Tag: Honda motorcycles

  • 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 »

  • Garage Company Customs CB750

    Garage Company Customs CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Japanese motorcycle most commonly associated with café racer conversions is the ubiquitous Honda CB750. But we haven’t seen anything like this one before. It’s raw and different, with a rough ‘n’ ready look that strangely works. It was built by the Alabama shop Garage… Read more »

  • Honda VT750 by Luca Bar

    Honda VT750 by Luca Bar

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    The stock Honda VT750 (or Shadow) is an unassuming Sportster clone. It’s pitched at beginner riders who prefer easygoing Japanese reliability to Harley’s contrived contemporary image. And like most Hondas, the VT750 is neat and well-designed, but could do with a little more style—or brio.… Read more »

  • Whitehouse CB750 Motorimoda

    Whitehouse CB750 Motorimoda

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the most consistent Japanese custom motorcycle builders is Whitehouse, famous for meticulous replicas of classic Japanese racebikes and recreations of the Mad Max “Kwaka” KZ1000. But Whitehouse’s main business is retro-styling modern CB750s. For this latest model, the company has hooked up with… Read more »

  • Honda CB450 cafe racer

    Honda CB450 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Honda’s CB450 never quite met its sales expectations, despite being one of the few 1960s motorcycles to hit the magic 100bhp/liter mark. Honda claimed it was a 450 with the power of a 650—and yes, it was a technological step forward from the British twins… Read more »

  • Honda RC125 replica

    Honda RC125 replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    This replica of a works Honda motocross bike is causing a ripple in vintage motocross circles. In the mid-70s, the poster boy for motocross was Marty Smith, and he rode an RC125 Elsinore. Although it looked similar to the Elsinore you could buy at your… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Honda CB750

    Wrenchmonkees Honda CB750

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Here’s an exclusive peak at the latest creation from the Copenhagen-based Wrenchmonkees. They’ve already made a name for themselves with Honda CB750 café racers, causing a stir last year when ‘Gorilla Punch’ appeared. But their latest CB750 is a budget customer project, rather than a… Read more »

  • Honda CB550F cafe racer

    Honda CB550F cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    While browsing the addictive SOHC Forum, I stumbled across some images of this beautiful Honda CB550F Super Sport cafe racer. It’s owned by Larry Pearson, who was happy to provide a little background. “I picked the CB550F up as a rolling chassis from a very… Read more »

  • Honda CBX custom

    Honda CBX custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    In 1979, the Honda CBX Super Sport was the fastest production motorcycle in the world. And it still looks sharp today. This brutal-looking machine is owned by Javier Cragnolini, an Audi Technical Instructor from Florida, who rescued the bike from a drag racer. “The bike… Read more »

  • Honda CB160 ‘Poco Bastardo’

    Honda CB160 ‘Poco Bastardo’

  • Scott Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. This charming 1966 Honda CB160 was previously owned by ex-professional skater and actor Jason Lee (of My Name is Earl, Chasing Amy, and Almost Famous). It was built by Jay and the talented guys at Lossa Engineering of California;… Read more »

  • Vicious Cycle CB160

    Vicious Cycle CB160

  • Scott Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. There’s a bit of a Honda CB160 racing craze taking over America, and one shop is leading the charge. They go by the name of Vicious Cycle, they built the machine in the picture above, and they’ve been working… Read more »

  • Honda RC125M

    Honda RC125M

  • Richard Fowler Racing Motorcycles ,

    This radical motocrosser from 1980 was the result of the Honda factory’s open chequebook—and a desperate desire to see off its rivals. Born in response to Gilera‘s twin cylinder motocross bike, the Honda RC125M Twin was nothing short of a beautifully engineered technological marvel. Producing… Read more »

  • Lil’ Dog

    Lil’ Dog

  • Diesel Custom Motorcycles ,,

    By guest writer Diesel of Visual Gratification. This isn’t the usual sort of bike you see on this site. But please bear with us, because sometimes good things come in small packages. In the present world, small is the in-thing—from nano laptops to compact cell… Read more »

  • Honda CL350 cafe racer

    Honda CL350 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Photographer Joshua Hoffman sent in this terrific image of his monochromatic CL350 café racer. “I found it in a jewelry store in Chapel Hill, NC that was using the bike more or less as décor,” says Hoffman. “The owner rode a while back, and wanted… Read more »

  • Honda CB650 custom

    Honda CB650 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    You don’t see many Honda CB650s around. They were based on the tooling of the CB550/4, and even though the engine is only a little smaller than the famed CB750, it’s the bigger bike that got all the sales—and now headlines the custom scene. Yet… Read more »

  • The “new” Vincent Black Shadow

    The “new” Vincent Black Shadow

  • Honda CB250RS tracker

    Honda CB250RS tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Is this the perfect, low-cost urban street tracker? Honda’s CB250RS is one of the unsung heroes from the early 80s: it was brisk, maneuverable and light, weighing less than 130 kg. And in the hands of the right builder, it can be transformed into a… Read more »

  • Honda RC30

    Honda RC30

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The king of the superbike hill at the end of the 1980s was Honda’s exquisite VFR750R, more commonly known as the RC30 in the USA. It was essentially a homologation special created for the World Superbike championship, and rider Fred Merkel accordingly won two titles.… Read more »

  • Cook Customs Rambler

    Cook Customs Rambler

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Cook Customs bikes invariably have a classy, retro charm, which makes them stand out from the stereotypical Hot Wheels glitz purveyed by many other US builders. Dave Cook’s AMD Championship-winning bike ‘Rambler’ has a distinct vintage feel, and is powered by what he mysteriously refers… Read more »

  • Honda CX500 cafe racer

    Honda CX500 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Honda’s CB series of motorcycles tends to get all the attention on the custom scene. But a surprising number of CX500s are also being given a makeover, as this lovely café racer spotted on ADVrider shows. The CX500 appeared in 1978; it was designed to… Read more »

  • 1969 Honda CL350

    1969 Honda CL350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Chris Fiaccone is a US garage builder with a vision, and an embryonic parts company to match—MotoFiaccone. This gorgeous late 60s Honda is his own creation, with a light and elegant style hiding some pretty substantial work. The frame has been chopped, boxed and heavily… Read more »

  • 1971 Honda CB450 K4

    1971 Honda CB450 K4

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    When I first saw this bike, I thought it was new—Honda jumping on the SR400 bandwagon and manufacturing an oldie for the home market. But it isn’t. It’s an amazingly meticulous restoration by reader Bill Lane, who bought a rusted out CB for a couple… Read more »

  • Bladerod


  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Owner Mark Boxer calls Bladerod “Australia’s toughest CBR900”. I don’t know how many Fireblades there are down under, but it is a pretty mean looking machine. Boxer is a journalist and stunt rider—interesting combo—and apparently built this bike in just 34 days. It’s a ’98… Read more »

  • Honda CL350

    Honda CL350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I don’t know the provenance of this lovely café racer racer conversion, spotted on Rocket Garage. It’s a CL350, which was introduced in ’68 and is a sister bike to the CB350. Despite selling big numbers into the first half of the 70s, the CL350… Read more »

  • Honda RCB1000 replica

    Honda RCB1000 replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    One of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time is Honda’s pretty RCB1000. In 1976 it won the Bol d’Or 24-Hour Endurance Race, and seven out of the eight rounds in the European Endurance Championship. The bike above is not an original RCB1000 though—it’s… Read more »

  • Honda Dream 50R

    Honda Dream 50R

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    In 1962, Honda revealed its first 50cc-class works racer, the RC110. At the same time, it released a road-legal version called the CR110 Cub Racing. Like many small-capacity motorcycles of this era, these were elegant machines, with a delicate minimalism that seems to appeal more… Read more »

  • Honda CB350 by Benjie’s Café Racers

    Honda CB350 by Benjie’s Café Racers

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is Benjie Flipprboi’s ‘El Poquito’, or ‘little one’. It started out as a 1969 Honda CB350 and ended up as a lightweight, vintage-style café racer inspired by the gorgeous Matchless G50. Note the new tank, long and narrow, with knee indents. And the short… Read more »