Up until now we had never heard of a Honda JX110 – probably because it’s most commonly found in Thailand. In Thailand there are various models of 110-125cc Honda Motorcycles including cb, jx, cg and gl models. Almost every models use the same frames and engines, but have minor differences like fuel tanks, seats and shock absorbers. This model is a 1981 Honda jx110 and has been turned into a Norton Manx styled café racer by Thai resident Torsak. “My dream motorcycle is a racing-style one with long fuel tank and single seat like former British café racer” Torsak said. “I spent 6 months modifying the whole bodywork except the frame and engine. The work includes a set of Yamaha vr150 shock absorber system and disc brake, change front-wheel and back-wheel size from 17 inch to 18 inch by using vintage D.I.D.’s wheel aluminium rims, the front tire is a Dunlop F11 and the rear tire is a classic Dunlop TT100GP. Fuel tank is from Custom House Stinky in Japan, rearsets from Yoshimura and the headlamp is from Vintage Bike UK .The seat, exhaust and front-back mudguards were all hand made.”
There will be many die-hard Honda enthusiasts who might think taking a mint condition 1971 CB450 and turning it into a Gravel Crew inspired bobber is sacrilegious. I for one, am not one of those people.
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Spotted this stunning Honda CB450 café racer on Kneeslider the other day. The bike was built by Philip Little and was actually started many years ago. “I started this 1972 CB-450 café in 2003” Phil says. “It was to be a showcase bike for my CR450 body kit and hard parts. The bike’s completion, in 2010, came after the CR450 product line was purchased by Robert Ward of Concord, CA”.
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Luca Bar is a young Italian designer who caused a stir on many motorcycle websites around the world with his impressive concept designs. We particularly loved his Moto Guzzi S4 redesign and his Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Sport. This time, Luca has sent us some pictures of his 1986 Honda CB450S fresh from a total restoration. “The bike has been totally disassembled, cleaned, repainted and updated” Luca tells us. “New springs on the forks, back shocks from a Bonneville Scrambler, shorter final gear to get a bit more push from the small engine and many other details”. The CB450S has a nice story, it belonged to the father of a friend of Luca’s for many years (92000km), but he eventually ran it into the ground.
It may not be the latest Wrenchmonkee creation but our friends at Hajarbroxx Motorcycles in Indonesia have achieved a similar look at a fraction of the cost. This low budget beauty all started with the purchase of a 1976 Honda CB100. The swing arm has been swapped with a Honda GL200, bigger tires and a custom Commando-style tailpiece have been added. The small displacement engine has been bored up with a much needed 200cc piston. All finished with a matte paint to achieve the raw look. You can check out the build process on the Hajarbroxx Facebook page.
Joe from Joe’s V Cycle was employed in the airline industry for most of his career as a Lead Aircraft Technician. After numerous years maintaining and rebuilding Boeing and Airbus engines, Joe now spends his time building and restoring classic motorcycles. These beautiful bikes are just a taste of his recent handy work. The stunning blue Ducati is a 1966 Monza 250 and the green Honda is a 1972 cb750. “The Ducati and the CB750 were built this winter over about a 6 month period. Both were total overhauls with both engine and frame suspension plus all the custom work and parts. All the work was done in house except for powder coating and cad plating” says Joe. It’s definitely worth checking out Joe’s custom and restoration galleries.
It’s almost been a year since we featured the CB750F Bobber created by Chris Tragert from Venice Choppers. Chris has again choosen to use the CB750F as the donor bike, but this time creating a mean looking CB750F café racer. “A ‘proper’ café racer is fine for nipping down to the pub for a pint, but the streets of L.A. are no tea party” says Chris. “The starting point was a 78 CB750F, chosen for it’s potent black lump. The Comstar wheels, and bodywork, however, stood in the way of the desired ‘rocker’ look, so a little reverse engineering was in order. Stripped bare, and shaved, the frame is fitted with forks, swingarm, wheels, and pegs from a 69 CB750.
This amazing illustration is by Japanese artist Kendge Seevert of a Honda RC160. Seevert is renowned for his highly detailed illustrations of motorcycles. Apparently the RC160 was never raced outside of Japan and was usually raced on Japanese unpaved roads, which explains why it was mostly shown without a fairing and with semi-knobbly tires. This is what Honda aficionado Joep Kortekaas says about this great looking racer “The Honda four, designated the RC160, had the same specifications as the 125cc twin, but the cylinders were now upright instead of being inclined, and the ignition was changed from magneto to battery with four coils. Claimed power output was 35 bhp at 13,000 rpm, with the same maximum engine speed of 14,000 rpm as the twin. The engine had a five-speed gearbox and weighed 58 kg. The cycle parts were nearly identical with the 125cc twin, the wheelbase being longer by 45 mm at 1310 mm, and the total weight of the bike was 124 kg”. You can read more about Honda and it’s racing history on vf750fd.com.
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This beautiful little CB50J café racer was built by a Dutchman named Michel. Like many men before him, he realized he didn’t like the look of his stock Honda CB50J, so decided to turn it into a café racer. The jewel in the crown was finding that stunning NOS candy gold gas tank with black stripes. This vintage gas tank came new in a box from Honda spare parts specialist CMS in the Netherlands.
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Chris Sharon is the proud owner and builder of this immaculate CB750F. Based in Seattle, he is also a member of a vintage motorcycle club called the Knuckle Busters. “The love of old bikes and working on them brings us all together. We’re a fairly new club but we are coming on strong” Chris tells us.