In the late ’80’s, Honda experimented with a number of very unusual motorcycles. The GB500 was one of them. It took its style from the old cafe racers – which is why i like it so much. One of the best things to come out of the 80’s in my humble opinion (and of course hyper colored tshirts).
The GB500 was a moderate success in Japan, but in the US sales were hindered by the American love for large engines and dislike of the fairly high price tag. Which is why it’s relatively rare bike and has a bit of a cult status.
Here’s a couple of pics of this 80’s classic. The first pic is from an old honda advertisement… Love the birds forming the honda logo.
I am thinking the Deus SR400 TT tank might be the go for my Yamaha. I love the look of it on their Sr400TT. It’s made by The House of Wellington. Sold at Deus.
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This is the Ace Cafe Racer named Little Miss Dynamite built by the Stonebridge Motor Company. What a beautiful machine. It’s a modern take on a cafe racer and packs a might punch. The 100ci S&S v-twin makes 135bhp and 105lb/ft of torque at 75% throttle and 5,000rpm. Other specs include 18” wheels running 120 width tires on the front and 160 on the rear, Öhlins suspension and Stonebridge Motor Company’s own Featherbed ‘Super’ Wideline frame. The 100ci S&S SB Sportster engine is mated to a Baker XL six-speed gearbox. [Via Hell for Leather]
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Wow, these bikes are sweet. Ritmo-Sereno is a japanese custom bike shop turning vintage european bikes into awesome cafe racers. Its not often you see many european cafe racers in japan. Not with all the Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s over there. They also have a great collection of used bikes on their website. Helps if you can read Japanese though. Toire wa doko desu ka?
Ok. I was just on the Deus site and noticed they sell a kit for the SR400 to turn it into what they call a Grievous Angel. Looks so nice all black. Could be an option for my project. Check out these pics to see the kit and what the SR400 looks like after operation….