'Morisson' Honda CB500T From Denton Moto

Once they heard her run, it was time to start with the modifications

'Morisson' by Denton Moto
'Morisson' by Denton MotoDenton Moto

Honda CBs hold a very special place in the heart of many riders, myself included. As a teenager, picking up a late '70s CB was substantially cheaper than a newer bike and it was still powerful, reliable, and earned me some big ole style points around town. Years later, I'm still kicking myself for selling it. Honda's line of Universal Japanese Motorcycles (UJMs) sold incredibly well at the time, and they're still very desired today.

The CB500T was only produced from 1975-76, but rounded out the CB line for people who felt the 750 was too big or the 550 lacked the torque they desired. When the guys at Denton Moto got their hands on this one, they went quickly to work.

'Morisson' by Denton Moto
The custom risers for 'Morisson' by Denton MotoDenton Moto

After a couple carb kits, it was established that the engine ran well and time to start undergoing modifications. The rear section of the frame was removed and a new looptail put in its place along with some new cross-members that also act as seat supports. The seat lock was then moved from the original location on the side of the frame to a spot beneath the seat. This allows quick seat removal with the turn of a key enabling easy access the electronics underneath. A custom seat pan and foam were made with a saddle cover by Clint Wilkinson. Some special brackets were made to hold the custom leather saddle in place.

All of the unnecessary tabs and nubbins were cut off of the frame to help clean things up, as well. The rear foot peg muffler mount was removed and a set of mufflers were cut off of a CB550f, then fitted to the headers using clamps off the original mufflers. The original rear fender was tucked up under the bike to give it more of a bobbed appearance, with the mount for the front fender modified and used to hold up the fender, mounted to the swingarm, keeping it riding just above the tire. The mid-section of the front fender was chopped out, keeping the factory rolled edges on the ends but shrinking it down a bit for a more minimal appearance.

'Morisson' by Denton Moto
Custom looptail and rear detail on 'Morisson' by Denton MotoDenton Moto

RaceTech gold valve emulators were placed in the front forks along with a set of progressive springs, and tapered steering bearings in the steering stem to provide a firm, stable ride. A Moto Gadget M–unit along with handlebar controls and an M–button controller were fitted to the bike along with a modern combination voltage regulator/rectifier to update the old electronics and eliminate the need for clunky buttons or gauges.

Bronze pieces repurposed from drum cymbals were used to make the bases for the front turn signals, as well as the license plate light cover. Grips were turned from olive wood by Jon Carpenter from Madwoods. The dog bone shaped yolk on the handlebar clamps was made using a technique called "Shitame Repousee," where a thin sheet of brass is worked with small steel punches in a pan filled with a tar-like substance called pitch. “TIO” was placed in memory of one of Denton's founders, Fabian’s uncle who first introduced him to the thrill of motorcycles at a very young age.

'Morisson' by Denton Moto
'Morisson' by Denton MotoDenton Moto

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'Morisson' by Denton Moto
Spun olive wood gripsDenton Moto