Top 10 Restomods of 2022

We’ve loved watching the rise in popularity of restomod builds in recent years. Generally, restomods are considered to be vintage bikes that remain relatively true to their original aesthetics and silhouette, but have been brought into the 21st century with upgraded suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, and engine management / performance.

A few years ago, we mainly saw this kind of customization applied to vintage superbikes, such as the builds of AC Sanctuary and dB Customs, but we’re happy to see more builders giving the same treatment to vintage dirt bikes, dual sports, and roadsters.

Here is our list of the Top 10 Restomods we featured in 2022, based on traffic and engagement, listed in alphabetical order by builder.

• AC Sanctuary: Kawasaki Z1-R

Monster Zed: Kawasaki Z1-R Restomod

• Atlanta Motorcycle Works: Kawasaki GPz1100

Retro Muscle: Kawasaki “GPz1136” Restomod

• Bald Anthony: Yamaha RZ350

BA Special: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Restomod

• Bandisca: Yamaha XS650

From Romania With Love: Yamaha XS650 “Violet”

• Kevin Borough: Honda CB750

Original Superbike, Reborn: 1973 Honda CB750

• ForPlay Racing: Yamaha RD350

Never Underestimate an RD: Yamaha RD350 Restomod

• Loko Dream Factory: Honda XR600R

Super Loko: Honda XR600R Restomod

• Steel Bakery: Honda CB750

Baked in Steel: Honda CB750 Restomod

• Roy Welton: Kawasaki Z1000

Project Z: 1977 Kawasaki Z1000 Restomod

• Workshop43: Yamaha XT500

Junkyard XT: Yamaha XT500 Scrambler

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Yamaha RD421 Cheetah Cub: Yamaha RD421LC Restomod / Hybrid - Colin White’s 421cc Cheetah Cub LC…  In 1980, Yamaha introduced the RD350LC (Liquid Cooled) as the successor to the air-cooled RD400, along with a 250cc version aimed at the British learners’ market. The “Elsie” quickly […]
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Kawasaki KZ900 Restomod Déjà Vroom: Kawasaki “KZ1165” Restomod - RCM-554: 1165cc Zed from AC Sanctuary… The Kawasaki KZ900 was the direct successor of the mighty Z1. At the time of its introduction in 1972, the original 903cc Zed was the largest, most powerful four-cylinder […]
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Suzuki RG500 Gamma Restomod Ripsnorting Restomod: Suzuki RG500 Gamma - “The Dragon on an RG500 is the closest you can get heaven…” Introduced in 1985, the Suzuki RG500 Gamma was one of the most faithful two-stroke street-legal replica racers ever produced.  It was derived directly […]
Honda CB1100F Restomod Resto-Monster: Honda CB1100F Restomod - 1123cc Honda Restomod from AC Sanctuary…  In 1983, the Honda CB1100F arrived as the company’s king sport bike, designed to battle head-on with the 1100-class superbikes from Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha — bikes that were […]
Kawasaki Z1-R Restomod Monster Zed: Kawasaki Z1-R Restomod - AC Sanctuary’s “Radical Construction Manufacture” Z1-R…  In the world of high-powered Japanese restomods, one name has long stood apart: AC Sanctuary. Founder Hiroyuki Nakamura opened his shop in the 1990s. Since then, they’ve built a […]
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