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 - 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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Hornet Queen – Taverne Honda CB600F

Hornet Queen – Taverne Honda CB600F

Honda’s evergreen Hornet has been sold in the tens of thousands since its release in ’98. As a result, there are plenty of them available on the secondhand market at very affordable prices. So if you’re planning a custom Hornet build you’ll need to make something pretty radical to stand out from…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Dominant Lines – MecaServices Honda NX650

Dominant Lines – MecaServices Honda NX650

No one is ever going to stand in front of a Honda NX650 Dominator and exclaim “look at the clean lines on that machine”. Until now. Isidore Delgrosso of MécaServices workshop near Paris made a name for himself with his Honda FX650 Vigor Café Racer. For his latest build, he’s returned to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Deliberately Different – Duke Honda CB500

Deliberately Different – Duke Honda CB500

Remember that time you went to see your friend perform in ‘that show’. You went along willingly but their performance ended up being so out there, so off the wall, so not what you expected that all you could say to them afterwards was “Hey – look at you”. Well “Hey –…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Speedy Spencer – VA x OSB Hornet 600

Speedy Spencer – VA x OSB Hornet 600

Former world champion racer ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer was a force to be reckoned. Spencer’s professional racing career started in 1978 after a win at the 250cc National Championships. That win earned him a place on the newly formed Honda AMA Superbike team. Honda’s decision to work with Spencer quickly paid off when…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Fashionably Great – Camber CB900 Bol d’Or

Fashionably Great – Camber CB900 Bol d’Or

Andy Megerle’s CB750 cafe racer project was a rollercoaster ride of challenges and setbacks. In the end, he managed to turn out an incredible custom Honda that’s one of our all-time favourites. During that build, Andy was approached by a friend to build a similar bike for his apparel brand. It’s hard…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kurva Gang – Bullita CB750 Bol d’Or

Kurva Gang – Bullita CB750 Bol d’Or

I love a good backstory. For many builders, it was the influence of a family member or friend that got them started with customising bikes. Others had professions that gave them the skills to do the job or were simply driven by their desire and passion to build something unique. The story…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Horton – A Manx styled Honda CB750

Horton – A Manx styled Honda CB750

Years ago I saw some pictures of a very low, very mean blue CB750 cafe racer and it was a defining moment in my life. I vowed then and there to build a cafe racer and I was almost certain it was going to be a Honda. There is something about the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 10 Honda Cafe Racer Builds

Top 10 Honda Cafe Racer Builds

As the world’s largest producer of motorcycles, it comes as no surprise that Honda cafe racer builds are commonplace here on Return of the Cafe Racers. If you’ve got your heart set on using a Honda as the donor when you’re building a cafe racer project you’re spoilt for options. There’s a…

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