Tag: Honda motorcycles

  • Bexton Moto Honda CB350

    Bexton Moto Honda CB350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most custom CBs hark back to the traditional café racer look, but this clean-as-a-whistle CB350 is a sweet mix of classic styling and more modern components. It was built by Rassie van Aswegen with help from Johann Keyser, who created the CB450 ‘Manx Tribute’ bike… Read more »

  • Hajarbroxx KillHill CB125

    Hajarbroxx KillHill CB125

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of my regular destinations on the interwebs is Trent Reker’s site bikerMetric. Reker is one wave short of a shipwreck: alternately funny and profane, he’s the closest thing to Hunter S Thompson in the online motorcycling world. He also manages to find distinctly offbeat… Read more »

  • Honda CL360 custom

    Honda CL360 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture magazine has just sent in this show-stopping Honda custom, which started life as a 1974 CL360. Builder Aaron Elliott bought it as a ‘shitbox’ from his local classifieds for $100. He’s primarily a car guy, and has worked with Cole… Read more »

  • CRD #3: CB750 custom

    CRD #3: CB750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The comments ran hot when we posted the first bike from Spanish builder Café Racer Dreams, so it’ll be interesting to see the reaction to this one. CRD’s third release is called ‘Military Gold’, a reference to the Firestone Military tires fitted to 19” wheels.… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 cafe racer

    Honda CB750 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The motorcycles that grace these pages are usually big-ticket items that have cost thousands of dollars to build, whether in parts or labor. So it’s good to occasionally feature a sharp-looking custom that was built for a pittance—like this 1972 Honda CB750, owned by Dutch… Read more »

  • Honda CL750 Scrambler

    Honda CL750 Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    From David Edwards—Honda’s most important motorcycles? Tough question but the Super Hawk 305 and Scrambler 305 have to be in the conversation. These were the two that put Honda on the big-bike map in the mid-1960s, each more than a match for British 500s of… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 bobber

    Honda CB450 bobber

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then a bike comes out of left field, and this one was spotted by designer Luca Bar. When I saw the images, I immediately tagged it as the product of one of the big Japanese workshops, but no—it’s a backyard build from… Read more »

  • Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

    Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The custom motorcycle scene is driven by fashion as much as any other. Over the past couple of decades we’ve seen the rise of the ubiquitous CB750 custom, followed by the SR400/500 and Kawasaki W650. But now I’m starting to wonder if the next trend… Read more »

  • Honda CB250 custom

    Honda CB250 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I spent most of last Saturday at Australia’s top custom shop, Deus Ex Machina, as one of the judges of the inaugural “Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build-Off.” There were over thirty bikes in the yard, with chrome and paintwork glinting under the unseasonably hot sun. Before… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 cafe racer

    Honda CB350 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Zach O’Brien got his 1971 CB350 for just $400, running and titled. He’s built several bikes, but this one is a favorite: his wife, daughter and son all helped with the build. After picking up the CB, Zach took it home and “went to town,… Read more »

  • Honda VTR1000 custom

    Honda VTR1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    Most people accessorize their bikes from aftermarket catalogs. But when Australian Shawn Zammit got a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm in 2002, he decided to stick to the Honda production parts bin. And in the process, discovered the constraints that often face the designers employed by motorcycle… Read more »

  • ELF Honda

    ELF Honda

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Between 1981 and 1983, Honda’s outlandish ELF prototypes competed in the World Endurance Championships, generating a slew of patents for Honda—including one for a single-sided rear swingarm. Fast but unreliable, the machines were created by Renault designer Andre de Cortanze, who was a keen endurance… Read more »

  • Honda CB1100R

    Honda CB1100R

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    There’s something strangely compelling about 1980s superbikes. The French have a phrase for it: jolie laide, meaning both pretty and ugly at the same time. To my eyes, Honda’s CB1100R is a classic example of this. It’s a ‘homologation special’, produced in small numbers so… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 Police

    Honda CB750 Police

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Just when you thought you’d seen every possible version of Honda’s iconic CB750, here’s another: the super-rare CB750P/K0 Police model. The exquisite bike shown here is a 1970 example owned by a collector in Japan, and it’s a delicate antidote to the overblown style of… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 by Dime City

    Honda CB450 by Dime City

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE The kings of the CB450 café racer are the guys at Dime City Cycles in Florida, who we’ve featured before. They’ll be getting considerably wider exposure soon, because this latest bike will be starring in the new Discovery HD Theater series Café Racer TV.… Read more »

  • AFT Customs Kemosabe

    AFT Customs Kemosabe

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The world of US custom bike building can be pretty strange at times. So I only raised half an eyebrow when I heard that AFT Customs operates as a cross between a modeling agency and a custom bike builder. Not surprisingly, AFT owner Jim Giuffra… Read more »

  • Honda CL350

    Honda CL350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Back in October 2009 , I was deliberating on whether or not to post an orphaned CL350 café racer: orphaned because it was proving impossible to locate the owner or the history of the bike. In the end I took a punt on it, and… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 cafe racer

    Honda CB550 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every now and then, a bike appears out of left field and seems to pop up everywhere. This CB550 is one of those bikes: it created a buzz on the SOHC Forum and then won its category at the Rockerbox bike show. Now it’s about… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 custom

    Honda CB750 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If the CB750 is the archetypal café racer motorcycle, Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter must be the epitome of the café racer builder. He’s a Londoner now based in Orange County, California, and his name is legend amongst CB750 aficionados. This latest Carpy creation is called BRG750—a… Read more »

  • Honda CB900 custom

    Honda CB900 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Café Racer Dreams is a new arrival on the custom scene, but the Spanish outfit has grabbed our attention right out of the blocks. This is its first bike, a 1983 Honda CB900 F2 Bol d’Or. It’s been completely dismantled, restored and reassembled to concours… Read more »

  • Honda GB250

    Honda GB250

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    In the Honda canon of custom-friendly motorcycles, the GB range tends to be overshadowed by the mighty CB750 and CB550. But the GB250 Clubman has a lot going for it, including bulletproof reliability. And it’s the perfect platform for a lightweight, about-town café racer. The… Read more »

  • CB 100 by Deus Bali

    CB 100 by Deus Bali

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If I were looking for a lifestyle change, hanging out in Bali building custom bikes and surfboards would be near the top of my list. The guys at Deus have obviously been thinking along the same lines, because they’ve just set up the Deus Canggu… Read more »

  • Honda Rebel custom

    Honda Rebel custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of a custom Honda and it’s invariably a CB. I don’t think I’ve seen any Honda Rebel customs before, and I certainly haven’t seen a Rebel bobber. But this little machine, nicknamed ‘Rocky’ by owner Jason Wolske, looks sweet. And even better, he’s catalogued… Read more »

  • Honda NX650 Dominator

    Honda NX650 Dominator

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Eighteen years ago this bike left Honda’s factory as a chunky dual-sport thumper—a less sophisticated version of the Transalp, if you like. Today it’s a sleek, lightweight street tracker burning up the roads of Wales. Andrew Greenland bought his 1992 NX650 in Swansea for a… Read more »

  • Honda XR75

    Honda XR75

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Today’s guest post is by Mitch Boehm, Editor & Publisher of Moto Retro Illustrated. It’s an innocuous place, really, a typical Southern California ranch house buried within the hundred-square-mile urban sprawl that constitutes the eastern Los Angeles. The house looks normal enough from the street.… Read more »

  • Honda SL100

    Honda SL100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Honda’s SL100 was a lightweight dirtbike that won a lot of fans in the early 70s for its easy handling and high-revving OHC four-stroke motor. Today an SL is a collectible item—especially for guys who were lucky enough to ride one in their youth—and you… Read more »

  • Dime City Cycles CB450

    Dime City Cycles CB450

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nearly forty years on, the Honda CB shows no sign of waning in popularity. CB-based café racers are two-a-penny, so it takes something special to get noticed—like this CB450 ‘Manx’ from Dime City Cycles of Largo, Florida. DCC has created three models based on the… Read more »

  • Honda Gold Wing cafe racer

    Honda Gold Wing cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the last bikes you’d expect to get the café racer treatment is the Honda Gold Wing. It’s hardly a nimble machine, and for most owners, the customizing stopped after fitting saddlebags and a Vetter fairing. But now a whole subculture has built up… Read more »

  • House Rockers CB750

    House Rockers CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Just when you think you’ve seen every possible take on the Honda CB750, here’s another one. It’s from the Japanese shop House Rockers, based in Saitama—some 30 km north of central Tokyo. There’s a definite look to House Rockers’ customs: usually high bars and rearsets,… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 Manx Tribute

    Honda CB450 Manx Tribute

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    When is a Norton not a Norton? When it’s a Honda in disguise. Johann Keyser’s CB450 ‘Manx Tribute’ started as an attempt to build a economical cafe racer: “The bike was standing outside for 20-plus years, and even the wheels were rusted solid,” says Keyser,… Read more »

  • Honda CBR 1000F custom

    Honda CBR 1000F custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    You’d be hard pressed to guess that this bike started life as a 1987 Honda Hurricane, known less evocatively as the CBR 1000F. This amazing machine took Ian McElroy two years to build, and if you spot a little of the KTM RC8 in there,… Read more »

  • Honda CBX Custom: ‘Wide Boy’

    Honda CBX Custom: ‘Wide Boy’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I don’t know about you, but I find most ‘show bikes’ less inspiring than a good garage build. The shows occasionally do throw up something truly original though, and this bike is a case in point. ‘Wide Boy’ appeared at the recent London Ace Cafe… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 K1

    Honda CB450 K1

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In the days before the horsepower race, the Honda CB450 was one of the most desirable bikes you could buy. You had the choice of charismatic, cantankerous British iron, which would invariably mark its territory with a little puddle of oil, heavyweight American cruisers, or… Read more »

  • 1980 Honda CBX custom

    1980 Honda CBX custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Rick Hayberg of
 Sarasota, Florida, has worked in the auto industry for thirty years. And like a lot of riders, he was drawn back to a bike he’d seen many years ago. “I was fortunate enough to ride a brand new Honda CBX back in… Read more »

  • Mugen Honda CB1100

    Mugen Honda CB1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Mugen is effectively the ‘official’ Honda car and motorcycle tuner, with headquarters close to Honda’s own R&D facility north of Tokyo. So it’s no surprise that the first tweaked Honda CB1100 has a discreet Mugen logo at the back. The mods include a 70s-style bikini… Read more »