Tag: Honda motorcycles

  • Top 5 Honda NX650

    Top 5 Honda NX650

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5 ,

    Take a look at a stock Honda NX650 Dominator, and it’s hard to believe how popular it’s become with custom builders. Lurking under all that bodywork is a pretty cool motorcycle though—a great all-rounder with legendary Honda reliability and loads of potential. Honda produced the… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

    Honda CB550 by Eastern Spirit

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Charlie Trelogan’s insightful piece on café racer design emphasized the importance of good lines. No one understands this concept more than Poland’s Eastern Spirit Garage: They helped build the Honda CX500 that Charlie used to illustrate his point. Now they’ve turned their keen eye to… Read more »

  • NX650 custom motorcycle

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many builders cite similar reasons for taking up their craft, one of them being a growing dissatisfaction with modern motorcycle design. This, and an over-active imagination, led Simon Garcia to tear into his 1989 Honda NX650—and inject a little style and charm of his own.… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda CB750s

    Top 5 Honda CB750s

  • Chris Hunter Special FeaturesTop 5

    The original Honda CB750 Four is one of the most sought-after bikes to customize. And it’s not hard to see why: classic 1970s style, peerless performance for its era, and that legendary Honda engineering. It also means it’s getting harder to find a good, serviceable… Read more »

  • How To Build A Cafe Racer

    How To Build A Cafe Racer

  • Charlie Trelogan Bike EXIF Guides

    I’m a car designer by trade: I spend my time working out how to make machinery look as good as it can. Designers are creative people by nature, so we crave the opportunity to be as free as possible in our work. We also have… Read more »

  • Top 5 Honda CX500s

    Top 5 Honda CX500s

  • Wesley Reyneke Special FeaturesTop 5

    Let’s be honest—Honda’s CX500 is not going to win any beauty contests. With a short wheelbase, high front end, awkward looking subframe and unflattering plastics, it earned nicknames such as ‘plastic maggot’ and güllepumpe (the German word for a pump used to shift liquid manure)… Read more »

  • Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

    Honda CJ360 by Kingdom of Kicks

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Kingdom of Kicks is typical of the small, up-and-coming workshops that are lighting the fires under the European custom scene. It’s run by James Jordan, who started out building bikes in a small apartment—and now enjoys marginally larger premises in Hackney Wick, an east London… Read more »

  • 1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

    1969 Honda CB350 by Roc City

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The terms ‘hand crafted’ and ‘bespoke’ get thrown around a lot these days—but in the case of this wonderfully understated 1969 Honda CB350, they’re particularly apt. Virtually every part you see here has been hand made by Sean Pelletier of Roc City Cafe Racers. At… Read more »

  • Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

    Deus Ex Machina: Sibling Rivalry

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Two new Deus Ex Machina motorcycles have just rolled out of the Venice, California workshop. Affectionately called Sibling Rivalry, these custom Hondas are high-performance variations on the same theme: turning a street-legal enduro bike into a badass ‘super single.’ ‘Boodaak’ (above and below) and ‘Dakdaak’… Read more »

  • Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

    Honda Nighthawk by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a builder entitled to look back on 2013 with a quiet sense of satisfaction, it’s John Ryland of Classified Moto. He’s enjoyed both critical and commercial success, with so many commissions he’s had to close the order book on more than one occasion.… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

    Honda NX650 ‘Dos’ by Kiddo Motors

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sergio Armet burst onto the custom scene a couple of years ago with a brilliant Honda NX650 custom, ‘Kiddo Uno.’ He’s been busy in his Barcelona workshop ever since, and he’s now returned to his roots with a second NX650, ‘Dos.’ ‘Dos’ is a short,… Read more »

  • Top 10 custom motorcycles of 2013

    Top 10 custom motorcycles of 2013

  • Honda CBS125 by Dauphine-Lamarck

    Honda CBS125 by Dauphine-Lamarck

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are dozens of builders who work on nothing but Harleys. Countless others stick exclusively to Indians, Moto Guzzis or Ducatis. But we didn’t know there’s a workshop that specializes in tiny Hondas from the 60s to the 80s—until now. This classy little Honda CBS125… Read more »

  • Honda Cub: Dirty Donkey

    Honda Cub: Dirty Donkey

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda Super Cub is the best-selling two-wheeler on the planet. Since 1958, it’s sold more than 60 million units. So, as you can imagine, there are some pretty cool custom Cubs around — but few are as cool as the machines being turned out… Read more »

  • Honda CB cafe racer by ExesoR

    Honda CB cafe racer by ExesoR

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Is brown the new black? This highly-caffeinated café racer built for a coffee company sure looks good. It’s a creative mix of CB250, CB360 and CB400 parts, and it took Christian Schwarzenlander of ExesoR Motorcycles over two years to construct. Christian is a quality control… Read more »

  • The 2014 Motorcycle Calendar

    The 2014 Motorcycle Calendar

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycle Gear ,,

    The world’s most prestigious motorcycle calendar is back on sale. The 2014 edition of the famous Bike EXIF wall calendar showcases 13 of the world’s best bikes, including Walt Siegl’s Leggero, Classified Moto’s KT600 and the Wrenchmonkees’ brutal Yamaha XJR1300 ‘Monkeefist.’ The cover star is… Read more »

  • Honda CB125 by Valen Zhou

    Honda CB125 by Valen Zhou

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With a population of over 1.3 billion, there are bound to be some interesting custom motorcycles being built in China. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see them. There’s the occasional Chinese builder who cultivates links to the western scene, but the majority seem to stay… Read more »

  • 1973 Honda CB350 custom

    1973 Honda CB350 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Not all new wave customs are fair weather bikes. This long, low Honda CB350 K4 comes from inside the Arctic Circle—or, to be more precise, from the small city of Rovaniemi in Lapland, northern Finland. The average annual temperature is a smidge above zero °C,… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 bobber

    Honda CB750 bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you build customs in Florida or the southeastern States, chances are you’ll know Moe Colors. Based in Tampa, Moe Roberts paints bikes for big-time builders like Dime City Cycles and Greg Hageman, and he’s also in demand for work on custom guitars. This is… Read more »

  • Honda CB650 by Bunker Custom Cycles

    Honda CB650 by Bunker Custom Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Turkey is not the first country you’d associate with custom motorcycles, but a young company called Bunker Custom Cycles is doing its best to change that. This elegant, beautifully finished Honda comes from Istanbul and it’s the work of Mert Uzer and his engineer brother… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

    Honda CB450 K0 ‘Runcible Racer’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB450 K0 has a very secure place in motorcycling history books. Nicknamed the ‘Black Bomber’ on account of the Ford Model T-style paint choice, it was the first volume-produced motorcycle powered by a DOHC engine. And it still looks good today. Australian Cliff… Read more »

  • Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

    Kott Honda CB750 DOHC

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Dustin Kott is what you might call a builder’s builder. From his base in California he specializes in Honda CBs, turning out low-key but beautifully finished machines. Like this 1979 Honda CB750 DOHC, called ‘The Valentino.’ Kott enjoys working on vintage Hondas: The engineering tolerances… Read more »

  • Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

    Honda CJ360T by Digital Directiv

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most builders dread dealing with the electrics on a bike. But not Joe Tessitore of Portland-based Digital Directiv, a mad scientist operation focused on bringing vintage bikes up to date with modern electrical technology. “Builders don’t usually talk about upgraded electrical systems or modern convenience,… Read more »

  • Honda CB250 by OEM

    Honda CB250 by OEM

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    England’s magnificently named Old Empire Motorcycles have crossed over to the dark side. Known for their classy Royal Enfield makeovers, they’ve just finished this vintage Honda CB250—complete with a plush ‘Chesterfield’-style buttoned leather seat. OEM describe the bike as a mix of cafe, brat and… Read more »

  • Honda XL500 ‘Swart Gevaar’

    Honda XL500 ‘Swart Gevaar’

  • Wesley Reyneke Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Tucked away in Cape Town’s quaint Bo-Kaap area lies Los Muertos Motorcycles—a relatively new custom shop with a store-front-slash-café. During my first visit I noticed a stripped down ’81 Honda XL500 lurking behind the coffee counter, with a unique twin exhaust system that immediately piqued… Read more »

  • 1980 Honda CX500 custom

    1980 Honda CX500 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CX500 is a stern test of any builder’s skills: although it’s cheap and readily available, it’s not an attractive starting point. But Santa Cruz-based Noah Blum took this as a challenge, and he’s scored a convincing win. His CX500 is one of the… Read more »

  • Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

    Honda CB400 by Classified Moto

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Classified Moto is one of the breakthrough builders of the past couple of years. John Ryland’s stubby, purposeful aesthetic has attracted a legion of fans (plus the media attention to match) and the order book is full. Ryland grades his bikes according to the amount… Read more »

  • Honda CG125 x Zündapp DB200

    Honda CG125 x Zündapp DB200

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CG125 is not one of the world’s most desirable motorcycles. But it’s compact, cheap to run and staggeringly reliable. Since the mid-70s, tens of thousands have been used as commuter bikes in Europe—and most of them are probably still on the road. You… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

    Honda CB350 by Gasser Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Gasser is a custom and vintage bike shop in Southern California that we haven’t come across before. But it’s a name to watch: the Honda CB350 shown here has just taken first place in the ‘Classic Metric’ class at the L.A. Calendar Bike show in… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F custom

    Honda CB900F custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Brothers Rob and Chris Chappell have a slightly unusual approach to running their company Chappell Customs: Rob lives near Toronto in Canada, and Chris lives over 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. It hasn’t stopped them building some sweet customs though, like the Yamaha XS650… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

    Honda CB550 by Meyerbuilt

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cliff Meyer is a pediatric ICU nurse during the day and builds motorcycles during his spare time. Inspired by watching motorcycle reality shows, Cliff taught himself how to weld and fabricate metal. From there he worked part time at a a small racing and fabrication… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

    Honda CB450 K1 resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    What, another Honda CB ‘cafe racer’? Rest assured this one is different. Apart from a nut-and-bolt mechanical overhaul, it’s sporting subtle upgrades that will drastically increase its performance. Santa Fe-based Charles Burkhardt found this Honda CB450 K1 on Craigslist, and it looked like it hadn’t… Read more »

  • Honda CB750K7 by Wrenchmonkees

    Honda CB750K7 by Wrenchmonkees

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This brutal, slammed Honda CB750K7 is Monkee #54, the latest machine to roll out of the legendary Danish workshop. It’s got even more of an apocalyptic feel than most Wrenchmonkees builds, and was commissioned by Timothée, a rider from Paris. “Timothée wanted a custom that… Read more »

  • Honda CB900F by CRD

    Honda CB900F by CRD

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CB900F was never the prettiest of bikes. But with a solid 95 bhp on tap, it offered a big performance jump over the CB750. It was mostly aimed at the European market, where it was known as the Bol D’Or—after the famous endurance… Read more »

  • Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

    Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s not often we get to show a custom that has been built with practicality in mind. But this Honda CL400 has been tweaked for London streets, offering easy commuting with a strong dash of style. The man behind the project is Will Starritt of… Read more »