WHAT’S HOT CX500 is ready to rock and roll
Thought Honda bike was outdated when new? This creation is positively stone-aged!
Built by German stonemason and artist Chris Zernia, this CX’S bodywork has been fashioned totally from stone. It weighs 355kg, thanks to the dense volcanic basalt mined from the Eifel mountain range on Zernia’s doorstep. This stone also makes up the tank, seat unit, number board, headlight assembly and foot controls.
Zernia said: “Basalt’s my favourite stone; I love it. But the frame had to cope with the extra 130kg.” It’s been strengthened and the suspension upgraded, helping the extra 4mm steel tubing that supports the seat. Harley Dyna shocks prop up the rear, while Honda Shadow forks keep the bike from collapsing and help it ride pretty normally. You’d have to be brave to try; its lack of a front brake does little to help halt this beautifully crafted boulder.
The CX was built for German mag Custom Bike’s ‘Build da Fukker’ comp. Cost mustn’t exceed €5000; luckily, basalt is cheaper than metal. Zernia’s already on to his next stone bike, an old 1100 Sportster to be called the Rolling Stone. An apt title if ever there was one.
‘It’s difficult to halt this beautifully crafted boulder”
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