Honda CB175 Cafe Racer

Honda CB Cafe Racers

The Honda CB Series of motorcycles are perhaps the world’s most popular cafe racer platform. Engine sizes vary greatly, from the diminutive CB50 to the mighty six-cylinder CBX. The CB Series bikes were designed mainly for commuting and cruising, though many have serious sporting potential or racing pedigree, such as the CB750 — such a landmark machine the term “superbike” was coined to describe it. The smaller displacement versions have become very popular in vintage racing. Below, we have a selection of the custom CB cafe racer builds we have featured.

Honda CB900F Cafe Racer “Tokyo Nights” Honda CB900F by James Berreau - Best in Class: Garage-built neo cafe racer from a former USAF tech… The Honda CB900F — aka the Bol d’Or, named after the legendary French 24-hour endurance race — was an air-cooled, DOHC roadster descended […]
Honda CB400F Best in Class: Honda CB400F by Chattahoochee Skunkworks - The Honda CB400F — aka the Honda 400 Four — was a lightweight inline four with 37 horsepower, a 6-speed gearbox (Honda’s first), svelte cafe racer styling, and one of the most beautiful factory exhausts […]
Honda CB650 Brat Cafe Racer Budget-Built: $1250 Honda CB650 by Redeemed Cycles - A $1250 (!) brat / cafe racer from North Carolina… While we love to drool over high-dollar bike builds as much as anyone, we’ve always been drawn to bikes built within a reasonable budget, and […]
Honda CJ360 Cafe Racer Honda CJ250/360 Cafe Racer by Elemental Custom Cycles - The Honda CJ series was a stripped-down, less expensive offshoot of the better-known CB/CL series. For instance, the CJ360T featured a five-speed transmission instead of the six-speed box on the CB360, along with a front […]
Honda CB350 Restomod Cafe Racer Aviation-Grade: Honda CB350 Restomod by Merlin Cycleworks - What happens when a jet aircraft mechanic builds his wife a bike… The Honda CB350 twin is not only one of the company’s best-selling models, but one of today’s most popular vintage bikes for customization. […]
Honda CB350 Brat Cafe Racer Honda CB350 Cafe Commuter by Kevin Bergeron - The Honda CB350 is one of the most beloved small twins of all time, a 36-hp scrapper that recalled the old adage: “It isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size […]
Honda CB360 Cafe Racer “Yatagarasu” Honda CB360 Cafe Racer by Moth Vintage - From fiery basket case to The One Moto… The Honda CB360, a four-stroke twin, debuted in the mid-70s as an alternative to Honda’s more expensive and complex lightweight fours. The 34-hp engine was tuned for […]
Honda CB400F Cafe Racer “White Lightning” Honda CB400F by Wayne Hawes - Honda CB400 Four resurrected after 30 years sitting outdoors… The Honda CB400F is one of our favorite bikes from the entire CB series. It was an evolution of the CB350F, introduced in 1972 as the […]
Honda CB175 Cafe Racer Zero to Hero: Honda CB175 Cafe Racer - From Zero to Hero: Honda CB175 built from a junked chopper… The Honda CB175, introduced in 1969, was based around an air-cooled parallel twin engine with dual carburetors and a 5-speed transmission. The bike offered […]
Honda CB550 Restomod Honda CB550 “MD01” by MOTODesign - Nine Years of Vision: Barn-Built CB550 cafe racer from New York… The Honda CB550 is one of our favorite platforms for a custom build. While the 38-hp middleweight didn’t have the outright power of the […]
Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer by Three Stones Cycles - The Honda CB600F Hornet, known as the Honda 599 in the States, was powered by a version of the CBR600RR engine tuned for a fatter torque curve and better streetability while still offering 94-102 horsepower […]
Honda CB360 Cafe Racer Honda CB360 Cafe Racer by Aston Neale Motorcycles - Straight out of Suffolk:  A Garage-Built, Modernized CB360… The Honda CB360 was only available for a short time — 1974 to 1976 — as the successor to the popular CB350. The 34-hp air-cooled parallel twin […]
cb750 nighthawk Honda CB750 Nighthawk by Vandals Moto - “Classic lines with a modern approach…” That’s the motto of Vandals Moto, an Atlanta-based shop that focuses on melding classic looks with modern brake, suspension, and performance technology. Run by Alex Childs, Vandals Moto has […]
Supercharged Honda CB750 Supercharged Honda CB750 by Justin Blue - Best in Show:  Supercharged, Big Bore Honda CB750 from Alabama… It’s a truth universally acknowledged:  When you put together a Honda engineer, a ’74 CB750, and an AMR500 supercharger, good things happen. Earlier this month, […]
Honda CB550 Monoshock Cafe Racer Honda CB550 Monoshock Cafe Racer -   A father/son Honda CB550 cafe racer build with custom monoshock conversion… Honda’s four-cylinder middleweight, the CB550, is one of our favorite platforms for a cafe racer build. While the air-cooled SOHC engine doesn’t have […]
Honda CB750 Modern Cafe Racer Honda CB750 Cafe Racer by RW Motorcycles - An old superbike gets a modern makeover… The Honda CB750 was the “original superbike” — a four-stroke street, strip, and track weapon that radicalized the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle). However, the 750cc Hall-of-Famer is getting […]
CB750F Cafe Racer Honda CB750F Cafe Racer “Lainey” - The CB750F was Honda’s effort to regain the supremacy of their original CB750 Four superbike. In 1980, Cycle Guide claimed the new 77-hp DOHC 750 could “accelerate with the fury of a one-liter hyperbike” and […]
Garage Built CB750 Cafe Racer Honda CB750K Cafe Racer “Kali” by Contach - We like staring slack-jawed at the big money pro builds as much as anyone, but there’s nothing quite so special as the connection between a garage builder and his first build. Enter Mark Guevara of […]
Honda CB500 Four Cafe Racer Honda CB500 Four Cafe Racer by Duke Motorcycles - “Mrs. Duke” — The pure white CB500 stunner… Lionel Duke of Duke Motorcycles had more than two decades of experience as a car and motorcycle mechanic before opening his shop in Tourrettes sur Loup, near […]
Honda CB450 Cafe Racer “Wart Hog” Honda CB450 Cafe Racer - The CB450 was Honda’s first “big motorcycle” — a 444cc parallel twin with 43 horsepower and a top speed of 110 mph. Early models were known as the Black Bomber, though the remained in production […]
Honda CB350 Cafe Racer Honda CB350 Cafe Racer by Andrew Frederick - “Come by tomorrow with $100 and I’ve got a project for you. It’s perfect, pristine, and all original.” So said one of Andrew Frederick’s friends. Of course, the bike was in boxes and bins! Seventeen […]
Honda CB500 Cafe Racer Honda CB500 Four Cafe Racer by Kaspeed - Here at BikeBound, we have a soft spot for father/son workshops and builds. Kaspeed Custom Motorcycles of Germany is one of the very best. The crew consists of twin brothers Jimmy and Mick — both […]
Honda Nighthawk Monoshock Cafe Racer Monoshock Honda CB750 F2 by L’établi Garage - “Cut like a wasp…” Quentin Lambert, the 22 year-old founder of France’s L’établi Garage, is quickly making a name for himself in the customs world. Last year, we featured his Honda XLV750R Street Tracker — […]
Honda CB350 Brat Cafe Racer Honda CB350 Brat Cafe by Ron George - “Maggie” — from basket case to garage-built beauty… When steelworker and plumber Ron George received a basket case 1970 Honda CB350 Twin in a trade deal, he knew he had the perfect platform to build […]
Honda CB750 Nighthawk Cafe Racer Honda CB750 Nighthawk Cafe Racer by Nitro Cycles - Nitro Cycles puts the teeth back in a 90s CB750… The Honda CB750, introduced in 1969, is hailed as the “original superbike” — the first four-cylinder motorcycle from a modern, mainstream manufacturer. However, by the […]
Honda CB750K Brat Honda CB750K Brat by Sean Junqueira - A DOHC CB750 with a Brazilian twist… We knew the quality of Sean Junqueira‘s motorcycle photography from his work with the late Devolve Moto in Raleigh, North Carolina, but we had not seen his building […]
Honda CB125 Brat Cafe Honda CB125 Brat Cafe: “Biff” - “I was given a manual and pushed to figure it out…” Jenny Lawson of Fayetteville, Arkansas — aka @TrippinHawk — is a single mother of two teen girls, a small business owner, and the builder […]
Honda CB450 Cafe Racer Honda CB450 Cafe Racer: “Tenbrooks” - Named after the fastest horse in the South, inspired by a custom Gibson guitar… Kevin Drost has been playing the guitar since the age of 10 and spent his entire adult life in the music […]
Honda CB890 Cafe Racer Honda CB890 Cafe Racer by Chris Klamer - 100+ horsepower, 350-lb Honda “CB890CR” from Barber’s backyard… When Chris Klamer of Alabama set out to build a cafe racer, he wasn’t going to settle for a simple set of clip-ons and rearsets. He says: […]
Honda CB400F Restomod Katie Abdilla’s Honda CB400F Restomod: “Billie” - Meet Billie, a Honda CB400F restomod dream bike… We have been in love with Katie Abdilla‘s Honda CB400F, “Billie,” since the first time we saw her flowing chrome headers and Varnish Blue paint. In a […]
Honda CB160 Cafe Racer Honda CB160 Cafe Racer by Jeanie Sallings - The Sallings clan of Arkansas are quite the motorcycle family. Patriarch Jan Sallings of JMS Customs has six sons and two daughters-in-law who ride. We have featured Kat Sallings’s Honda CB175 cafe racer, as well […]
Honda CB350 Brat Honda CB350 Restomod by Offset Motorcycles - Craquelure, (/ˈkrakˌlo͝or/):  a network of fine cracks in the paint or varnish of a painting. That’s the name of this 1970 Honda CB350 “resto brat,” built by Jason Lisica of San Francisco’s Offset Motorcycles. Jason […]
Honda CB350 Brat Cafe Honda CB350 Brat by Purpose Built Moto - Tom Gilroy, the founder of Australia’s Purpose Built Moto, has been making a name for himself in the custom moto scene. Besides turning out a herd of custom bikes, which can be seen ripping around […]
Honda CB750 Restomod Honda CB750 Restomod by Hoy Vintage Cycles - The Tail of the Dragon is one of the most legendary roads in the world. Located in the mountain pass of Deal’s Gap along the NC-TN border, this 11-mile stretch of road has 318 curves, […]
Honda CB200 Brat Cafe Honda CB200T Café-Brat by Slipstream Creations -   ”A solid, reliable bike, good for transportation of the impecunious.” This is how the Honda CB200T has been described. The bike was the largest of the Honda CB Twin series that included the CB125, […]
Honda CB450 Cafe Racer Honda CB450 Cafe Racer: “Shinobi” - What if there had been a postwar cafe racer culture that originated in Japan instead of the UK? This was the question that builder Scott Wilson asked himself. Scott, a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s films, […]
Honda CB400 Four Cafe Racer Honda CB400 Four Cafe Racer by OtC Custom - The Honda CB400F is such a neat machine, a 408cc inline four produced only from 1975-1977.  The bike had an array of cafe racer styling elements, such as low handlebars, rear set pegs, and that […]
Honda CB500 Custom Honda CB500T by Denton Moto - Today, we’re thrilled to present “Morrison” — the flagship bike of Denton Moto Collective, and the personal bike of our friend Fabian Campos. The Denton Moto story began in the fall of 2015, when Fabian […]
Honda CB550 Brat Cafe Honda CB550 Brat Cafe by Eli Carver - We were lucky enough to meet some incredible people at the 2017 Handbuilt Show in Austin. The bikes in the show were off-the-charts, as always, but there was also a staggering lineup on the street […]
Honda CB500 Cafe Racer Honda CB500 Cafe Racer by Bold Motorcycles - The Honda CB500 twin was built for a decade, from 1993 to 2003. The liquid-cooled motor produced 57 horsepower, and the half-liter Honda twins were lauded for their confidence-inspiring handling and all-around performance. Couriers and […]
Honda CB550 Cafe Racer Honda CB550 Cafe Racer by Macchina Salvobros - There are a lot of “bolt-on” cafe racers these days. We have nothing against that — there is an art to sourcing the right components for a build, and few parts bolt on without some […]
Honda CB900F Cafe Racer Honda CB900 Cafe Racer - No one spends as much time in the saddle as motorcycle couriers, ripping through traffic and over sidewalks to deliver time-sensitive files and packages.  London-based Jacek Sawczyn once worked as a moto courier, delivering parcels […]
Honda CB750K Cafe Racer Honda CB750K Cafe Racer by J.Webster Designs - Today we are thrilled to feature this incredible 1978 Honda CB750K cafe racer by Justin Webster of J.Webster Designs. Justin was recently featured on the Esquire series Wrench Against The Machine, which we highly recommend, […]
Honda CB250 K4 Cafe Racer Honda CB250 Cafe Racer - There’s nothing we love more than featuring the bikes of young garage builders, who don’t have professional-grade shops or an arsenal of high-tech tools. Today we have a 1973 Honda CB250 K4 cafe racer by […]
Honda CB1100R Restomod Honda CB1100R Restomod by dB Customs - The CB1100R was Honda’s first homologation special, an exotic, road-legal sportbike built from 1981-1983. Based off the CB900F, the single-seat CB1100R offered 115 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque, and was intended to homologate Honda’s […]
Honda CB175 Cafe Racer Honda CB175 Cafe Racer: “Moxxi” - Today we are thrilled to present “Moxxi,” a 1972 Honda CB175 cafe racer built and owned by artist and designer Kat Stovall (@gutterskump) of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Like so many of our favorite bikes, this build […]
Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Honda CB750F2 Cafe Racer by 14Cycles - We see a lot of Honda CB750 builds, but few stand out like this silvery mesh of past and present. It hardly even looks like a CB750 any longer, but more like the dream machine […]
Honda CB550F Cafe Racer Honda CB550F Cafe Racer by Other Life Cycles - We found this oh-so-clean 1975 Honda CB550F cafe racer through Denton Moto Collective of Denton, Texas, who recently listed the bike as their #motoinspiration of the day. Nicknamed the “F-Bomb,” the bike was built by […]
Honda CB750F Cafe Racer Honda CB750F Cafe Racer by BBCR Engineering - They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, in this case, it has resulted in an amazing build by Andrei, the fabricator/magician at BBCR Engineering in St. John, Indiana, just outside of Chicago. […]
Honda CB750 Brat Tracker Honda CB750 Brat Tracker by Tom Laveuf - Tom Laveuf grew up in France, where he and his family rode Honda CR125 and CR250 dirt bikes, and his uncle rebuilt 70s Hondas. After moving to the States, his two-wheeled obsession went dormant until […]
Honda CB50 Cafe Racer Honda CB50 Cafe Racer by Herencia Custom Garage - Recently, we featured this Honda CB750K cafe racer by Herencia Custom Garage of Argentina. Builders Federico Lozada and German Karp rarely tackle cafe builds–their style leans more toward the tracker/scrambler end of the spectrum. However, […]
Honda CB550 Brat Bike Honda CB550 Brat by Ironwood Custom Motorcycles - (Written by Mark Turner.) Thankfully we are all individuals. Some of us like big women, some like marmite, some like to wear women’s clothing on a Thursday night and call themselves Mildred. Personally, I like […]
Honda CB750 Monoshock Cafe Racer Monoshock CB750 Cafe Racer by Andrew Wales - Andrew Wales, the owner and creator of this incredible ’78 CB750, is a machinist/millwright and fabricator out of Calgary, Alberta.  Though this bike may look like the product of a high-rent, name-brand custom shop, it’s […]
Honda CB750L Cafe Racer by Legion Cycle Works - Amid the army of CB 750 customs, it takes something truly bold to stand out from the crowd. “Xerxes,” built by Ben Davis of Delaware’s Legion Cycle Works, is a drastic departure from the brat-seated, […]
Honda CB400F Cafe Racer Honda CB400F Cafe Racer by OtC Custom - We were fortunate enough to meet Toby Jones of Florida’s OtC Custom Motorcycles at a show put on by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club earlier this year.  We ended up featuring one of the bikes […]
Honda CB500 Brat Bike Honda CB500 Brat Bike by Patrick Couturier - We’re always thrilled to showcase the first custom bike from a promising young builder.  Like first loves, there’s nothing quite like your first build. There’s that first fumbling through wiring looms, those hours spent over […]
Honda CB750 Brat Cafe Honda CB750 Brat Cafe by Magnum Opus - We discovered this blown KZ650 by Magnum Opus Custom Bikes at this year’s Handbuilt Show, only to realize that this custom shop, run by Ezio Covelli, is located in the same town as our headquarters:  […]
CB550 Cafe Racer Sin City Vintage Cycles CB550 Cafe Racer by Sin City Vintage Cycles - Today, we’re excited to present one of the sexiest, most well-sorted Honda CB cafe racers we’ve come across:  “Class Act,” a 1977 CB550 built by Bill Docchio of Sin City Vintage Cycles and owned by […]
Honda-CB350F-Cafe-Racer-4 Honda CB350F Cafe Racer by Will Hight - Arkansas. There must be something in the water.  First we starting seeing the incredible “neo-vintage” builds from One-Up Moto Garage in Fayetteville, such as this CB600 featured on Return of the Cafe Racers, which made […]
CB750 Street Tracker “007” CB750 Street Tracker by Unique Fabricating - Today, we have a very special CB750 build from Mark Wasson of Oregon.  Mark currently lives in Germany and works in Afghanistan, training Afghan commandos and special forces, and he wanted a CB750 street tracker […]
CB750 Scrambler CB750 Tracker by Racing Smith - We’re very excited to showcase this mean green CB750 build from Racing Smith of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Believe it or not, we were seeking out the builder, Ben Smith, about featuring the bike the very […]
Classified Moto “CB836” - Nestled on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina, is Devolve Moto, a custom motorcycle shop, retail space, and cafe/bar.  Hard to think of a better combination, right?  BikeBound made the pilgrimage last month, and we […]
Honda CB550 Cafe Racer by GT-Moto CB550 Cafe Racer by GT-Moto, “CB605” - Today we’re excited to present a very special build:  the “CB605” by GT-Moto, which was the first build to come out of this very special shop in Plano, Texas. GT-Moto:  The Story GT-Moto is a […]
Bratstyle CB750 Bratstyle CB750 by Fuel Well Moto - Some custom builds start out as basket-cases, some as rusty barn finds, some as battered runners.  Not very many start out as lime green, chromed-out cruisers.  Doug Snell of Fuel Well Moto in Los Angeles […]
Honda CB650 Tracker by Jesse Lendzion -   Here is one sweet Honda CB650 tracker by Jesse Lendzion (@JessePaul) of Nashville, TN. You don’t hear too much about the CB650, but it was basically a CB550 punched out to 600+ cc. Later […]
Honda CB750 Custom Budget-Built Honda CB750 Custom…Bandit-Powered! - We’re thrilled to present you guys with another build from Dave Solomon, the spirited Englishman behind the Bandit-powered Z1000 we recently featured.  Today, Dave brings us the story of another classic fitted with a 1200cc, […]