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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. 8 comments

This CB550 has been lighting up the switchboard on the SOHC4 forum for the past month. The bike was fastidiously built by a guy from Portland who goes by the forum name Paulages. Paul said on the forum that “When i originally built my CB550, the engine was simply cleaned up and painted, and all bearings and bushings replaced, etc. then, I eventually built the 718cc powerplant, and found that the rest of the bike wasn’t quite what the engine needed”.


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Carpy Wrenching

Posted on March 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 13 comments

It’s not everyday you get to witness a master at work – like Steve “Carpy” Carpenter from the amazing CB750 Cafe doing a bit of ‘wrenching’. Ok, so this might not be the way Carpy usually takes to a cafe racer but it makes an awesome photograph. Shot by talented Los Angeles photographer Jared Schoenemann who is obsessed with two things in life; photography and cafe racers. So when the opportunity arises to combine both his passions, he never looks back.


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Motto Moto CB750

Posted on March 14, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 9 comments

Jason Koschnitzke is an industrial designer by trade and has been wrenching part-time on bikes for many years and many late nights. Recently he decided to follow his dreams and make wrenching his full-time job. So he created Motto Motorcycles which are based in Chicago and have a passion for Japanese style cafe racers and street trackers. The first project was to build a ‘barn fresh’ style bike that looked like it had “40 years of stories to tell”. He purchased a 1978 Honda CB750 for the project and started to create a bad ass 70’s cafe racer that conjured up visions of being discovered in the barn on an old farm in the middle of nowhere – the look he refers to as “barn fresh racer”.


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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on March 7, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 6 comments

Discovered this beautiful CB550 on the frequently updated and entertaining Motorcycle Picture of the Day blog. Completely garage built by a guy called Eric, he goes into great detail about how he created this cafe racer. Eric says he “fitted a set of forks from a 2004 GSX-R 600, using a Harley narrow glide wheel which fit surprisingly well between the calipers; it was almost a plug-n-play operation. The rotors are 320mm units from a Hayabusa which required 10mm spacers underneath the calipers. The eBay front end also came complete with clipons & controls so I decided to go ahead and use them; the right control wouldn’t fit with the bar-end mirror so I binned it in favor of a Motion Pro throttle assembly and start/kill switch from an R6. The rearsets are Tarozzi universals mounted to the passenger peg mounts. The rear wheel is a Harley 3.5×18 rim that I laced to the 550 hub with Buchanan stainless spokes. I popped the top end off the engine and freshened it up a bit with a set of 59mm pistons and camshaft from a SOHC CB650 for a little extra oomph”. Eric has really stamped his individuality on this CB550, we particularly love those Norton commando peashooter exhausts which look like they produce a mighty bark. Check out more pics of this stunning bike and the full story on MPOTD.


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Poor Bastards

Posted on February 27, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

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Portland, Oregon has become a hotspot for the vintage racer scene, especially old Honda’s like the CB160. We have previously mentioned Vicious Cycles but we recently stumbled across another shop called Poor Bastard Cycle Works. They are a small repair, service and fabrication shop in Portland that specialize in creating custom exhaust pipes to get the most out of vintage Japanese and European motorcycles. We particularly like their “Y” pipe which are fabricated by owner Will Jones and not only give the bikes greater performance, they are also very pleasing to the eye. Just by the name alone you can tell the guys at Poor Bastard Cycles have a great sense of humor, but you can also see they are seriously good at what they do. Check the Poor Bastards blog to see more from Will and his team.


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1975 CB750 For Sale

Posted on February 13, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 16 comments

This legendary cafe racer built by Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter of Ton-Up fame is for sale on ebay at the moment. This iconic CB750 is being sold as “the worlds most famous cafe racer”, having been featured in over 16 motorcycle magazines and countless websites around the world. Just some of the features listed include “fiberglass tailpiece, borrani style H rim front wheel, race gas tank, individual air filters, 4 into 1 exhaust, chrome swingarm, remote resevoir shocks, lucas style tail light, clubman handlebars, drilled brakes for weight reduction and rearsets for better ground clearance“. We will be watching the auction closely to see how much this rockabilly cafe racer goes for. The bike is being sold on behalf of OldBikeBarn and has a “buy it now” price of $26k. That figure might be a little ambitious, but you never know when Billy Joel or Jay Leno are looking for another motorcycle for their collection.


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Benjie’s CB350

Posted on October 17, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. 2 comments

We recently received a message from one of our readers saying we had never featured any bikes from Benjie’s Café Racer (BCR) and at first I thought he was wrong, until I did a search. Well, you are damn right and it’s about time we did. Benjie Flipprboi is one hell of a bike builder and we can’t believe this is the first Café Racer we have featured from him. The pictured bike is a 1969 Honda CB350 named ‘El Poquito’ (the little one). Benjie created virtually everything on the bike including the the gas tank, seat, stainless steel clip-ons and rear sets, plus most of the remaining parts of the bike are all hand fabricated. This is one beautiful Café Racer and we appreciate the hard work that’s gone into it. For the whole story on how Benjie built this little red monster read about it here. To see more from BCR check the gallery and their amazing parts catalogue.


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Honda CB550F

Posted on October 13, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 4 comments

This beautifully restored 1976 Honda CB550F Super Sport sat unfinished, perfectly stored in a garage for 12 years before Larry Pearson convinced the owner to part with it. The previous owner, a very talented machinist had already done some work on the vintage road racer. Like a perfect era-correct Kerker exhaust, laid down rear shocks and made almost all of the beautiful aluminum engine covers, the rear sets, the ventilated rear brake hub, the fork brace, clip-ons, muffler hanger and more. Then Larry built the tail section from scratch using the gas tank’s rear half as a mold (genius). He also made the seat, built all the mounts for the fairing and then painted it to his picture perfect standard. It appeared in Cycle World as the “American Flyer” (Aug. ’04) and more recently it took second place in it’s class at the ’08 Legend of the Motorcycle (1/2 point out of first place). We love this Honda CB Cafe Racer and we look forward to sharing Larry’s next project with you. [If you have a project for Larry contact us and we will give you his details]


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Garage Company CB750

Posted on October 8, 2009 by Scott in Brat, Café Racer. 1 Comment
Yoshi Kosaka is the 49-year-old founder of the Garage Company in Los Angeles which is widely regarded as one of the best classic bike shops in the country. The Garage Company not only sells motorcycles but also parts and service manuals, vintage decals and posters, history books and videos, helmets and goggles – anything and everything that caters to the classic bike aficionado. Yoshi owns about 150 motorcycles, just to name some of the bikes in his shop: Norton, Triumph, Ducati, MV Augusta, Harley-Davidson, BSA, Matchless… and Honda, like these magnificant CB750 Cafe Racers. Some of the specs include Yoshimura motor, ARD magneto, Kimtab magnesium wheels, A&H brakes, GP fork, Webber carburetors and painted by the legend SKRATCH. These bikes are for sale if you have some spare cash burning a hole in your pocket. For cost and more details visit their website.

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2010 CB1100

Posted on October 4, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 1 Comment

Wasn’t long ago we were admiring the CB1100 concept and hoping that Honda wasn’t just prick teasing, but would actually start producing a modern retro styled CB. Well, they have finally confirmed production in 2010. No exact dates or pricing confirmed but we hope they price this bike competitively. If it is a success we would love to see Honda starts making many other retro styled bikes including a CB750. The red CB1100 pictured has been slightly customized with a cafe racer styled seat, fairing and black powder coated pipes. Just gives you a taste of what can be achieved. Can’t wait to see these bikes fully customized by the public. [Pic via Hell for Leather]


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