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New Mule XS 650 Project

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I think these are hands down the coolest street trackers built today. These bikes are a testament to the old meeting the new, a perfect blend of tradition and technology. The builders at Mule deserve a cold round of beer and a pat on the back from HONAHA for their traditional approach to modern racing machines. In case you couldn’t already tell – I love these guys. Stay tuned for more.

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Harley Davidson Sportster Cafe Racer

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I thought it was time to post another nasty little Harley cafe racer. Here at HONAHA we are aware that HD’s aren’t considered traditional cafe bikes, but I think they have a lot of potential. This bike is very nicely done.  Notice the custom polished tank, the twin pea-shooter mufflers, and at the center – that  nasty American v-twin and a belt drive.  This is a great example of how you can take a normally bland Sportster and turn it into a really cool cafe racer. I took the liberty to find where some Harley cafe parts can be found – airtech streamlining.  Its time to step up Sportster owners.  No excuses.

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Cafe Style Yamaha Headlight Brackets

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I thought I should take a break from highlighting all these cool finished products, and give you something that you can easily add to your own project.  These are some of the coolest headlight brackets that I have come across.  They may not be billet with engraved spider webs – but they are classic clean and still noticeably custom – exactly what we like to see at HONAHA. These are made to fit Yamaha SR 400, SR500, and XS 650.  Im sure with a little modification you could make them fit almost any 1970’s bike.  Get yours here.

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Retro CB 750 Cafe Racer

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This bike looks like it came straight out of 1970’s deadstock – looks like James Dean should be leaning over the handlebars smoking a heater. It is funny how the simplest things are often the most stunning – this bike is bare minimum – no fluff, no swag, no bling, just pure cleanliness. I love the bare bones approach to this bike – from the white walls, to the flawless routing of the cables and wires, to the missing air box and battery tray…. absolutely amazing work! Even the tank decor is crisp and simple. I love it. This bike is the purest thing we have seen at HONAHA for a while.  Take a lesson form this bike – keep is clean and simple.

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A Supercharger fit for a Cafe

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If you own a GL or are in the market for one, this may be the part that really sets your bike apart from the rest. I think this may be the coolest add-on that HONAHA has ever found. I love this supercharger. I even found a little video showing a supercharged GL1000 for you – enjoy!

More information about this supercharger HERE

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My new start-up company

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I wanted to extend an invitation to all my HONAHA readers to check out my new start-up company called ecowell. This is a very exciting opportunity for me as a founding partner. You can find more information on our website so please take a look around and be sure to visit our online store. Thanks for the continued support, I would love to get some feedback on what you think of ecowell.

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Crazy weather

I have finally had enough time to get my cb550 out. The weather has been so unpredictable here lately, it starts out sunny and turns to rain within a couple hours. Maybe the new iphone 3gs software upgrade will improve the weather application so I know what will happen. It is frustrating, but those moments of sun are pretty rewarding. Look for new posts soon. I will try to keep HONAHA a little more reliable than the weather this summer. Thanks for sticking around.

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Almost Summer

Just wanted to let everyone know that here at HONAHA we are planning on getting busy again this summer. I am really excited to get my bike back on the road, and start riding. Stay tuned to the site, we should have a whole new line-up of bikes, parts, events and more to offer. Thanks for the supports. Back at you soon.

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Yamaha XS 650 Japanese Bratstyle Cafe Racer

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Here is a little change of pace form the classic cafe, or street tracker style Yamahas. These bikes are from the streets of Japan, and demonstrate yet another way to make these old bikes look pretty sweet. And as all of you know, here at HONAHA, we really appreciate new ways to improve old bikes. Stay tuned-2009 is full of surprises.

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