Will Honda Build a Modern Cafe Racer, Too?


Honda Cafe Racer
Image from Young Machine

Sticking With the Trends

We just reported on the fact that Suzuki filed a patent for a cafe racer, and now it seems that Honda could be working on a similar motorcycle. According to the Japanese publication Young Machine, Honda will consider bringing back the GB series of bikes in the form of a modern cafe racer. 

As RideApart notes, the GB bikes were Japan’s attempt at they’re own British bikes. GB basically equals Great Britan, get it? Well, we got a few of those bikes here in North America, but they didn’t last. Now it seems Honda may bring them back thanks to the interest in cafe racer style motorcycles.

The rumor is that it would be a 1,000cc motorcycle and fit into the Neo Classic lineup Honda has going on right now. I think it would be a nice addition.

Seeing as how Young Machine speculates on several other models, it’s unclear if this rumor has any serious validity to it. However, it would make sense. Modern cafe racers are a hot commodity in the motorcycle industry right now and Honda might as well ride that wave. Plus, who wouldn’t want a retro-styled 1,000cc cafe racer from Honda?

It’s would be a move that kind of goes along with Honda’s most recent retro-styled bikes like the Super Cub and the Monkey. The only difference is that this would be a legit motorcycle instead of a small displacement machine. Would it be perfect? Likely not, but neither are any cafe racers if you’ve ever ridden one, new or old. 

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    Ken House
    February 20, 2019
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    If the new cafe racer uses the engine out of the Superhawk, it’ll be plenty perfect for a lot of riders. That bike was a blast to ride. Still is, if you’re lucky enough to ride one. Just say no to detuning! Add cornering ABS, traction control, phat suspension, and stand back!

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