Moto Mucci Urban Vintage Custom Honda CX500

Your first custom built may be either your last one or the beginning of a long series. You are looking at the 1st creation of Dave Mucci and I can already tell you that it will not be his last one. Under the influence of a professor teaching him a class in motorcycle design while studying industrial design in Michigan, Dave developed a passion for vintage cars and motorcycles. Like many young builders with no support money, he was looking for a cheap and reliable platform to build his first creation, a contraption that he didn’t want too pretty, too shiny, but able to endure daily rides in a vey hostile Chicago weather and on not so friendly roads.

His choice for a donor bike? A very affordable in running order 1978 Honda CX500 that he restored and rebuilt into a very appealing vintage urban rider. Not surprisingly for a 1st project, Dave Mucci still working on his fabrication skills, preferred to look for help for some essential steel modifications like the ones made to the frame (Tony Prust at Analog Motorcycles.) He handled most of the other chores.

Bike is lowered 1″ front & rear. Reshaped and massaged front and rear fenders borrowed from a Goldwing. Shocks replaced by stiffer ones. Clubman style handlebar. Custom seat pan. All oem gauges removed. 7″ headlight from Speed Moto Co. A couple of months after being completed, this project was run over, while parked, by a Mercedes SUV. So, it had to be rebuilt. Is Dave already 2 x 1 custom built experienced? Moto Mucci.

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10 Responses to “Moto Mucci Urban Vintage Custom Honda CX500”


  1. 1 Demon Feb 29th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Like this macho urban sled.

  2. 2 burnout Feb 29th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Best use of a CX500 I have ever seen. peace

  3. 3 Fritz Feb 29th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful bike! Very tastefully done on a great bike too! No easy job as it is really hard to do on a Jap bike . The sublime look is a lot harder to pull off than it would appear.

  4. 4 Shifter Feb 29th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Interesting because it shows what youngsters like and can be built with a low budget

  5. 5 bigalyts Mar 1st, 2012 at 8:06 am

    well, I don’t know what you are talking about when you say “that hard to do tastefull on a Jap Bike”? Really Dude, wake up there is a serious Band of Riders that are doing the” Cafe Thing”.Guy’s are opening up Shops everywheres uusing the exact Platforms. There are many new World’s opening and this is a welcome Concept. What are you talking about “Low Budget”? Fabrication is Fabrication! Whay is the Price and Labor less, because the basic Platform is not as much to start with? Dude’s wake up there is World’s of Fabricators that are Building Resteraunts, Club Houses and Organazations with the Cafe Life Styles.m ost of these Bikes have 1/2 the CC and can Romp and Dance over and out handle any V-Twin that are Fabricated! Long Live Dave Mucci, you are right there with Billy Joel and his passion for these Pieces of Art.

  6. 6 Oldude Mar 1st, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Always liked the Silver Wing and this redo has created a real compact strong looking bike. Good work!

  7. 7 Hater Mar 1st, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I never liked the CX500’s looks, until now. Really nice job, i’m so glad to see an urban racer on Cyril’s site.

    Keep up the good work young man.

  8. 8 Seymour Mar 1st, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    That is a great bike but boy what an ugly motor Honda made with that one. Looks like a fire hydrant!

  9. 9 NutCracker Mar 2nd, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Another CX500 I came across yesterday.

  10. 10 reyn mansson Mar 4th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    There must be thousands of these old CXs around, this one certainly made an interesting subject. The motor is not really that unattractive an element. Overall I like it. I’ve seen some old Gold Wing customs that look pretty good too.

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