Honda Motorcycles

Honda is currently the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Japan. In the 1960s they became a household name in the USA thanks to their "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" advertising campaign. By the 1980s, they produced upwards of 3 million bikes a year. The Honda CB750 has been credited with being the world's first superbike and has become the poster child of the modern cafe racer scene.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Tannermatic Racer – AHRMA Honda CB175

Tannermatic Racer – AHRMA Honda CB175

From his ‘Tannermatic’ workshop in Hull, Massachusetts, Matt Tanner restores and fabricates composite parts. An average day at Tannermatic consists of working on projects that span the automotive, marine and architectural sectors. He’s built everything from one-off carbon fibre fuel tanks to restoring 1950s sailboats and is a master of his trade.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Never Surrender- Nitrocycles Honda Bol D’or

Never Surrender- Nitrocycles Honda Bol D’or

By the late seventies, Honda had become a household name in the United States and they were eager to achieve a similar level of popularity around the world. Due to their successes at European Endurance races, they decided to produce a bike aimed specifically for the European market. Taking cues from their…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Vote of confidence – Garth’s Honda CX500

Vote of confidence – Garth’s Honda CX500

I’ve seen plenty of personal builds that have been inspired by professional ones. It’s not often they stack up to be as good as the pro builds though. Today I think it is safe to say that this one does. It’s a bold statement I know, so read on and you can…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bare Essentials – Bolt Honda CB750

Bare Essentials – Bolt Honda CB750

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. I have no doubt Mr. Da Vinci would be repeating those words if he was here to see this Honda CB750 by Spanish workshop Bolt Motor Co. I receive a regular stream of CBs through my inbox and it takes something unique to capture my attention. Usually,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Banshee – Andy’s Honda CB350F

The Banshee – Andy’s Honda CB350F

The act of swinging a leg over a mates bike and actually riding it are two completely different experiences. This is going to be a different write up compared my usual “…and then he put clip ons on and a single seat” type of tale. Not only did I get to shoot…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Race-bred Rendition – X AXIS Honda CBX750

Race-bred Rendition – X AXIS Honda CBX750

The 2018 Bike Shed show has been and gone. For those who were lucky enough to attend the London based event, they were treated to a collection of 239 amazing custom motorcycles from around the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky ones to make the show. The…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Small Thrills – Whitcraft Honda CB175

Small Thrills – Whitcraft Honda CB175

Someone wittier than me once said “It’s more fun to ride a slow motorcycle fast than to ride a fast motorcycle slow” and I couldn’t agree with them more. There’s something truly exhilarating about having the throttle of a small bike pinned all the way around as you scream down the freeway.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Missing Piece – Puzzle Garage Honda Rebel

The Missing Piece – Puzzle Garage Honda Rebel

In 2015 Italian restauranteur Alessandro Dell’unto rented a small workshop space 500m from his restaurant. Why? Because when he’s not refining his latest offering of culinary delights Alessandro spends his time-wrenching on motorcycles. It’s an unusual recipe (pun intended) but ones that seem to have hit a chord as the bikes he’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Fantastic Four – XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

Fantastic Four – XTR Pepo Honda Hornet

Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo has been in the custom motorcycle building business for more than twenty years and he certainly doesn’t seem to be losing any steam. For his latest project, Pepo’s given a fairly staid UJM Honda a striking overhaul. The donor for the project was a 2001 Hornet 600…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Family Ties – Kaspeed Honda CB500

Family Ties – Kaspeed Honda CB500

My name is Jimmy Dressel and together with my twin brother Mick and our dad Karsten we build bikes in our workshop, Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles. We reside in the state of Saxony in Germany. My dad’s passion for motorcycles started in the 1970s but lay dormant during our younger years until the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Century Racer – Steve Caballero Honda Racer

Century Racer – Steve Caballero Honda Racer

Fabian Campos and David Morales of the Denton Moto Collective are all about helping people realize their two-wheeled dreams. At their shared workshop space in Texas, they’ve amassed an impressive portfolio of custom motorcycle builds for their customers, but their latest project could be a pivotal one. Not only has this 1969…

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