WHAT’S HOT CX500 is ready to rock and roll

Thought Honda bike was out­dated when new? This cre­ation is pos­i­tively stone-aged!

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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”

Why the stony face...?

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