitters) and Pliny’s Tonic (gin, lime, cucumber, mint, habanero tincture). It also started a cocktail movement in Houston and was a James Beard Award semifinalist in the Outstanding Bar Program category the last two years running. (Heugel himself was a semifinalist for the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional award in 2011.)
What’s more amazing is that Heugel hadn’t planned to be a professional mixologist. “I used to bartend to pay for school,” he explains. “But it’s kind of like a crazy girl you’re dating, and then it works out.”
The Houston native returned home after receiving a master’s degree in intercultural communication from Illinois State University and began working behind the stick at farm-to-table restaurant Benjy’s. He then joined his childhood friend Kevin Floyd at local celebrity chef Monica Pope’s Beaver’s. It was there that he and Floyd wrote a business plan for a place of their own, which became Anvil.
Three years later, they created a craft-beer Mecca on Westheimer Road, just three blocks from Anvil. The Hay Merchant has 80 taps and dozens of delicious brews from around the world, plus an array of hearty snacks and gourmet pub grub.
Heugel and his partners now operate a small empire of Houston businesses, including coffee shop Blacksmith, chef Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly and nostalgic eateries The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Antone’s Famous Po-Boys, as well as bartender Alba Huerta’s forthcoming Julep.
This summer, a tequila and mezcal joint offering a fermented-grapefruit-beer Paloma and a frozen mezcal Margarita will join the ranks—it’ll be called The Pastry War. “We have a curated list of brands produced with integrity,” he says. “The bar is a reflection of Mexico first; the drinks are secondary.”
As if that weren’t enough, Heugel is also president of a collective of philanthropic-minded Houston restaurant and bar owners known as OKRA (the Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs).
“It’s like working on an all-star team,” he says. The organization is helping transform the community with The Original OKRA Charity Saloon, a watering hole that donates all proceeds to a different local charity each month. This is one cocktail trend I hope goes viral.
(Photo courtesy Julie Soefer)
TYPES OF HINE COGNAC AVAILABLE:
H by HINE
Hine Rare VSOP
Hine Cigar Reserve
Hine Antique XO
HOW YOU SHOULD DRINK IT:
- In cocktails (French 75, Sidecar, Brandy Alexander, Between the Sheets)
- Hine is one of the few houses to regularly sell vintage cognacs, which are only made during the best harvests, and so-called “early landed” cognacs, which have been aged in Britain.
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is a big fan of Hine. She’s been buying the house’s cognac since 1962.
- 2 oz El Jimador Reposado Tequila
- 5 oz Grapefruit soda
- 1 oz Fresh lime juice
- pinch Salt
Add all the ingredients to a tall glass and fill with ice.
Customizers “Anvil Motociclette” engaged in the construction of the brutal and uncompromising motorcycle for beginners as well as for experienced riders. Custom Honda CB500 1979 is a typical project of Anvil Motociclette”. This new project is a lightweight, easy + good design.
Anvil Masters redesigned fork Honda CB500, with the front of the bike bit lower. At the same time, they have established new springs to compensate for the reduced suspension travel. Low wheel Tommaselli further emphasizes the pursuit of masters and is well matched to the fuel tank Laverda painted with the name of the bike—“Nk-a”. Aluminum tail is made by hand, and the seat covered in leather.
Robust motor Honda CB500 experts Anvil decided not to touch it and just repainted in black. Of course, the air filters of zero resistance and bright white exhaust system from Marving, apparently with the ceramic coating. The final touch is rubber Avon Safety Mileage Mk II.