Honda motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • Honda CB550 and sidecar

    Honda CB550 and sidecar

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    What’s the appeal of a motorcycle sidecar combination? Is it the added practicality of luggage carrying? The promise of companionship on a journey? Or the go-anywhere capability offered by 2WD outfits like the Ural? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I find sidecars… Read more »

  • Arresting looks: Honda’s CB450 Police Special

    Arresting looks: Honda’s CB450 Police Special

  • Honda CB500 custom

    Honda CB500 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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… Read more »

  • Honda Monkey

    Honda Monkey

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I get the occasional monkey or gorilla bike sent in for consideration. And to be honest, I’m never quite sure what to do with these machines. But this one is a cut above the rest, so I’ve included it here as a little light relief.… Read more »

  • CRD #5: Honda CB750

    CRD #5: Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It looks like brown is a trending color in the custom motorcycle world. First the Wrenchmonkees CX500, and now this latest bike, “Cíclope”, from Spain’s Café Racer Dreams. CRD #5 is a 1980 Honda CB750 cafe—a KZ model—and the glossy brown-and-black color scheme works brilliantly.… Read more »

  • Honda CB550 cafe racer

    Honda CB550 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the CB550 is a better deal than its bigger and more famous brother, the CB750. A stock 550 is considerably lighter, only slightly less powerful, and has better handling. With a wet sump system, there’s no oil tank to clutter things up,… Read more »

  • Honda CD250U rat bike

    Honda CD250U rat bike

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are some custom motorcycles that are almost too scary to ride—either from rarity value, or the number of hours a skilled builder has put into them. So there’s something to be said for rat bikes and ‘beaters’ that have a charm of their own.… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Honda XM

    Mr Martini Honda XM

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nicola Martini is not afraid to experiment. Although he’s best known for his work with Triumph motorcycles, he pushes the boundaries with styling—and occasionally throws a complete curve ball into the mix. This is one of those curve balls: a Honda XL600-based tracker called the… Read more »

  • Honda CB750 Cyclone

    Honda CB750 Cyclone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter is a household name in cafe racer circles. Mostly because he’s a traditionalist and a perfectionist. When you order a custom motorcycle from Carpy, you’ll get a bike in better condition than the day it rolled off the factory floor. The latest… Read more »

  • DariztDesign Honda GL100

    DariztDesign Honda GL100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If Yamaha’s SR series is the mainstay of affordable customization in the Western world, then Honda’s GL series is the Indonesian equivalent. This unusual bobber comes from DariztDesign, described by principal Agus Darizt as “just a little shed—a home garage in Jogja (Yogjakarta), a city… Read more »

  • Honda CX500 by the Wrenchmonkees

    Honda CX500 by the Wrenchmonkees

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Honda CX500 has always lacked the cachet of the earlier CB550 Four. Which is ironic, because the CB550 was little more than a downsized CB750; Honda was losing ground in the technological stakes to the other Japanese makers. So Honda gave the new CX500… Read more »

  • Honda CR 750

    Honda CR 750

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    If I had to make a list of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time, the Honda CR 750 would be in my top ten. Not only for its achievements, but also for its aesthetics: to my eyes, it’s one of the most beautiful… Read more »

  • Deus Bali: Tiger’s Milk I

    Deus Bali: Tiger’s Milk I

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In Indonesia, the Honda Tiger GL200 is a popular commuter bike—a simple and low-cost thumper with nondescript plastic bodywork. Actually, ‘nondescript’ is not the right word: it’s an eyesore. According to Deus Bali, “the bike comes out of the Honda factory looking pretty ugly. It’s… Read more »

  • 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 »