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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 - 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 Racers

Top 10 Honda Cafe Racers

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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Stir it up – Honda Hornet Cafe Racer

Stir it up – Honda Hornet Cafe Racer

Having the luxury of being able to build motorcycles at your own pace isn’t something most professional workshops enjoy. For the backyard builders though, time generally isn’t an issue. That can be both a blessing and a curse. What starts out as a project fueled by naive enthusiasm can transform into a…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Honda Garage Dreams CB1000R Build Off

Honda Garage Dreams CB1000R Build Off

When Honda finally joined the new wave modern retro movement with the CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe we knew it was only a matter of time before we started seeing them customised. However, rather than waiting for workshops to take it upon themselves to modify the bikes, Honda has kickstarted things with several…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - War Machine – Bold Motorcycles CB500

War Machine – Bold Motorcycles CB500

Good mates building bikes together. That’s essentially what you’ll find at Bold Motorcycles HQ, which happens to be a home garage. The Bold team is made up of long-term mates João and Pedro. You’ll find the pair there, turning spanners after work hours and on most weekends. While this may not be…

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