Tag Archives: CB

Back To The Future: custom Honda Nighthawk

Some custom shops like to breathe new life into old motorcycles. Others put a vintage spin on modern machinery. Tito and Jose of Spain’s Macco Motors have gone for the vintage approach with this CB750, and it works a treat. You’d never guess at first glance, but it’s actually a 2002 Honda—the model better known

Honda CB550 cafe racer

I’ve always thought the CB550 is a better deal than its bigger and more famous brother, the CB750. A stock 550 is considerably lighter, only slightly less powerful, and has better handling. With a wet sump system, there’s no oil tank to clutter things up, and it’s easy to move the electrics to the back

Dime City "Four Hundred"

One of the leading lights of the café racer scene in the US right now is Dime City Cycles. Here’s the latest build from Jason and Herm, a very heavily modified Honda CB400—as you may have guessed from its name. It’s a comprehensive overhaul of the classic 70s Super Sport, right down to the modified,

Honda CB550 custom

A short post today: a lovely CB550 café racer belonging to Victor Sultana of Grand Rapids in Michigan. It’s one of those bikes that’s just “right”, and it put a smile on my dial as soon as I saw it. It’s a 1975 CB550, fully restored, and with no engine mods other than the 4-into-1

AN-BU XS650

The Yamaha XS650 just will not die. The parallel twin appeared in 1968—like me—and thanks to cutting-edge unit construction and SOHC design, continued in production until 1985. That’s an extraordinary run for a motorcycle. And along with its SR400 stablemate and Honda’s CB series, the XS650 has become one of the most popular platforms for

CB 100 by Deus Bali

If I were looking for a lifestyle change, hanging out in Bali building custom bikes and surfboards would be near the top of my list. The guys at Deus have obviously been thinking along the same lines, because they’ve just set up the Deus Canggu bengkel (workshop). And this bike is one of the first

Honda Rebel custom

Think of a custom Honda and it’s invariably a CB. I don’t think I’ve seen any Honda Rebel customs before, and I certainly haven’t seen a Rebel bobber. But this little machine, nicknamed ‘Rocky’ by owner Jason Wolske, looks sweet. And even better, he’s catalogued the whole build on a Tumblr blog, along with excellent

Honda CB350 cafe racer

Zach O’Brien got his 1971 CB350 for just $400, running and titled. He’s built several bikes, but this one is a favorite: his wife, daughter and son all helped with the build. After picking up the CB, Zach took it home and “went to town, tearing it down. Cut off as many tabs and extrusions

Honda CB500 Four

Honda’s CB series is the quintessential cafe racer platform, with the CB750 attracting the most attention. The CB500 Four was a lighter, more nimble version launched in 1971, but it was no slouch in the performance department. Its SOHC engine pumped out 50bhp, and an experienced rider could gun this bike to 60mph in a

Honda CX500 cafe racer

Honda’s CB series of motorcycles tends to get all the attention on the custom scene. But a surprising number of CX500s are also being given a makeover, as this lovely café racer spotted on ADVrider shows. The CX500 appeared in 1978; it was designed to compete with smaller capacity Euros such as the BMW boxers

1971 Honda CB450 K4

When I first saw this bike, I thought it was new—Honda jumping on the SR400 bandwagon and manufacturing an oldie for the home market. But it isn’t. It’s an amazingly meticulous restoration by reader Bill Lane, who bought a rusted out CB for a couple of hundred bucks. “Some nice parts came my way, and

The 50s charm of the Royal Enfield Bullet

There are quite a few off-the-shelf retro bikes, combining old world charm with the modern amenities that make motorcycling a pleasure. But what if you want a 50s bike just as it was, 50 years ago? With all the original parts? Well, there actually is such a bike—the Royal Enfield Bullet 350. It’s the only