Honda motorcycles

  • Classified Moto KT600

    Classified Moto KT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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

  • 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. 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

  • 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 »