This is not your typical Honda CB cafe racer. ‘Fade To Black’ is probably one of the fastest middleweight vintage Hondas we’ve featured on this site—and with a Yamaha YZF-R6 front end, one of the best handling too.
It’s a 1975 CB550 belonging to Grant Harvey, a Canadian film and television director. In his high school days, Grant rode around on a Honda 125 enduro—but since then, his only riding has been on his old man’s Harley Road King.
“I turn 50 this year, so my wife suggested I should treat myself with something fun,” he tells us. “On a trip to LA I visited a few custom shops fixing up old Japanese and British bikes. I was never into the custom Harley thing, but these cafes and trackers were cool.”
“One of the shops suggested I visit Bike EXIF, and the bike at top of the homepage at that time was Federal Moto’s Ace.…