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The Dark Art of Building a CB Cafe Racer

The Dark Art of Building a CB Cafe Racer

This 1975 Honda CB550 is not your typical CB cafe racer. It’s probably one of the fastest vintage Hondas we’ve ever seen.
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.

This 1975 Honda CB550 is not your typical CB cafe racer. It’s probably one of the fastest vintage Hondas we’ve ever seen.
“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.”

This 1975 Honda CB550 is not your typical CB cafe racer. It’s probably one of the fastest vintage Hondas we’ve ever seen.
“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.…

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