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Clean aesthetics and uncompromising craftsmanship: a custom Honda CB500t by Heiwa.

Super sano: Heiwa’s slammed Honda CB500T

The Japanese custom scene is known for playing by its own rules. Builds from the land of the rising sun have an unconventional style that’s hard to define—and even harder to replicate. Break through the mystique, and you’ll find shops like Heiwa at the forefront. Based in Hiroshima and headed up by Kengo Kimura, Heiwa’s…

1979 Honda CB500

1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics and ready for action. Anvil is run by San Marco…

Honda CB500

Honda CB500 custom

This beautifully finished CB500 with a fifties vibe is owned by Mike McFadden of Kentucky, and he’s just finished building it himself in his garage. The story started a year ago, when Mike stumbled across “Brat Style” bikes for the first time. ‘The look and cheap building price of the bikes just blew me away.…

Honda CB500 Four

Honda’s CB series is the quintessential cafe racer platform, with the CB750 attracting the most attention. The CB500 Four was a lighter,…