Honda motorcycles

  • CRD# 23 “Coyote”

    CRD# 23 “Coyote”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest motorcycles that become popular with custom builders. The Yamaha Virago is one, and the Honda Dominator another. This is CRD’s take on Honda’s venerable NX650 dual-sport thumper: they’ve stripped off the clunky plastics and added a strong dash of Spanish style.

  • Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

    Honda XR600 by Cafe Racer Dreams

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s the latest custom to roll out of the Madrid workshop of Cafe Racer Dreams. Once again, there’s an off-road influence—but this time, the Spanish workshop has taken a dirt bike and realigned it for road use, rather than the other way round. CRD #19… Read more »

  • Custom Honda CB450

    Custom Honda CB450

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    BlueCat Motors of St. Paul, MN is the kind of motorcycle shop that every town should have. It’s run by enthusiasts who are comfortable working on both vintage and modern machinery. BlueCat often resurrects older bikes, and this beautiful 1974 Honda CB450 K7 is a… Read more »

  • Honda Super Cub

    Honda Super Cub

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of Bonneville salt flat racers, and images of snarling Vincents or twin-engined Triumphs probably spring to mind. You probably don’t picture the anemic Honda Super Cub, the world’s most popular motorcycle. Which makes this little racer from Holland’s Super Motor Company all the more… Read more »

  • Sky Team Ace 125

    Sky Team Ace 125

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Well, here’s a surprise. A Chinese-built motorcycle with a dash of style, reportedly good build quality, and a nod to the Japanese racing heritage of the 1960s. It’s the Sky Team Ace 125, a loose replica of the Honda CR110 racer. Honda itself created a… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 by Untitled Motorcycles

    Honda CB350 by Untitled Motorcycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I have a soft spot for the smaller displacement Honda CBs. They belong to that exclusive breed of motorcycle that looks ‘just right’ in showroom spec. And with a light custom job, in the hands of the right builder, they can look magnificent. This lithe… Read more »

  • Steel Bent Customs: “The Brushed”

    Steel Bent Customs: “The Brushed”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Good design removes the unnecessary. It’s a principle understood well by Michael Mundy of Steel Bent Customs in Tampa, Florida—as his latest build shows. Called “The Brushed”, it’s a minimalist take on the classic Honda CB750 cafe racer.

  • Classified Moto KT600

    Classified Moto KT600

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    John Ryland’s Classified Moto is going from strength to strength. The order book is healthy and the machines coming out of his Richmond, VA workshop are increasingly adventurous. “KT600” is the latest, and named after its donor bike and owner. The starting point was a… Read more »

  • El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

    El Solitario’s “Pop Cycles”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    And now for something completely different. This is a collection of three bikes far removed from anything we’ve shown before. They’re not bikes for measuring lap times or lean angles—they’re based on Honda’s humble CG 125, for starters. Instead, they’re a direct attempt to do… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 Saké Racer

    Honda CB350 Saké Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When in Paris last month, I was struck by the number of custom motorcycles being ridden around the city. Amidst the hordes of Piaggio MP3 three-wheeled scooters were a surprising number of café racers, trackers and bobbers. I don’t think I saw a bike as… Read more »

  • Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

    Lossa Honda CL350 cafe

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    Jay LaRossa runs Lossa Engineering of Long Beach, CA, and he builds super-clean cafe racers. Like this very sharp 1972 Honda CL350. “I wanted to do a high pipe bike,” says LaRossa, “and cross over one of the exhausts, through the spot where the battery… Read more »

  • 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

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    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. 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 of… Read more »

  • MotoHangar Honda CB750

    MotoHangar Honda CB750

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    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

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    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 »