Honda motorcycles

  • Honda Dominator custom

    Honda Dominator custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to pick the next trend in custom bike building, it’d be a move away from cafe racers on Firestones and towards chunky, purposeful tracker-style bikes. There seems to be increasing interest in this style, from the top custom shops right down to… Read more »

  • Black Bridge Honda CB400

    Black Bridge Honda CB400

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It was only a matter of time before the nascent custom motorcycle industry started to blossom in China. Here’s the most recent start-up, Black Bridge. Black Bridge is the nom de plume of Beijing-based Adrien Macera. Macera has been tinkering with motorcycles for as long… Read more »

  • Honda FT500 By Sideburn

    Honda FT500 By Sideburn

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Words by Gary Inman, photography by Paul Bryant. There’s a phrase, very popular in England, “You can’t polish a turd”. But, taking on their first project bike, Sideburn magazine tried. The starting point was a £370 ($600) Honda FT500C, and the magazine didn’t want to… Read more »

  • Fuller ‘Rodan’ Honda CB750

    Fuller ‘Rodan’ Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you know the name Bryan Fuller, it’s probably because he’s the co-host of the Speed TV show Two Guys Garage. Fuller is also a very adept custom bike builder, and created this machine for Cafe Racer TV. It has the most aggressive stance of… Read more »

  • Honda VF1000R by Icon

    Honda VF1000R by Icon

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The guys at Icon Motosports have a predilection for 80s Hondas. “The first VFR is arguably the pinnacle of that era,” they note. “Not pinnacle in that it’s a great bike—it most certainly is not. It’s more in relation to style … thick and saucy,… Read more »

  • Interview: Denny Berg

    Interview: Denny Berg

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    The highlight of the recent Indianapolis Dealer Expo, that yearly gathering of America’s motorcycle aftermarket industry, was a 20-bike display in the Cobra Engineering booth. Almost all were the handiwork of Denny Berg, chief fabricator for Cobra’s Special Projects Division. Berg moved to California from… Read more »

  • Honda CB360

    Honda CB360

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a freewheeling spirit about the Southern California motorcycle scene that I find strangely compelling. And these shots of a classic Honda CB360 capture that vibe perfectly. They were taken by Scott Toepfer, who you may know for the lovely project It’s Better In The… Read more »

  • Dime City Honda Shadow

    Dime City Honda Shadow

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Jason Michaels is one half of Dime City Cycles, a leading light of the contemporary US cafe racer scene. Being a good son, he planned to do some light custom work on his father’s Honda Shadow VT800—creating a comfortable cruiser his Dad could pilot around… Read more »

  • Honda Gold Wing custom

    Honda Gold Wing custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know we have a thing for “naked Gold Wings”. It’s the ultimate transformation, turning heavyweight cruisers into stripped-down, eye-catching customs. Texan Ric Becker is a master at this, and we featured his award-winning GL1000 a year… Read more »

  • CB750 cafe racer by Crowe/Tarantulas

    CB750 cafe racer by Crowe/Tarantulas

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s getting harder and harder to impress with a CB750 cafe racer. But this machine, stripped back to bare finishes and muted colors, works a treat. ‘The Natural’ is a collaboration between two Portland, Oregon builders with complementary skills: Crowe Customs and The Tarantulas. “Scott… Read more »

  • MotoHangar Honda CB750

    MotoHangar Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This 1976 Honda CB750 is owned by Jon Brindley, a champion of the Washington DC music scene. Jon also happens to be a friend of MotoHangar owner Pat Jones, which explains why the bike looks so good. It’s an interesting mix of sharp graphics and… Read more »

  • Honda CR500 by Boyko Racing

    Honda CR500 by Boyko Racing

  • Honda CB750 custom

    Honda CB750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s not easy to make a Honda CB750 custom stand out these days. Even if it’s a big money bike. But this budget build by Canadian Mike Salek caught my eye. Salek began riding bikes at the age of 10, and was starting to feel… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 cafe racer

    Honda CB450 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Eric Meglasson lives in Bend, Oregon, and his motorcycling journey has had its fair share of twists and turns. “Over the years, my bikes kept getting faster and faster,” says Eric. “But I started longing for a slower, more fun, naked bike to ride on… Read more »

  • 1975 Honda Goldwing custom

    1975 Honda Goldwing custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    At face value, there’s nothing unusual about Paul Dutra’s taste in motorcycling. He owns a heavyweight tourer—a Goldwing, natch—and he likes to make a big trip every year. But Dutra’s steed is not a 900 lb road sofa with a sound system, sat-nav and heated… Read more »

  • CRD #9: 1980 Honda CB750

    CRD #9: 1980 Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Whenever I see a Honda CB750 in the metal, I’m always surprised at how big it is. In photographs, Honda’s iconic inline four always seems slim and sleek. So I’d love to throw a leg over this 1980 CB750 KZ, the latest custom from Cafe… Read more »

  • Honda GL1100 Gold Wing custom

    Honda GL1100 Gold Wing custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m fascinated by custom Gold Wings: it’s strangely appealing to see these heavyweight tourers stripped of all excess, and they invariably have good bones. This machine is a 1983 GL1100 belonging to Kevin Rowland of WagonGear, who describes the transformation as a “winter-time tinker build,… Read more »

  • 1978 Honda CX500

    1978 Honda CX500

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Five years ago, I’d never have picked the Honda CX500 as a target for custom bike builders. But it’s now rapidly finding favor, being a cheap and reliable platform that can be transformed into a slinky, contemporary custom—as the Wrenchmonkees discovered six months ago with… Read more »

  • Dime City “Four Hundred”

    Dime City “Four Hundred”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the leading lights of the café racer scene in the US right now is Dime City Cycles. Here’s the latest build from Jason and Herm, a very heavily modified Honda CB400—as you may have guessed from its name. It’s a comprehensive overhaul of… Read more »

  • First Notion Honda CB750F

    First Notion Honda CB750F

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Mention a ‘Honda CB750 custom’ and you probably have a clear mental picture straight away. But I’m guessing it’s nothing like this. We’re looking at a 1979 CB750F called ‘Pearly Spencer’—a tribute to racer Freddie Spencer. It comes from The First Notion, a small Belgian… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 custom

    Honda CB550 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A short post today: a lovely CB550 café racer belonging to Victor Sultana of Grand Rapids in Michigan. It’s one of those bikes that’s just “right”, and it put a smile on my dial as soon as I saw it. It’s a 1975 CB550, fully… Read more »

  • Two-wheel-drive motorcycle

    Two-wheel-drive motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CRF450X is a pretty good motorcycle straight out of the box. Every time it’s been entered in the Baja races, it’s won its class—and Honda has pitched it as “perhaps the best off-roader ever built.” But Philadelphia engineer Steve Christini reckons he can… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 custom

    Honda NX650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always good to see a new custom shop on the scene. And it’s even better when the first bike is a winner, straight out of the box. So let me introduce you to Kiddo Motors, the trading name of Sergio Armet. He’s a one-man-band… Read more »

  • 1972 Honda CB350: ‘The Brat’

    1972 Honda CB350: ‘The Brat’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom motorcycles have an interesting story behind them, but the tale behind this 1972 Honda CB350 is more interesting than most. I’m not being entirely impartial here, though—this bike was inspired by the often-heated comments on Bike EXIF. ‘The Brat’ was built by reader… Read more »

  • Honda RC166 model motorcycle

    Honda RC166 model motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    If your Dad is an industrial designer and machinist, you can expect to receive some unusual toys. This Honda RC166 model motorcycle belongs to Anna Kraeuter, aged three, the daughter of Portland vintage motorcycle racer Chuck. It’s a perfect ½ scale model that measures just… Read more »

  • The way we were

    The way we were

  • Honda CB1100R by AC Sanctuary

    Honda CB1100R by AC Sanctuary

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Fans of retro Japanese superbikes will know the Sanctuary name: these guys are the kings of the resto-mod scene. This is their latest release, a thoroughly rebuilt Honda CB1100R that’s even more desirable than the original. ‘RCM-156’ has got a heavily reinforced frame, Öhlins suspension… Read more »