Café au lait: A Honda CB450 from the Gaucho Highlands


Nothing beats a fast early morning blast by way of the hills above my home. The air is recent, the solar is normally shining and I don’t need to share the highway with many different motorized automobiles. 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, nevertheless, 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,’ due to its slim, pearl-white monocoque.

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

With the mission temporary finalized, Bruno chosen a 1987-model Honda CB450 TR because the donor bike. A inventory CB450 would make for an ideal commuter, nevertheless it doesn’t set the world on hearth by way of 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 solid 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 recent Pirelli rubber, the brand new hoops look decidedly extra trendy.

The customized entrance fender is manufactured from metal, and does double obligation as a fork brace. The hanging, 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
Increased up, Bruno put in a customized high 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 alerts and mirrors had been additionally fitted. To maintain the cockpit clear, all of the wiring was routed internally by way of the bars.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Subsequent up was the only 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 every part collectively.

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

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Customized bodywork is troublesome 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 thing is packed right into a tray underneath the seat, which may 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 chrome 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 burden discount and tweaked powertrain absolutely advantages the torquey twin, nevertheless it’s the aesthetics that make this a winner.

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

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Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs



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