1981 Honda CB250NB Superdream Café Racer

MODEL CB250NB Superdream Café Racer
COLOURRed & Grey

1981 Honda CB250NB Superdream Café Racer

  • 400 miles since custom rebuild
  • 100 miles since last MOT, although now MOT exempt.
  • Full nut and bolt restoration
  • Absolutely stunning
  • Low reserve
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  • 400 miles since custom rebuild
  • 100 miles since last MOT, although now MOT exempt.
  • Full nut and bolt restoration
  • Absolutely stunning
  • Low reserve

Over the years, we’ve seen many different movements within the motorcycle industry. Trends have come and gone but there have been few movements as influential and powerful as the Café Racer. These motorcycles first started appearing in England in the 1950’s – though the culture soon thrived all over the world too.

What’s striking about the Café Racer motorcycles is that most non-bikers have probably not heard of them. Despite this, their impact was incredibly powerful, though it was fairly short lived. However, the cafe racer is seeing something of a comeback on the streets. As such, we expect this stunning example to be very popular in our auction.

Standing back and admiring the quality and finish of this one-off Honda Café Racer sends our minds racing back to heady days at the world famous Ace Café, where you would see the many rockers pull up and share their passion for these customised machines.

The Café Racer scene has become immensely popular over the last ten or so years, to the extent that not only are the custom scene building them but they have also become more mainstream with every manufacturer releasing one year on year to deliver to a growing band of Café Racer loving bikers.

This stunning example was built between 2019 and 2020 by its previous owner and deserves to be part of anyone’s’ motorbike collection. In fact you could argue that is just what it became to our vender as he only managed to put 300 miles on the odometer, hence his reason to find it a new home so that someone can enjoy its ride as well as the stunning aesthetics.

Starting life as a humble 1981 Honda Superdream CB250NB, a decent bike in its own right, the transformation has been somewhat of a revelation, some would say a metamorphosis.  Whatever you want to call it, we absolutely love it and are astounded by the sheer amount of effort that has gone into making it the example that it has become.

The Detail

Starting from the ground up, the original Superdream wheels have been fully refurbed and modern rubber fitted front and rear with new bearings allowing them to run true and smooth.  A custom front mudguard was then fabricated and painted to match the rest of the bodywork.

The original front forks were stripped back to bare metal before being freshly painted to match the frame and swingarm, they were then fully rebuilt replacing the original springs with upgraded YSS units.  To complete their transformation and to bring them up to modern standards and keep the bike planted a Fastec fork brace was fitted.

The rear wheel is bolted to an extended CM200 swing arm that again has been stripped to bare metal before the red paintwork was added, matching the frame and forks, in fact, while we are at it the frame has also had the same bare metal treatment prior to painting.  The rear brake assembly was supplied by CRK and does exactly what it should, only better.

Finishing off the frame are the CRK footpegs mated to a pair of Raask rearsets, a modified shifter linkage and a custom undertray with a hanging rectifier to scoop up that lovely cold air.

Moving upwards to the visually stunning engine that has had aquablasting treatment to its casings, barrels, head and valve cover, prior to being fully rebuilt with a new timing chain, reground valves, honed barrels, new seats, piston rings and bearings throughout, you genuinely are getting what can be described as a new bike.  It has even had new old stock engine mounts, engine bolts and ancillary parts, It should also be mentioned that apart from the engine bolts every other bolt is a high tensile stainless-steel part.  If you are not starting to get the picture of how much attention this wonderful machine has received then we suggest you keep reading.

After a deep breath we’ll keep going…  speaking of breathing, the engine is fed air and fuel via the carbs that have been treated to a Sigma racing carb jet kit, looking like new they are mated to the rebuilt twin engine.  Once that magical bang and thrust is delivered from the engine the waste travels smoothly out of the engine via the lovely stainless steel CRK exhaust, with the downpipes suitably heat wrapped in keeping with this stunning custom Café Racer style we think they look perfect.

Electrical power is fed from the uprated side mounted gel battery, fitted to a custom tray so as to save space and complete the slim racing lines of these wonderful racers. It is connected via the completely unmolested wiring loom that in turn feeds the custom front and rear lights, with the front one attached to the bike via a new old stock yoke and custom bracket that houses the warning lights and CRK clocks, finishing off the top yokes and bracket is original key and barrel.

Along with the custom single cowl the steering is, or specifically the dropped handlebars (drop bars) are arguably the biggest hint that a bike is styled as a Café Racer. The lovely CRK pair fitted to this one are finished off with end bar mirrors so you can see who you are leaving behind when twisting that throttle to its stop.

Flicking up the modified stand and throwing your leg over the modified BMW seat, which has benefitted by being fabricated to follow the sleek lines of the frame and to be perfectly lined up with the CB400t fuel tank with original badges, really does give you that sense of speed. If you have ridden a Café Racer before you will understand that the riding position is built for speed, bringing your wind co-efficiency down specifically to hit that magical ton, just like the original ton-up boys from yesteryear.

With a very realistic reserve and such a great deal of love, energy and investment lavished on arguably one of the best presented Café Racers we have seen in some time, the winning bidder is going to be one happy bunny as they swing that leg over it for the first time.  As the vendor shared, it would be a shame not to enjoy the bike as it should be but even if you do plan to just stand and stare at it you won’t be disappointed.

A genuinely stunning machine.

Vehicle Location: Hertfordshire SG4– it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
l******s £1,500.00 2022-05-18 09:41:57
Start auction £1,500.00 17/05/2022 9:00 AM


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