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Sailor’s Choice: A Monkey that flits between sea and shore

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. After all, it’s the foundation of business for brands such as Harley-Davidson and Indian, and model lines such as Triumph’s ‘modern classics’ and the BMW R nineT and R18. It’s also the driving force behind ‘Gorilla,’ the latest build from Bunker, the prolific custom powerhouse based in Istanbul. Mert and Can Uzer, the brothers behind Bunker, were inspired by their customer’s reminiscing—which dates back to an early fascination with minibikes in the 1970s....
Tags: Motorcycles, Greek Islands, Harley Davidson, Bunker, Puig, ALP, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Bunker Custom Cycles, Mert, Honda Monkey, Bazzaz, Honda cafe racer, Istanbul Mert, Vieux Port de Cannes, Harley Fat Boy


Clevere Kommission: Kingston’s CB650R street tracker

The Honda CB650R has a lot going for it. The middleweight roadster is easy to ride and well made, and it comes with decent suspension and a 94 hp inline four. It also has some of the best exhaust pipework of any showroom-stock bike. This modern CB doesn’t, however, get the love that the older CBs have attracted in the custom scene—or the attention lavished on less elegant rivals such as the Yamaha MT-07. And that’s a shame, given the strength of the underlying mechanicals. This might be ab...
Tags: Motorcycles, Kingston, Honda, Yamaha, Pirelli, Dirk, CB, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Kingston Custom, Dirk Oehlerking, Kingstom Custom, Street Tracker, Honda Germany, Underneath Dirk


Speed Read, 13 December 2020

It’s all about Honda this week, with a Gundam-inspired limited edition Monkey from Thailand, a murdered-out Dommie from Sweden, and a crisp XR650 supermotard from Italy. The outlier is a modern BMW GS sidecar rig that could transport two in comfort from one end of a continent to another. Honda Dominator by Gorm Taube The evergreen Dommie is a brilliant bike for modification: it’s tough, has excellent parts support, and is relatively cheap and easy to find. This stealthy custom is one of th...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, England, Sweden, US, Thailand, Motorcycles, Italy, Netherlands, Bmw, Honda, Washington State, Volvo, Pacific Northwest, Gothenburg


Run the Streets: A Honda Super Cub with a skateboard rack

K-Speed have mastered the art of Honda Cub customization. It started when they got a call from Honda Thailand two years ago, asking them to build a custom Super Cub to celebrate the new model’s release. Since then, the Bangkok custom powerhouse has hit the accelerator—refining ideas and developing new parts along the way. We’ve loved tracking their progress too, because we can’t resist seeing the world’s most popular scooter hopped up. K-Speed’s latest offering is the dopest yet; a brand new ...
Tags: Thailand, Motorcycles, Honda, Bangkok, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Thailand, Honda Super Cub, Honda Cub, K-Speed, Honda Super Cub customs, Custom Moped


Black Swan: A hot-rodded Honda CB900 with Ducati parts

The Honda CB900F was respectable forty years ago, but today it’s outgunned by sportbikes that are lighter, quicker and better equipped. But what if you gave the venerable CB new running gear and a bored out motor? NCT Motorcycles have just done that—and modernized its looks, too. This 1980 model Honda CB900F arrived at the Austrian shop with a concept from its owner. He named it ‘Black Swan’ after the black swan theory: a metaphor for something unexpected that has a big impact. NCT took th...
Tags: David, Motorcycles, Ducati, Slovenia, Honda, Salzburg, Exif, Pirelli, Brembo, NCT, Black Swan, Honda Motorcycles, LSL, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, NCT Motorcycles


Not Too Late: A Brat-Style Honda CB500 Four

Most custom projects are completed in a matter of months, or even weeks. But sometimes the story of a bike can stretch out to years or decades. That’s the case with this delightful Honda CB500, which has spent the last 13 of its 46 years in the care of Italian enthusiast Pierluigi Intini, who lives in Rome. He bought it in 2007, when he was just 24. Pierluigi now knows the perky inline four inside out, and he’s transformed it not once, but twice. The Honda originally replaced an Aprilia 50...
Tags: Rome, Motorcycles, Honda, Copenhagen, Roma, Naples, Kawasaki, Daytona, Selle, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Pierluigi, Honda CB500, Honda cafe racer, Cafe racers, Pierluigi Intini


Hot Rod: A Californian Honda CB700SC Nighthawk restomod

Everyone knows and loves the iconic Honda CB750, but have you heard of the Honda CB700SC Nighthawk? Honda marketed it in the US from 1984 to 1986, as an answer to the infamous 1983 tariff. But it was a pretty rad motorcycle in its own right, too. In a bid to help Harley-Davidson, the US slapped a 45% import tariff on all foreign motorcycles over 700 cc. The CB700SC’s 696 cc inline-four meant it could sneak under the limit, and it still made a respectable 80 hp and 61 Nm. It also had a shaft d...
Tags: California, US, Motorcycles, Portland Oregon, Honda, Harley Davidson, Chris, San Diego California, Rod, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Restomod, Mike Hailwood, Joe Bell, Pirelli Sport Demon, Honda Nighthawk


Cafe ‘Blade: A home-built Honda CBR900RR cafe racer

We’ve learnt to never underestimate garage builders. After-hours projects are usually executed with little money, but an abundance of time—and that sparks creativity and ingenuity. This home-built cafe racer is sharp and minimalistic, but it’s also a bitsa of the highest order. Using a crashed 1996 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade as a donor, builder Leo Poulsen built it up with a mash up of parts that’s borderline genius. Oh, and it’s the first build out of his home garage, too. Leo started out a...
Tags: UK, Ebay, Motorcycles, Ducati, Leo, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki Ninja, VTR, TRW, EBC, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Jutland Denmark, Norton Dominator


CB XXX: A top-spec Honda CBX1000 from dB Customs

The Honda CBX1000 is not only iconic—it’s massive. The six-cylinder, 24-valve behemoth was a beast in every sense of the word: an unapologetic sport bike that was blindingly quick for its time. It was also designed way before stubby tail sections were en vogue. Old CBXs look unbalanced by today’s standards—but to purists, they hark back to a time where function trumped form. If that’s your vibe, rejoice: this CBX1000 restomod from dB Customs still wears all of its original bodywork… and paint...
Tags: New York, Motorcycles, Honda, Customs, Darren, Brembo, CNC, Honda Motorcycles, Suzuki GSX, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Dyna, Restomod, Honda CBX, Darren Begg, Xtreme Motorsports


Speed Read, 25 October 2020

News from two major OEMs this week, as BMW Motorrad update the R nineT, and Honda release a new Grom. Plus we’ve got a sharp BMW R1200R custom from Deus, a Yamaha XS650 from Colt Wrangler, and a look at a new fat-tired utility bike that’s about to hit the market. BMW update the R nineT The R nineT‘s been a success for BMW, so it’s just been updated with a host of small yet significant changes. The biggest news is that its boxer motor is now Euro5 compliant, thanks to engine changes based a...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Dave, Motorcycles, Bmw, Jeremy, HRC, Honda, Exif, Yamaha, Alcantara, Brembo, BMW Motorrad, Marc, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles


OTT: A Honda CBX1000 with single-sided suspension

The danger with commissioning a custom motorcycle is that you end up with something so unique, or expensive, that it’s not viable to sell it in the future. Of course, this is only a problem if you actually plan to let the bike go… which the owner of this outrageous Honda CBX1000 never will. This CBX was built by Dutch shop WiMoto, and belongs to a gentleman named Reinoud. The previous owner had already poured a lot of love and money into customizing it—but was then diagnosed with terminal can...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Bmw, Volkswagen, Honda, Ott, SolidWorks, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Honda CBX, Honda cafe racer, JSR Service, Tony Foale, Cafe racers, Wido


Building a mini chopper out of a … Honda CG110

We don’t often feature choppers: the innovation and irreverence that permeated that scene in the 60s and 70s evaporated a long time ago. But there are builders out there who stay true to the original spirit of make-do and rebellion. Southeast Asia is now the hotbed for this approach, with multiple builders using traditional skills to overcome limited resources and tight budgets. This wacky little Honda CG110 with a suicide shift is a great example, and comes from East Malaysian builder Nasir ...
Tags: Southeast Asia, Africa, Motorcycles, Kuala Lumpur, Honda, Borneo, Kuching, Yamaha, Nasir, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Nasir Morni Like


Gold Standard: Unik Edition’s stunning Honda Seven-Fifty

We love to hear success stories from builders, and Tiago Gonçalves and Luis Gonçalves of Unik Edition are on a roll. The Portuguese duo first hit our radar four years ago, and now have a crew of seven in their shop. In the last two years Unik have ‘gone pro’ and delivered 28 customs. Despite the shared surname, Tiago and Luis not brothers—but they have a common vision and a good eye for style. This elegant 1996 Honda CB750 Seven-Fifty is the latest machine to roll out of Unik, and it was a s...
Tags: US, Motorcycles, Honda, Francisco, Lisbon, TIG, CNC, Luis, Tiago, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda CB750, Koso, CB750 cafe racer, Honda cafe racer, Tiago Gonçalves


Winging It: Deus Japan reworks the obscure Honda GL400

They couldn’t have picked a worse time, but our friends at Deus ex Machina Japan have finally managed to open their new store in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa district. And they’re celebrating in style—with a very sharp and slightly offbeat Honda GL400 street tracker. If you’re not overly familiar with the GL400, don’t worry—it’s not a particularly well documented model. Officially designated the ‘GL400 Wing,’ it was effectively a downscaled CX500, sold only in the Japanese market. So it came with...
Tags: Japan, Motorcycles, Tokyo, Batman, Honda, BRIDGESTONE, Custom, Brembo, Suzuki, Asakusa, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles, Tomoyuki, Custom Motorcycles, Comstar, Deus Customs


Lightly caffeinated: A CB400F from Mokka Cycles

For a bike that was only on sale in the US for a couple of years, the Honda CB400F had a massive impact. In many ways, it was the first Japanese sportbike: it had six gears, fashionably low bars, a beautiful engine (with a stratospheric 10,000 rpm redline) and fabulous styling. It’s an attractive machine in stock form, and the best examples in original condition sell for $10,000 or more in the US. This very sharp custom, however, was in a rather sorry state when before it was rebuilt by Mokka...
Tags: Facebook, UK, US, Austria, Hungary, Motorcycles, Honda, Wien, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Mokka, Arpi, Cognito Moto, Honda cafe racer, Arpi Bozi, Mokka Cycles


‘Lil’ Pussy’: A Honda Dax chopper with a sense of humor

At the risk of making a sweeping statement, most chopper builders take themselves very seriously. For every Technicolor humorist like Rick Fairless, there are ten stony-faced Dyna bros posing by their bikes in the ubiquitous flannels, work shorts and Vans. The fellas at Zambrag Garage in Bali don’t fit this mold. They usually build classic old school choppers with sissy bars, but scroll down their Instagram feed and you’ll see smiles and kids goofing off around the bikes. We were smiling t...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Bali, Motorcycles, Honda, Suzuki, Honda Motorcycles, Solin, Custom Motorcycles, Dyna, TDR, Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, Honda Super Cub customs, Honda DAX, Rick Fairless, Zambrag Garage


The Apprentice: A Honda Egli returns home for restoration

Most businesses need a succession program. And if you’ve been operating for more than half a century, training up the next generation becomes a rather pressing matter. Egli Motorradtechnik, the famous Swiss workshop that can trace its history back to 1965, has taken big steps to protect its future. And this very smart Honda-powered special is proof—because it’s been restored to perfection by a young apprentice called Sara. In Switzerland, a mechanic apprenticeship takes four years, with on...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Switzerland, Honda, Lockheed, Sara, Brembo, Egli, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Campagnolo, Restomod, Honda CB900, Honda cafe racer, Cafe racers, Honda Egli


Giant Killer: Honda CB400F ‘Raptor’ by Ripple Rock Racers

It’s a long time since we’ve featured what you might call a ‘traditional’ café racer. The term is used very loosely these days—we’re as guilty as anyone—and it’s easy to forget how far we’ve moved on from the classic style. So this Kandy-Kolored tangerine-flake streamliner is a good reminder of ground zero. It comes from Kemp Archibald of Toronto’s Ripple Rocker Racers, and it’s been gracing the window of the local Town Moto store since March. The guys at Ripple Rocker Racers make custom ...
Tags: Facebook, England, California, Toronto, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Ontario, Kawasaki, Buchanan, Deutsch, Russell, Brembo, Kemp, Bates, Yoshimura


A Honda CT125 Hunter Cub … with a ‘Gatling gun’ exhaust

The Honda CT125 Hunter Cub is one of the most exciting motorcycles to come out of Big Red’s stable in recent times. Effectively a ‘scrambler’ version of the C125 Super Cub (‘T’ is for ‘Trail’), it’s a pint-sized adventure scoot that harks back to Honda’s beloved ‘Postie’ bikes. You get a 125 cc air-cooled four stroke with both electric and kick-start systems, a four-speed ‘box, 17” wheels and disc brakes. But more importantly you also get a sump guard, a massive rear rack and just enough susp...
Tags: Asia, Thailand, Motorcycles, Honda, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, K-Speed, Honda Super Cub customs, Custom Moped


Better than the original: A CB550 from Thirteen & Company

Once in a while, a custom motorcycle builder will create a machine that attracts attention like nothing else in their portfolio. For LA-based Kyle Vara of Thirteen and Company, it’s a Honda CB550 that he built four years ago, nicknamed ‘Amber.’ Amber turned so many heads, Kyle got close to 20 requests from around the world to duplicate it. But like most artists, he’s more interested in expanding his portfolio than repeating the same formula. And then his buddy Jeff Campagna, proprietor of Ste...
Tags: La, Canada, Motorcycles, Honda, Caribbean, Michael, Kyle, Rick, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Honda CB550, Honda cafe racer, Jeff Campagna, Kyle Vara of Thirteen and Company, Steeltown Garage


Super Six: A Honda CBX 1000 from France

Despite the fact that motorcycles seem to keep getting bigger, the six-cylinder engine layout has never really caught on. Only a handful of bikes have employed it, and these days it’s reserved for mammoth tourers. That gives the Honda CBX 1000 a touch of the mythical. Even though it was eventually outsold by the CB900F, the CBX 1000 was Honda’s flagship sportbike at the time. These days, it’s fast approaching cult status—which is why Dimitri at Lys Motorcycles picked one to customize. Bas...
Tags: Facebook, France, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Brembo, Dimitri, Monza, FCR, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Motogadget, Restomod, Honda CBX


Analog turns the Honda Hawk GT 650 into a flier

For some people , custom motorcycles are just a hobby. But for others, they put food on the table—and that’s when it pays to have a good measure of business savvy. Tony Prust gets it; he runs a tight ship at his shop, Analog Motorcycles. Every new customer gets directed to an online inquiry form, so that Tony knows exactly what he or she wants, and what they hope to spend. And since he prides himself on quality, he’s selective on what he takes on, too. That’s also why this project almost di...
Tags: Facebook, US, Motorcycles, Honda, Todd, Tony, CNC, Magura, CRG, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Analog Motorcycles, Tony Prust, Metzeler Racetec RR, Honda cafe racer


Slow Burner: A 1976 Honda CB550 from MONNOM Customs

Some custom builds strut like peacocks; others reveal their charms slowly. This is one of the slow burners, a seemingly innocuous CB550 that has been assembled with a great deal of craft and thought. It comes from furniture designer Mike Gustafson, who also wields a grinder when operating under the moniker of MONNOM Customs. He first came to our attention three years ago when he built a CB350 with wooden bodywork. That was his second build; this is his fourth. The ‘M4’ project began when ...
Tags: Dane, Australia, Canada, Motorcycles, Iowa, Mike, Rick, DES MOINES Iowa, Kemp, Ikon, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Motogadget, Dyna, Restomod, Honda CB550


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 21 June, 2020

A Honda CB650R scrambler inspired by the Dakar rally, a quirky shovelhead from Keino Cycles, and a peek at the latest bikes from rising Austrian brand Brixton Motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Shovelhead by Keino Cycles New York-based Keino Sasaki has several classic Harley builds under his belt—but most of them are choppers. For this personal project, Keino wanted to do something different while still maintaining his signature style. And he wanted to build a bike that’d be a blast to ride, too...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Motorcycles, Honda, Lisbon, Husqvarna, Brixton, Harley, Yamaha, Dakar, Daytona, McCoy, Dakar Rally, Francesco, Keino, Honda Motorcycles


Little Wonder: Another knockout Honda Cub from 2LOUD

They say you should never do business with friends. Yet the custom scene is full of builders whose friends who have become clients—and vice versa. And if star builder Ma ‘Max’ Yicheng at 2LOUD Custom happened to be your friend, wouldn’t you be tempted to commission something? Max and his partner Lu Yongyu have kicked out a solid stream of commercial hits already, but their most recent two builds were done for their nearest and dearest. This bodacious Honda Cub was built for a close friend (it...
Tags: Facebook, Taiwan, Motorcycles, Honda, Audi, Max, Wolf, Ma, Lu, Yicheng, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Nardo Grey, Honda Cub, 2LOUD Custom


Custom Bikes Of The Week: 7 June, 2020

A crisp Honda V30 Magna tracker, a swooping Norton/Vincent hybrid, a Ducati Hailwood replica up for auction, and a very sharp Ducati ST4S cafe racer. We’d happily put any of these into our garage. Norvin by Stile Italiano We’ve all seen plenty of lust-worthy Tritons; Triumph motors stuffed into Norton frames. The crew at Stile Italiano has built six, plus four ‘Hartons.’ But now they’ve really gone overboard, with this stunning Norvin. You’re looking at a Norton featherbed frame, equipped ...
Tags: Japan, Virginia, US, Motorcycles, Ducati, Honda, Vincent, Norton, Sean, Suzuki, Magna, Harley V Rod, Alfa Romeos, Honda Motorcycles, Johann, Custom Motorcycles


Desert Fox: A Honda XR650 scrambler from Hungary

Way back in the day, scramblers were really just road bikes that were adapted slightly for desert use. And the same is true for the custom scene—when the scrambler style took off, builders were slapping knobby tires on everything from Honda CX500s to Kawasaki W650s. But a new trend has emerged in recent years; taking bonafide dirt bikes, and restyling them with throwback looks. And if you’re building one of those, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better donor than the Honda XR650L. The XR65...
Tags: Texas, US, Hungary, Motorcycles, States, Honda, Budapest Hungary, Daytona, Heidenau, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Mokka, Arpi, Motogadget, Norman Hyde, Moose Racing


Vagabund V13: The Honda NX 650 meets 3D printing

There are some builders who have a very ‘freestyle’ approach, grinding and hammering away at metal until things look right. And then there are the builders who plan everything meticulously beforehand, getting the look and the fit millimeter-perfect—and using technology to the max. Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl of Austria’s Vagabund Moto fall into the modernist camp. Their output is precise rather than prodigious, and they’ve just finished the sleekest Honda NX650 Dominator we’ve ever seen. ...
Tags: Facebook, Austria, Motorcycles, Honda, Husqvarna, PAUL, Alcantara, KTM, Kellermann, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Vagabund Moto, Vagabund, Paul Brauchart, Philipp Rabl


Dirty Duo: Retro scramblers from North East Custom

North East Custom have never been bound to one style. We’ve already seen the Italian outfit build cafe racers and street trackers—but they seem to have the most fun when they’re building scramblers. That’s because brothers Diego and Riccardo ‘Riki’ Coppiello are passionate dirt bikers. When I met them at the Italian Wildays festival a few years ago, they spent more time riding the enduro course than they did manning their stand. So when they build out dirt bikes, they’re designed to be functi...
Tags: Facebook, Motorcycles, Honda, Yamaha, North East, Padua, Diego, Honda Motorcycles, Honda Dominator, Yamaha motorcycles, Riki, North East Custom, Tommaselli, Restomod, Custom Motorcycle Shop, Yamaha XT 600


The Sabbatical: Taking a break to build a CB750 cafe racer

When Brent Becker planned a 45-day sabbatical from his high-stress CEO position, he had no clue it would end up stretching out to six months. And he had even less of an idea that he’d spend that time building a custom motorcycle: a Honda CB750 cafe racer. Brent originally bought his 1973 CB750K, already partially modified, from Flying Tiger Motorcycles in Maplewood, Missouri. His career prevented him from investing the necessary time to keep a vintage bike running smoothly, so he became a reg...
Tags: Motorcycles, Brent, Honda, Moto, Eric, Teresa, Honda Motorcycles, Custom Motorcycles, Keihin, Motogadget, Suzuki GSX R, Honda CB750, Cognito Moto, CB750 cafe racer, Honda cafe racer, Cafe racers