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 - Project Primo – Thracian Honda CB750

Project Primo – Thracian Honda CB750

It’s not often I hear of custom workshops offering 3-year warranties. However, new Bulgarian workshop Thracian bikes are doing just that with their first shop release, the ‘Primo’ Honda CB750. This is because they are confident this nut and bolt overhaul won’t let its new owner down, and it’s easy to see…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - La Interceptor – Senor Motorcycles CB750

La Interceptor – Senor Motorcycles CB750

There are only a handful of automotive films that I regard as truly great. Sitting at the top of the list is George Miller’s 1979 production of Mad Max. In the role that defined his career, Mel Gibson played Max Rockatansky, a police officer fighting to keep the peace in an unhinged…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Honda Neo Sports Cafe CB1000R – Ride Review

Honda Neo Sports Cafe CB1000R – Ride Review

In the world of modern-retro motorcycles, there’s a new player who is somewhat of a black sheep. That’s mainly due to the fact that this motorcycle isn’t as “retro” looking as it’s brethren. To get around the issue its manufacturer (Honda) has created a new category of motorcycle which they’ve coined ‘Neo…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - True Elegance – Sinroja Honda CB500

True Elegance – Sinroja Honda CB500

While ground up builds that push the boundaries of design and engineering are great, its the less ostentatious projects that often win me over. Take for instance this Honda CB500 cafe racer by Sinroja motorcycles. To the untrained eye the bike could be mistaken as simply a clean vintage Honda, but in…

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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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