Honda showed up to the 2019 Wheels & Waves event at Biarritz, France, with special Honda motorcycles; 12 customised CB1000R Neo Sports Cafes. The 12 bikes were made by different dealers and custom shops from all over Europe, giving each of them their own theme and special flavour. These special bikes are for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the company’s first four-cylinder motorbike, the CB1000R’s ancestor: the CB750.
The shops and branches were chosen by Honda to make the custom Honda motorcycles for the semi-centennial, some due to their history working with the company or dealing with notable motorsports organisations, with some being winners of regional CB1000R build-offs, held ahead of the Wheels & Waves event.
An example is Switzerland’s Gannet Design and Fuhrer Moto, founded by former MotoGP mechanic Stefan Fuhrer, brought in their own custom bike, the CB1000R-adical, which features a camo colour scheme done by Walter Oberli, bespoke Rotobx carbon fibre rims, complimented by a belly pan made of fibreglass. On the front end, the custom bike has a special triple clamp, custom headlamp mount, and a small windshield, giving the bike an aggressive overall aesthetic. For performance, the front forks and sprockets are custom-built 422 Corse CeraCarbon models, complimented by clip-ons and ABM-made SyntoEvo levers, a custom air filter by K&N, as well as a titanium-carbon fibre Akrapovič can.
Other Honda branches also made their own take on the Neo Sports Cafes, like Honda Italia, and Honda Motor Europe, giving the Honda motorcycles their own commemorative flavour.
Honda Italia, for its part, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the CB750 with another CB1000R tribute to the original, this one hailing to the 1969 CB750 KO with its paint scheme. The bike was designed with a retro-modern aesthetic, sporting JoNich tubeless spoked wheels, a 3D Honda emblem at the tank, near the Alcantara-covered seat. The license plate holder is a special LighTech model, paired with several Rizoma accessories strewn throughout the bike. The exhaust tips are SC-Project twin conic mufflers, which is, notably, different from the CB750’s quad-pipe design.
Other custom CB1000Rs were presented throughout the event, all designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Honda’s milestone models.