Ugly Motorbikes is a San Diego based custom motorcycle garage with a penchant for building exceedingly clean, light, classic café racers. This Honda CB650 is their latest creation, it’s been rebuilt from scratch into one of the more true to form cafe bikes we’ve seen in recent times and personally, I like it. With leather wrapped grips and pegs, a mechanically sorted engine and an eye catching matte green paint job.
It’s getting harder and harder to impress with a CB750 custom. But this machine, stripped back to bare finishes and muted colors, works a treat. ‘The Natural’ is a collaboration between two Portland, Oregon builders with complementary skills: Crowe Customs and The Tarantulas. “Scott of The Tarantulas wanted a clean and simple bike, with a vintage feel and raw finishes,” says James Crowe. “Scott’s built several bikes himself, so he was able to handle the mechanical aspects.”
This 1976 Honda CB750 is owned by Jon Brindley, a champion of the Washington DC music scene. Jon also happens to be a friend of MotoHangar owner Pat Jones, which explains why the bike looks so good. It’s an interesting mix of sharp graphics and authentic patina, and it didn’t happen by accident. “Jon was quite adamant about having the bike show its age,” says Pat. “We went back and forth on this one, discussing ideas.” The modifications that the pair eventually agreed on include a Kawasaki KZ tail, jet black paint, ceramic header wrap, a SuperTrapp exhaust and cone-style air filters.
1978 Honda CX500