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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.


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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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Venice Bobber

Posted on September 27, 2009 by Scott in Bobber. 3 comments

We love how Chris Tragert from Venice Choppers describes his custom bobber; “This bare-knuckle venice bobber is a product of its environment. A light, compact weapon needed to slice through the traffic-choked urban sprawl surrounding the sea-side oasis where it was conceived. Lightweight, quickness, agile handling, and good brakes were top priority. The resulting menacing appearance would give murderous cagers something to text about”. This mad candy red bobber has the unmistakeable 78 CB750F motor. Stripped down and rebuilt with stainless hardware. Love those pipes and we bet they make a great bark. For a full list of the specs (written beautifully by the way) check out their website or for more pics visit the gallery.


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The Pimp CB750

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 3 comments

Ian Halcott from Twinline Motorcycles in Seattle has always had a passion for Japanese motorcycles. This awesome CB750 was one of Ian’s first custom projects. He spent almost a year perfecting this bike. Here’s a taste of some of the work on this beautiful cafe racer. A genuine Yoshimura pipe, a glass airtech bimota style tank, the seat was fabbed out of 20 gage steel, they built a fresh motor, powder coated the frame gold, reservoir shocks and lots more. Check out his website to see more of Twinlines amazing creations. [Ian tells me that he’s going to update his website soon but keeps finding a wrench in his hand instead of the computer mouse.]


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Distressed CB750

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Rat. 3 comments

Kott Motorcycles is a small custom shop near Los Angeles California, specializing in the restoration and customization of 1970’s era Honda 750’s, 550’s, and 350’s. Like us, the owner Dustin Kott has a passion for cafe racers. We love the raw look of his bikes especially this 750 named ‘Distressed’. With clubman bars, hand formed racer seat and no fenders, this bike has been done in true cafe style. Check out more bikes from Kott and this nicely shot video of Kott in action.

 


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CB550 Cafe Racer

Posted on August 25, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 13 comments

One of our favourite forums is the SOHC4 forum. They always have the most amazing Cafe Racers being posted by their members. Like this spectacular yellow 1976 Honda CB550 by Chris from New Jersey. He purchased the original bike for only $600 and has turned it into one of the sweetest cafe racers we have seen this year. We are definitely bias to the Benjies style of cafe racer. The tank, seat and paint job are absolutely perfect. Hit the jump to see Chris’s build pics and more details about this beast.


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Honda CBX Cafe Racer

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

The Honda CBX1000 was the first motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. This one is a Moto Martin CBX. Can’t find much information about the bike but I know Moto Martin are legends in the performance motor bike industry. The French company started by George Martin in the 70’s. They constructed special frames for powerful Japanese engines, 2 stroke and four stroke. There were generally several different kits. You could choose the system of exhaust or only the type of frame plus lots of other options. Anyway we rate this Moto Martin and love the look of those sexy CBX pipes.


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Honda CX500 Cafe Racer

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Scott in Café Racer. 3 comments

Ah, the humble Honda CX500. Born in the late 1970s, with production ending by the mid 1980s. It was Honda’s plan that the CX series would take on the smaller Moto Guzzi and BMW motocycles. They spent a lot of cash to achieve the best design they could. 30 years later it is still a popular cafe racer project bike. We found this beautiful CX500 on the Chopper Charles Forum (great site for those who love their CX500 & GL500’s). Built by a guy in Virginia, USA who goes by the name Pampadori. He loves Honda’s and you can view his collection on this flickr page. Well worth a look.


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