Café au lait: A Honda CB450 from the Gaucho Highlands


Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Nothing beats a fast early morning blast by the hills above my home. The air is contemporary, the solar is often shining and I don’t need to share the street with many different motorized autos. I do need to share it with bicycles although—and I’m all the time amazed by how many individuals select pedals over a throttle.

This Honda CB450 café racer, nonetheless, was constructed for somebody who likes each. It’s the seventh commissioned bike from Bruno Costa, of Caffeine Customized in Brazil. And it’s affectionately known as the ‘White Shark,’ because of its slim, pearl-white monocoque.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
“The proprietor is a biking fanatic who needed a low and slim bike for brief, enjoyable rides across the Gaucho Highlands’ curvy roads,” says Bruno. “Mixing a traditional café racer with fashionable touches, we constructed it slim to focus on the engine and make it look larger.”

With the challenge temporary finalized, Bruno chosen a 1987-model Honda CB450 TR because the donor bike. A inventory CB450 would make for an ideal commuter, but it surely doesn’t set the world on fireplace when it comes to styling. Bruno and his buyer felt the identical manner, so little or no of the unique bike now stays.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
The very first thing to go had been the snowflake-style forged wheels. Of their place are the five-spoke alloy items from a later mannequin Honda, which additionally lent its entrance fork meeting. Completed in darkish gray and wrapped in contemporary Pirelli rubber, the brand new hoops look decidedly extra fashionable.

The customized entrance fender is fabricated from metal, and does double obligation as a fork brace. The placing, virtually neo-retro design ties in properly with the LED headlight, donated by a Harley V-Rod. That is bolted to the entrance finish by means of a customized bracket.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Greater up, Bruno put in a customized prime yoke with built-in LED warning lights, and a mount for a Motogadget Motoscope Mini speedometer. Clip-on handlebars, new grips, push button switches and bar-end flip indicators and mirrors had been additionally fitted. To maintain the cockpit clear, all of the wiring was routed internally by the bars.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Subsequent up was the one piece tank, seat and tail unit. Bruno describes it as essentially the most difficult a part of the construct, and it’s straightforward to see why. Beginning with an aftermarket gas tank, he fabricated a metal seat pan and tail bump, then seamlessly blended the whole lot collectively.

The seat is trimmed in Alcantara, and though it appears skinny, it’s luxurious in comparison with the bicycle saddles the shopper is used to. Out again is an built-in LED tail mild, shining out from behind a louvered cowl. The customized aluminum fuel cap and laser-cut brushed metal logos on the tank are neat touches.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Customized bodywork is tough to get proper however Bruno has nailed it, together with the brand new rear subframe that helps it. The bike obtained a full rewire too, however since house was restricted, Bruno needed to get intelligent.

Every little thing is packed right into a tray underneath the seat, which could be accessed with out eradicating the bodywork. A small Lithium-ion battery is stashed underneath the swingarm.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
The Honda’s engine was refreshed and obtained a brand new coat of paint to match the wheels. The pod filters and customized two-into-two stainless-steel exhaust free just a few additional horses from the 450.

Aluminum rear-sets had been fitted for a racy foot place, and Bruno made an aluminum license plate holder to spherical out the bodywork.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
The top result’s a lean café racer with excellent proportions. The load discount and tweaked powertrain absolutely advantages the torquey twin, but it surely’s the aesthetics that make this a winner.

If there was a motorcycling equal of the yellow jersey, Bruno can be carrying it.

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Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs



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