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.
This beautiful 1975 Honda CB360 was purchased by Canadian Peter Cabral for next to nothing about a year ago. Of course, you usually get what you pay for, and Peter got a vintage bike in vintage condition. It wasn’t running, the wiring was all damaged, it had a rusty tank and seized brakes. Although Peter has owned numerous bikes in the past, this is his first vintage custom project. Here’s what Peter told us about the build…
We recently received some out of the ordinary photographs from one of our readers named Koen who lives in Belgium. Koen is part of the Antwerp Dax Association who are a large group of ‘small’ Honda owners. Each year they go on a ride together to an amusement park where they show off their custom Honda Dax’s (local name for the Honda ST series), Honda Monkeys and any other Honda miniature motorcycle.
The humble Honda CT110 is one of the most reliable bikes on the planet, which is why Postman use them to deliver the mail down here in Australia. They are affectionately known as ‘postie bikes’ and have always had a cult following but we haven’t seen many customized, until now. A company in Melbourne called Postmodern Motorcycles are turning these air-cooled single cylinders into tasty little customs.
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To pay tribute to the Ace Cafe – the birthplace of the café racer, Richard Weslow and his good friend Kurt Schwengle built this beautiful little 1976 CB200 to show at the Rocker Box Motofest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. The guys at Moto-Scoot in Milwaukee helped him with parts and tires, and the folks at T/A Graphics did the checkered tank and the historic ’59’ fender paintwork. Apparently if you look close at the graphics there’s even a picture of Richard’s late grandad who introduced him to motorbikes as a kid. Richard is now in the process of building a 1973 68hp mono shock RD350 for the Rocker Box 2010 which we will do a follow up article when complete. To view more outstanding pics of this vintage café racer visit Richard’s Flickr page.
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Judging by these photos you might think that Honda were still manufacturing the legendary CBX and this one had just rolled off the production line. The CBX1000 was the first production motorcycle Honda produced with a six cylinder engine. With that intimidating six-pipe exhaust system we’ve always had a soft spot for the CBX. This royal blue 1979 Honda CBX was painstakingly restored to better than original condition by Canadian Randy Cowling over a staggering 2 year period.
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