Honda CB450 CafeRacer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

The CB450 was built by Jared Johnson of Holiday Customs, a one-man builder in Portland, Oregon, who shares a shop space with two other builders. The engine has been revitalized with an overbore kit from Superior Sleeve & Machine in Milwaukie, OR.

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

The airbox has been removed, and cone filters fitted. The custom straight pipes are raw steel (“requires lots of WD-40 to keep the rust at bay”) with custom baffle inserts “to keep my neighbors happy”. To accentuate the cafe racer look, the flat bars

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

“The local coppers have looked at it, but don’t seem to mind, as long as I hand signal,” says Eric.

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

The suspension has been lowered 1½” all around with shorter rear shocks and lowered triple clamps; the wheels are 18“ front and rear, shod with 18 x 4.5” Coker tires. The frame has been bobbed at the back, with tabs shaved off, and fitted with a cust

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Honda CB450 Cafe Racer

Aside from the paintwork, the finish on the Honda is mostly wire brush on the shinier metalwork, with matte black everywhere else.