Honda cafe racers, scramblers and bobbers
The extraordinary legacy of Soichiro Honda: a showcase of the best Honda cafe racers, scramblers, bobbers and trackers. See more at…
Honda USA handed a Grom to the mad scientists at Steady Garage — a Californian shop that specializes in custom mini-motos. “Our vision for the project was to build something that is futuristic looking, with an end-of-the-world vibe,” the Steady guys tells us. “A utilitarian moto that would take on some crazy terrain and look tough.”
The iconic Honda Dommie has never looked so good. This beautifully finished restomod NX650 comes from the Hungarian workshop Neuga, and is built to go anywhere in style — without sacrificing an iota of function.
Remember the 2016 Honda CB1100 TR concept? Conceived by Honda designer Valerio Aiello, the aggressive street tracker unfortunately never made it into production. But its spirit lives on in this gnarly CB1100 RS custom from Rough Crafts in Taiwan.
The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is cute AF out the box, but if anyone knows how to mod the absolute daylights out of it, it’s the Thai custom shop K-Speed. This time around, they’ve used the CT125 as a test bed to develop a set of bolt-on parts, so that you can do it yourself.
Danny Mantyla's garage-built Honda asks the question: what if Honda built an electric bike in the 60s? He’s just treated this 1967 CA160 Dream to an electric motor swap. And he’s done it so well, that it looks even cooler than it used to.
We love seeing how creative custom builders can get with the Honda Monkey. This incredible machine is inspired by a 1930s Union Pacific steam train, of all things. It was created by a builder from Thailand called 'Winny Boy,' who runs the Thai aftermarket motorcycle parts store #MonQeyKing. Using his extensive knowledge of ABS plastic and manufacturing, he built this bike in just 10 days.
Nicknamed the ‘City Surfer,’ this oddball machine started out as a 1969 Honda CB250K. Working from a workshop in the picturesque outskirts of Lamprechtshausen, Austria, builder Christian Reier has transformed the humble twin into a daily runner that’s part baby bagger, and part rolling art canvas.
Kiwi Marcus Drake has gone full retro on his #Honda ST90, right down to the custom-made decals. But with 14" CRF wheels and a bigger-capacity engine, the dynamics are anything but aged. The perfect little around-town scoot?
Austria’s NCT Motorcycles clearly know their way around the Honda CX500. They've just worked their magic on this 1982 model, adding 3D printed bodywork, Ducati forks and a one-off rear frame. They even managed to retain the original signature Comstar wheels in the process.
You can count the store-bought parts on this Honda CB450 street tracker on one hand. It's a marriage of two wrecked old donor bikes, and most parts were made from scratch in builder Peter Rowland's shed. Incredible work!
When your partner runs a top custom shop, you get good presents. This Honda Xl500 was built by Uwe Kostrewa, the guy behind Hombrese Bikes in Cologne. His style is distinct; if it’s a flat tracker or scrambler with a charming retro vibe, Uwe probably built it. This time he’s applied that recipe to a humble 1979 Honda XL500S, turning into a zesty race bike for his girlfriend Steffi. As romantic gestures go, building a custom race bike has to be right up there.
These two new custom cubs from K-Speed almost look like they could have been built by Honda themselves ... in an alternate reality where the brand designers were a little more daring. Wouldn't that be great?
This Honda CB450 café racer comes from Bruno Costa of Caffeine Custom in Brazil, and it’s called the ‘White Shark’—thanks to its slim, pearl-white monocoque. It's never easy to get one-piece bodywork 'right,' but Bruno has nailed it.
K-Speed’s Honda Monkey customs are mega popular, so they’re regularly asked by clients to stick to their winning formula. This one was built for a snowboarding instructor, earning it the nickname ‘Snow Gorilla.’
This Honda GL500 is the last carbureted bike that the Amsterdam workshop Ironwood Custom Motorcycles will ever produce. With a heavily reworked frame and a Ducati Monster 1200 front end, they're saying goodbye to the old school in style.
Customs based on the Honda CX500 are common, but we don’t see many using its CX650 big brother. That’s a shame, because the 673cc variant is a considerably sportier bike, with 25% more power and a much broader torque curve. This elegant café racer from the Bulgarian workshop Tossa R amps up that sporting vibe, with upgraded suspension to match.