Speed Read, September 25, 2022

The latest motorcycle news, classics and customs
A Honda CX500 headlines this week, resplendent in classic John Player Special colors. We also cover a 1957 Indian Trailblazer, a Magni MV Agusta, a Super73 e-bike destined for Burning Man, and a look back at this year’s Auerberg Klassik event.

Honda CX500 café racer by Charlie's Atelier
Honda CX500 by Charlie’s Atelier For all of its shortcomings, the Honda CX500 is a very versatile motorcycle. It can make great café racer, scrambler or tracker—and I should know, because my first bike was a CX500.

This stripped-down CX500 café racer comes from Francis Gomez of Charlie’s Atelier in the Dominican Republic. Inspired by the stunning John Player Special liveries of Formula 1, it’s a great example of the CX’s potential.

Honda CX500 café racer by Charlie's Atelier
Francis grafted a Suzuki GSX-R front end to the Honda frame, complete with its forks, wheel and disc brakes.…

Hommage: Kingston’s BMW R100 pays tribute to Bobby Haas


Bobby Haas left a giant hole in the custom scene when he passed away unexpectedly last year. As the owner and curator of the Haas Moto Museum, he was a bonafide patron of the art of motorcycle customization. And in that role, he formed deep personal relationships with the custom builders that helped to fill his museum’s halls.

With three of his builds already in the Haas Museum, Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Custom had become a close friend of Bobby’s. So this impossibly elegant BMW R100 is particularly dear to him. Not only is it the longest custom boxer we’ve ever seen, but it was the last Kingston build that Bobby commissioned.

BMW R100 for the Haas Museum by Kingston Custom
“I discussed a new project with Bobby and Stacey [Mayfield], his life partner and museum director, in July 2021,” Dirk tells us.…

Café au lait: A Honda CB450 from the Gaucho Highlands

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
Nothing beats a quick early morning blast through the hills above my house. The air is fresh, the sun is usually shining and I don’t have to share the road with many other motorized vehicles. I do have to share it with bicycles though—and I’m always amazed by how many people choose pedals over a throttle.

This Honda CB450 café racer, however, was built for someone who likes both. It’s the seventh commissioned bike from Bruno Costa, of Caffeine Custom in Brazil. And it’s affectionately referred to as the ‘White Shark,’ thanks to its slim, pearl-white monocoque.

Honda CB450 café racer by Caffeine Customs
“The owner is a cycling enthusiast who wanted a low and narrow motorcycle for short, fun rides around the Gaucho Highlands’ curvy roads,” says Bruno.…

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