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Honda CB900 custom

CB900 custom
Café Racer Dreams is a new arrival on the custom scene, but the Spanish outfit has grabbed our attention right out of the blocks. This is its first bike, a 1983 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or. It’s been completely dismantled, restored and reassembled to concours condition. There’s a hint of Craig Vetter’s Triumph X-75 Hurricane in the way the bodywork flows from the tank to the side panel, and by trimming away the bulbous endpiece of the standard bike, CRD have created a much sharper look.

CRD is run by Pedro (Pery) García and his friend Ruben, and specialises in Japanese bikes of the 70s & early 80s. CRD #2 is almost finished and the third bike is well under way: both these machines will be based on the Honda CB750 KZ platform. I’ll be checking the CRD blog regularly for updates.

Images by Kristina Fender.

Honda CB900 F2 Bol D'or custom by Cafe Racer Dreams
Honda CB900 F2 Bol D'or custom by Cafe Racer Dreams
Honda CB900 F2 Bol D'or custom by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Simplicity and finesse. Love it from the plunging fork to the rear end!

  • Terry T

    I NEEEEEEEED this bike. FINALLY, Somebody built a REAL motorcycle !!!

  • Bike EXIF does it again!


    Impressive. Most impressive.

  • llamacide

    I was never a big fan of the early 80’s styled CB’s but I have to say this is the first time I’ve seen someone really make one look great!! Good job fellas!! I’d buy this bike!

  • Leston
  • Parkwood60

    Hinks of the Vetter X-75? You can thank Honda for that as its all stock body work. All I can see here is a fancy paint job and a ditching of the tailpiece fender, which leave it with a bare arsed look. BTW-that is not meant as a good thing. Then they stole some stock Honda wheels off the rare CX500 Turbo, and believe me the owner of that rare piece of 80’s turbo awesome is gonna be pissed. Stock forks, stock brakes, low bars with stock (too long) cables, and a cheap MAC exhaust with a reverse megaphone added to the end of it

    I say post some pictures of it when you actually finish it.

  • Andrey

    Very nice job but I have to agree with Parkwood to some extent.
    I always thought the stock tailpiece help continue the bikes lines to the end. This looks a little chopped at the back end…. would love to see a color version of these images. Still a fabulous machine…. just goes to show that design in the 80’s still looks good today.. wonder if we will be able to say the same in 30 years about todays stuff??

  • I can see the Vetter lines mentioned here in the stock and chopped versions. I like the radiused chop of the tailpiece rather than a straight hack. Most times just chopping the rear off does look a bit unbalanced. This is one that is about spot on to my eye. Concourse? Nope. But not sure that’s the point. If it’s about fun, this bike fits that bill :)

  • neuroboy

    i wonder what’s hiding behind the side panels. i’d love to see it those gone and cleaned out under the seat.

    pretty bike, though.

  • Parkwood posted my exact thoughts before I could respond here. This CB900 Custom wears the popular (and yes, quite handsome) tank/side cover from the 79-83 CB750/900/1100F lineage. I don’t see the X75 influence. Sorry.

    Neat feature: the CB 900C used a ‘dual range’ 5-speed, giving it ten-possible gear ratios! That’s a neat trick, and not offered on any other production Honda that I know of-

  • dave

    Actually- The Bol d’Or Cb900 came with those wheels… I have a set floating around the shop someplace… True, it is stock bodywork. Nicely done minimal custom. Good job!

  • Phil

    this is just the thing i’m looking to do..hell..even the wheels look ok on this

  • baddad

    I never liked stock Hondas, but this is very nice and simple. It proves that with just minimal modifications you can achieve great results.

  • JULS

    It has class for his simplicity and design. I can see they did the fair changes and respected most of the original pieces.
    I’ve never seen such a beautiful bike.
    Congratulations, absolutely perfect.

  • g


    1. remove original seat
    2. buy new seat
    3. remove original muffler
    4. buy new muffler
    5. slide the forks up in the tripls
    6. buy clipons
    7. paint the bike
    8. put the lame as hell company sticker onteh bike
    its companies like this one that give builders a bad name. There are many more bikes with cleaner lines, more original parts and prettier paint jobs out there. why choose something as unoriginal as this is beyond me. Oh and nice company name to boot Cafe Racer Dreams…good lord i hope is sounds better in spanish becase it sounds lame in English.

  • Eric

    Yeah, I have to agree on the fact that it DOES look pretty, but is by no means on the level as some of the featured bikes on bikexif. It would look more badass with Lester rims. Nice, simple and easy job. Can’t hate on that….unless it has a $5000+ pricetag lol.

  • JustJoe

    …so now we hate on the subtle as well as the garish? How long before someone pipes in with “ho hum, ANOTHER 80’s Honda Cafe Racer?”
    Nicely done RIDEABLE custom, or maybe it is a ridestoration. You can definitely see the X-75 homage when you massage away some of the original bulk.

  • Jan

    Well, not much done but it still looks very good! Just proves that Honda made some nice looking biked in the 80’s! Did we appreciate them then? NO! And I just LOVE the CB 900 engine! Isn’t it gorgeous?! Have just started a cafe racer project based on the CB900F and I think I’ll start with a copy cat….while thinking of what to do next. I will have another rear end though that is for sure!!

  • paxton

    Nice clean custom. Still waiting for Honda to bring their new CB1100 to N.America, what’s wrong with those guys? Their N.A. line up sucks in the style dept. (unless cruisers and “superbikes” are your cup of tea, yech!)

  • Larry Pearson

    I’ve always loved the late 70’s-early 80’s Honda F models. They had cutting edge technology and styling that set the standard until Honda came out with the Interceptor. The body parts were waif-like compared to all the other Japanese offerings, and the tail section was one of the most crucial pieces to tie it all together. That is the only aspect of this bike I would change. It looks incomplete and chopped off w/o it.

  • Paul

    Ehhh, it’s a early 80’s CB-F with the nice wheels they got in Europe and Canada with the tail chopped off and clip-ons. The stock footpeg hangers look silly with the passenger pegs still there. If the suspension had been upgraded (USD forks maybe) and bigger brakes installed it would be more impressive, but as it is it’s just a nice paint job away from the usual rattle can flat black rat bike I’ve seen many of.

  • Motorod

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

  • Parkwood60

    Yeah?!? Well you ain’t Teddy Roosevelt, and what the critics are trying to say is that the man who was in the arena with this bike didn’t do much except slap a sticker on it and take the fender off. The builder of this bike most certainly bid not dare greatly. I’ve seen more daring creations built as pit bikes.

  • david

    excuse the french …. bloody lovely…… gives me food for thought, niiice, david

  • Cornerman7

    Who cares if “all they did” was slap a sticker on it and take the fender off? It’s yummy. Hey Parkwood, your passion is misplaced (IMHP). Dude, it’s just a motorcycle. Get pissed over tax breaks for millionaires.

  • Parkwood60

    Who says I’m not pissed over tax breaks to millioniares? This really isn’t the place to talk about that though. I’m not the one who brought up Teddy Roosevelt

    I just hate to see perfectly good bikes get “improved” like this. But then, I always seem to find barely ridden dusty and rusty vintage bikes sitting in junk yards with cool aftermarket parts on them, so I guess the previous generation of “cafe” or “chopper” builders are where they come from.