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Honda custom motorcycles

The extraordinary legacy of Soichiro Honda: a showcase of the best Honda custom and cafe racer motorcycles.

Honda custom motorcycles

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Built to survive: Yes, this is the actual Honda Nighthawk ridden by Daryl Dixon in the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Actor Norman Reedus already has a Classified Moto bike in his garage, so builder John Ryland got the shoulder-tap. And he discovered that building a bike for a TV show is a bit scarier than a normal commission. All is revealed at

The CB77 Super Hawk is an icon. It's the bike that launched Honda in the USA, and inspired Robert M. Pirsig to write Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Not many builders would mess with the lines of the CB77. But industrial designer Ian Duffy is not your average bike builder. This is 'Thunderhawk,' a dark and stealthy custom that swaps chrome and curves for monochrome finishes and sharp angles. Read more at

Glory Road Motorcycles is a small retail space that's just opened in the heart of Adelaide, Australia. Step inside and you'll find apparel, riding accessories—and some fine stunning motorcycles, like this 1973 Honda CB750K.

Samuel Guertin used to spend his days wrenching on choppers—the kind that fly. But now he's set up Clockwork Motorcycles, and builds beautifully finished customs. We've got the scoop on his latest build, a bobber-style '71 CB750, at

  • Michael Little
    Michael Little

    just about the right amount of everything with this bike...

What, no pipewrap? And no Firestones? This CX500 is crammed with bits from Marzocchi, Öhlins and Excel, and it's the business. Follow the Bike EXIF Instagram account for more two-wheeled eye candy:

Prepare yourself for a masterclass in metal patina. Using a transparent powder coating, Chappell Customs have taken the look of this classic Honda CB350 to whole new level.

‘72 CB350 Honda - Chappell Customs

New life for an old desert racer. After a stint in the Australian outback, this Honda XR600 is now ready for the street. Terrific work from Perth-based 66 Motorcycles.

This brutal Honda CB 750 custom comes from the English builder Robinson's Speed Shop — and if you look closely, you'll see amazing gold-leaf illustrations hand-applied by the artist Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.

Racing Cafè: Honda CB 125 TT "RS" by Steel Bent Customs

Racing Cafè: Honda CB 125 TT "RS" by Steel Bent Customs

One of the stars of the 2015 Bike EXIF motorcycle wall calendar: the ballistic Superstrada from Classified Moto. It's a Honda CB750F with a Yamaha YZF-R6 front end—and a Ducati Multistrada swingarm | Get your copy of the calendar (and a $10 RevZilla gift card) before stocks run out: www.octanepress.c...

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    Paul Howarth


Some custom motorcycle builders like to make old motorcycles look new again. Others put a vintage spin on modern machinery. Spain’s Macco Motors have gone for the vintage approach with this CB750, and it works a treat. You’d never guess at first glance, but it’s actually a 2002 Honda—the model better known as the Nighthawk 750.

Most folks customize their Honda Dominators with a flat track look. This one has a rough-and-ready scrambler vibe, and we dig it.

The true test of a custom bike builder is making the Honda CX500 look good. And the new South African shop Caiman has just passed with flying colors.

  • Hans Keiren
    Hans Keiren

    nothing left of the boring commuter bike..! Good job!

Photographer Dave Lehl can't resist building things. So his father found a wrecked 1978 Honda CB550 for $500, and gave it to him for Christmas. This is the stunning result.

It takes a very special CB750 to impress these days, and this slammed 1983 KZ from Hookie Co. fits the bill. Follow the Bike EXIF Instagram account for more custom goodness, served daily:

If you love customs and don’t mind changing your underwear after every ride, Bill Webb has the solution for you. The industrial designer's latest creation is the Stoc RR: a 178 hp Honda CBR1000rr turned into a “café fighter.” Follow Bike EXIF on Instagram for more moto eye candy:

Back in 1992, Cycle World magazine described the Honda XR650 as “the most fun you can have on two wheels.” Now, it's finally got the looks to match its performance.

We do like a good barn find. 52 years after it was built, this 'Baby Dream' looks better than new.

A Honda CB550 with girder forks? And an old Zündapp gas tank? Looks like they’re smoking something strong in Amsterdam. This raw, industrial-looking build comes from Tin Can Customs, and wowed the punters at the recent Cosmic Nozems motorcycle show.

  • Mellow

    Nice motorcycle

Daniel Peter's "Cabin Fever"—a stunning 1995 Honda XR650L custom.

The Honda XR650L is one of those big, bulletproof dual sport bikes that never seem to change. It’s tough and simple to fix, just like its evergreen competitors—the Suzuki DR650 and the Kawasaki KLR650. With a 21-inch front wheel and a 37-inch seat height, the XR650L is not exactly custom-friendly. So this retro-inspired revamp from Joe Tessitore of Digital Directiv is a welcome oddity.

Good things come in small packages: met Dan Mantyla's delightful 1974 Honda CL resto-mod.

Terrific style from new Canadian workshop Federal Moto—a gorgeous custom Honda CB360 put together for $6,000 all up. Love the Biltwell Inc. headgear too.

  • Brian Medeiros
    Brian Medeiros

    Wow looks like my 360's "twin" brother

  • Michael Moore
    Michael Moore

    My first bike - I paid $800 for it in 1975. It vibrated like crazy, but I loved it.

Jan Sallings' little Honda 350 cafe racer just oozes style.

Here's a treat for readers of Bike EXIF: a set of beautifully illustrated motorcycle wallpapers, featuring classic race bikes. This one is the legendary Dick Mann Honda. Download the high resolution at