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Honda GB250

Honda GB250 custom motorcycle by Gravel Crew
In the Honda canon of custom-friendly motorcycles, the GB range tends to be overshadowed by the mighty CB750 and CB550. But the GB250 Clubman has a lot going for it, including bulletproof reliability. And it’s the perfect platform for a lightweight, about-town café racer. The bike was released as a Japan-only model in 1983, using the CBX250 motor—a DOHC thumper with a four-valve head and twin exhaust pipes. In stock form, the engine pumps out around 30hp at 9,500rpm, and drives through a six-speed ’box. And with a dry weight of just 130kg, progress is brisk. The machine in the pictures is from the legendary Gravel Crew shop of Kuwana City, an outfit best known for their meticulous Yamaha SR400 customs. The dated, 80s-style bodywork of the original GB250 has been removed, and a slender new tank and seat unit installed. To complete the look, the engine now breathes through an elegant set of custom pipes—a Gravel Crew trademark. For a chuckable, affordable and reliable café racer to get from point A to point B, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Honda GB250 custom motorcycle by Gravel Crew
Honda GB250 custom motorcycle by Gravel Crew

  • Sharp!

  • Twostoked

    Doesn’t look like a cafe racer to me.

  • Kristaps

    Very nice looking bike, the seat cover is beautiful and i love the naked look!!!
    Needs some oldschool speedometer.

  • P

    I’m thinking the light looks a little weedy…

  • Rex Havoc

    @ Twostoked

    Doesn’t look like a TRADITIONAL cafe racer to me.


  • Justin

    Thanks Bikeexif for another cool small cc bike, Gravel Crew does the simple naked style very well, almost too simple on this one but a cool little bike all the same.

  • hamilton

    it’s more street tracker than cafe racer, but i just bought one of these and it is fantastic

  • augman

    Reminds me of the bike Steve McQueen rode in The Great Escape.

  • paxton

    Love that Japanese custom look. Beautiful.