The lightweight Honda S90 — also known as the Sport 90 or Super 90 — was the sportiest of Honda’s 90cc range of motorbikes and scooters, built from 1964-1969. The 90cc, air-cooled 8-hp engine was derived from the Honda Super Cub. The bike had a “1 one down, 3 up” manual transmission with hand clutch, a curb weight of just 176 pounds, and a top speed of 64 mph. The styling was racy yet elegant, modern yet timeless — sure to influence and inspire designers for years to come.
Enter design student Fernando Casado of Cândido Mota, SP, Brazil. Hailing from a motorcycling family, Fernando first delved into custom bike building when he moved away to university. Needing transportation, he eschewed a utilitarian scooter in favor of a building a staggering Honda CG125 cafe racer we recently featured — manufacturing many of the parts in his university’s prototyping lab.
His work drew the attention of Alessandro Almeida, owner of the Espaço Homem barbershop. To Fernando’s delight, Alessando had a rare 1972 Honda S90 that he wanted to turn into a cafe racer. Fernando immediately accepted the project, building a stunning Honda Super 90 cafe racer, which pays homage to the original while reflecting the personal style of the owner and the builder. Below, we get the full story on this incredible machine.
Honda Sport 90 Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
On April 25, 2017, I received an unexpected message from a guy named Alessandro Almeida, owner of the Espaço Homem barber shop in the municipality of Cianorte – PR. With a few minutes of conversation, I felt that just like me Alessandro was a fanatic about old things, and he came to me to make the Café Racer project, but I hardly knew which motorcycle would be the basis of the project, and to my surprise and immense happiness, was the rare Honda S90.
Without blinking I accepted the project and within a few months we entered into a process of creation, where I could capture the tastes of Alessandro, assemble panels that reflected his personality, and make a motorcycle where he could wear it when he walked in it.
Within this project is a little of the method I used to develop the bike for Alessandro, and the result of months of work and dedication to make a customization the height of a motorcycle so rare and elegant.
I would like to thank everyone who appreciated the development phase of the motorcycle, whether with praise, tips and suggestions. And especially to Alessandro for trusting in my work and giving me carte blanche to develop something over an element that has so much value for him.
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