• May 1, 2010

There are quite a few automotive enthusiasts who also have a passion for motorcycles, a fact evidenced by the Honda CB450 you see above. This machine was built by Johann Keyser, who is also the man responsible for those sweet Gulf Oil-themed GT40 replicas that have graced our pages in the past.

As you can see, Keyser was going for a retro Norton Manx look with his Honda cafe custom, and by all accounts he appears to have succeeded with flying colors. The most obvious visual cues are the tank and seat, which were sourced from Omar's Dirt Track Racing, as were the aluminum rims and stainless spokes. Note too the two-into-one exhaust on the right side.

Dropped handlebars and a classic silver paint job complete the look. Perhaps the most impressive feat, though, is that Keyser decided to tackle the project in the first place. "The bike was standing outside for 20-plus years, and even the wheels were rusted solid," says Keyser. "There was green moss growing on the bike, and the once silver motor was completely green." Looks pretty dang nice, considering.

[Source: Bike EXIF]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      GTFO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the rearsets were sourced from Omar's too...I have a similar set of Raask's on my GS750, which I ordered through Omar's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An acquaintance of mine back in the early 70's built a drag bike out of a CB450 twin stock bore & stroke but with big cams , slick & wheelie bar . Ran way out of his class , like low 10's I believe which was considered damn good back then for even Kawasaki 900's . And the sound of that thing would make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up . Awesome . Beautiful rendition .
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would like to see a CB450 that you could knock almost 5 seconds off a quarter mile time no matter what you did to it. This is not saying it didn't happen but, I also knew a guy that told me he had a Kawasaki 500 tripple that would do 140 mph right out of the box. I told him to contact Kawasaki because their Daytona entry that year was only clocked at 136 mph on the race track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah you have to love Speedo's of this era being a bit too optimistic. Bimmer's were especially bad for that. I have only owned Honda's and love the low end torque that they share with the Yammy's. My V65 Sabre isn't the CB1100F I almost bought, but my 83 CBX 550F2 with the inboard disc brakes was pretty cool, and a lot faster than most people expected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Whatever you do, do NOT press the red button."
      "What, this red button?" ... *kaBOOM*
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is nice, I love that cafe racer look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um...this is Autoblog, as in automobiles. Please stick to... oh great Odin's beard! That bike is beautiful!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice Horton
        • 4 Years Ago
        My reaction, also... the lettering-style on "Honda" *does* look quite familiar...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Horton, nice. I've got a cafe'd out CB650 with Hon Dutch on the tank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The society is facing problems with such laws. This has to go legal
      and it’s needed to be sorted at the earlier.

      Classic Mortgages
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Note too the two-into-one exhaust on the right side."

      Yeah thanks for adding that photo, Jeremy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hah, it even has norton lettering. love it.
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