Honda Cafe Racers

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 - Quintessential UJM – AdHoc Cafe Racers CB750

Quintessential UJM – AdHoc Cafe Racers CB750

The Honda CB750 is often referred to as the original Universal Japanese Motorcycle. This is shortened to UJM, as most motorcycle enthusiasts like you, dear reader, are probably aware. First released in 1969 the CB750 was touted as the most sophisticated motorcycle ever, with its front disc brake and 190+km/h top speed.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Wiese Crack – ’76 CB550 Cafe racer

Wiese Crack – ’76 CB550 Cafe racer

Remember the first time you swung a leg over a bike? Mathias Wiese does. At the tender age of eight, his dad dinked him around town on the family CB550. There was something about that afternoon’s ride that stuck with him. That feeling, that smell, and that inline-four snarl gave the young…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hellion Honda – Origin8or CB750 Brat

Hellion Honda – Origin8or CB750 Brat

The decision whether to customize a pre-eighties Honda CB750 or not is becoming a tough one to make. There was a time when these older CB750s were hot favorites with backyard builders and custom motorcycle workshops. The bikes sold in huge numbers between ’69 and ’78 so there were plenty of affordable…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Goldwing Standard – Dragon’s Motorcycles GL1000

Goldwing Standard – Dragon’s Motorcycles GL1000

Spain’s Dragon’s Motorcycles created a massive stir with just one build. Their debut creation, a glorious six-cylinder BMW KL1100LT trimmed into a cafe racer, turned heads and raised pulses when it was unveiled. And now, one year later, Pablo Pérez González and the Dragon’s team released a follow up to their Beemer.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Mutant – Officine GP Design Honda X-ADV

The Mutant – Officine GP Design Honda X-ADV

Pour yourself a stiff drink and sit down. I’ve got news for you. This neo cafe racer by Turin’s Officine GP Design dubbed the X-Mutant C5 was once a scooter. In 2016 Honda released a dirt-oriented scooter dubbed the X-ADV. That’s right. A scoot with an off-road focus. If you’re not one…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Pitbull – AMS Garage CB650

The Pitbull – AMS Garage CB650

The late seventies Honda CB650 is commonly referred to as being a ‘standard motorcycle’. We doubt anyone would be using that term to refer to this bike by Indonesian workshop AMS Garage. Workshop owner Ajus Mulyawarman calls it his “drag cafe racer – Pitbull” and it’s the wildest Honda CB650 we’ve ever…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hot Rodded Honda – Rogue CB900 Bol d’Or

Hot Rodded Honda – Rogue CB900 Bol d’Or

My hometown of Perth, Western Australia offers some of the best year-round riding weather on the planet. Unsurprisingly motorcycles are a common sight cruising the coastline or weaving through the countryside on weekends. It seems like the perfect environment for custom workshops to blossom. Unfortunately, a relatively small population has slowed the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Forgotten Twin – Crooked Motorcycles CB450

Forgotten Twin – Crooked Motorcycles CB450

Their name may conjure up images of a suspect automotive salesman, but rest assured Crooked Motorcycles is anything but dodgy. Run by two German mates who share a passion for building bikes Crooked MC are now in their second-year business and things are going great guns. For their latest project, the pair…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - A Super Clean CB750 by Scales Studio

A Super Clean CB750 by Scales Studio

Scales Studio is 2 man workshop that specialises in fabrication work and high-end paint. Based in Houston, Texas their list of recent projects include an award-winning 1970 Porsche 911 Targa in pastel blue and a 550bhp LS3 powered Porsche Cayman. Alongside their four-wheeled projects, you’ll always find motorcycles in their workshop. Right…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - TÜV Approved – HB Customs Honda CB900F

TÜV Approved – HB Customs Honda CB900F

Everyone needs a hobby. German-born Holger Breuer found his back in 2004 when he built his first custom motorcycle. Since that project, Holger was built an impressive 30+ custom bikes. What’s equally impressive is that building bikes remains his hobby despite now taking commissions for builds. His full-time career as a mechanic…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Climb Every Mountain – 2V CB400 SuperSport

Climb Every Mountain – 2V CB400 SuperSport

Once upon a time, there were two brothers, Marc and Phillip. They grew up doing all the things two brothers do. Inspired by tales of their father’s journies from Switzerland to Barcelona astride his trusty 125 Yamaha DT it wasn’t long before they developed the same obsession for two wheels. When their…

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