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 - 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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Skin Deep – Honda CM400 Cafe Racer

Skin Deep – Honda CM400 Cafe Racer

One of the things that isn’t often talked about when we feature a custom motorcycle build is what condition the donor bike was in. Buying secondhand motorcycles or any vehicle for that matter is fraught with risks. Years of neglect can be hidden beneath a freshly cleaned exterior or a few new…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Wabi CB – Rollin Bikes Honda 750

Wabi CB – Rollin Bikes Honda 750

The Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi Sabi can be loosely translated as the acceptance of imperfection and transience. Applying this philosophy to a custom motorcycle build is a difficult concept for anyone who lives in a western culture where we constantly strive for perfection. But for Marcin Janusz of Poland’s Rollin Bikes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Other Half – Ask MC Honda XLR250R

The Other Half – Ask MC Honda XLR250R

All good things come in pairs. Take for instance Rad Yamamoto’s (aka Ask Motorcycles) latest project.  This is the second custom build that Rad displayed at the Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, Japan and, like the first, its clacustom-made made aluminum bodywork that was created entirely by his own hands.

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The First Half – Ask MC Honda TLR200

The First Half – Ask MC Honda TLR200

The Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show is a playground for large capacity custom motorcycles. American manufactured machines dominated the 2017 show with a glut of Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Panhead, and Knucklehead choppers on display. However, despite this trend, every year without fail there are a handful of Japanese builders who defy…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Formerly FRKNSTN – Hermanus Ducati Sprint Racer

Following in the footsteps of champions is no mean feat. Before the dust had even settled at the end of the 2017 ‘Sultans of Sprint’ series a pair of aspiring racers were working a deal with the winners to purchase their bike. The 2017 European Sultans of Sprint series was won by…

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