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 - Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

Done and Dusted – Honda CB750 K2

It’s been almost a year since I featured Andy Mergerle’s Honda CB750 cafe racer project. It’s not often I publish an incomplete bike. I liked the look of Andy’s CB so much though that I couldn’t pass it up. Since then he’s continued to work on the CB750 K2 and now it’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Minority Customs Honda CB400 Big Show

Minority Customs Honda CB400 Big Show

Earlier this month I ventured to Indonesia with Luke from Fuel Tank. This was our 5th year attending the Kustomfest show in Jogjakarta and, as always, it was a blast. Kustomfest is just one of many amazing custom culture events taking place in the Emerald Isle. Indonesia’s population exceeds 230 million and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Toto Green – Honda CBX550

Toto Green – Honda CBX550

During the sports bike boom of the 1980s Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were in their prime. In 1982 Honda released a new addition to their middleweight sports category, the CBX550. Powered by their latest DOHC inline 4 the CBX was in many ways the successor of Honda’s much loved CB 400 Four. The…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

10 Off-The-Shelf Modern Cafe Racers

Is there such a thing as a factory built cafe racer? If you ask a purist they’ll tell you no way, but Honda, Ducati, Triumph, BMW and several other manufacturers are determined to have you thinking otherwise. It’s become pretty clear that this Cafe Racer fad is well and truly here to…

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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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