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Jaw-Dropping 1975 Honda CB550 Cafe Racer Looks Fit for the Matrix Universe

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Photo: Alex Martino
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Dustin Kott is something of a star on the custom bike scene of southern California, and it only takes a quick look at his project archive to see why. As Kott Motorcycles, he’d worked with several high-profile customers over the years, including one Ryan Reynolds – ever heard of him? Now, the motorcycle shown below has a rather mysterious background, so we don’t know whether it was built for some celebrity or your regular Joe.
What we can say for sure is that whoever commissioned this project has great taste, though. Dustin was shown a photo of an old custom BMW, which wore a sublime green colorway that would more or less be replicated on his build. Chrome and brown leather were the two other requests put forward by the client, so everything else was left at Sir Kott’s discretion.

His starting point was a Honda CB550 from the model-year 1975, and the first thing to grab your attention will probably be the replacement fuel tank. It was lifted off a CB750, garnished with knee indentations, and massaged to become compatible with its new host. Dustin thinks the first-gen CB750 had one of the sexiest tanks ever designed by Honda and we agree, but he somehow made it look even better!

Right behind the retrofitted tank is a steel seat pan topped with brown leather upholstery, ticking one of the customer’s demands off the list. The saddle, along with a tailor-made made cafe racer tail, sits on a modified subframe, which is shorter than stock in order to tighten up the CB550’s rear-end anatomy. We see an aftermarket taillight round things out in that area, yet there are no fenders to speak of on this machine.

At twelve o’clock, Dustin added a seven-inch retro headlamp and clip-on handlebars. This caffeinated UJM is devoid of any turn signals, though, which isn’t actually a problem in the eyes of the law where he lives. As you might’ve already noticed, this CB550 comes with a rear disc brake as opposed to the standard drum.

The setup was put together under previous ownership but thoroughly rebuilt and upgraded as part of Kott’s overhaul. Drilled aftermarket brake rotors are now present at both ends, as are premium master cylinders and fresh hoses. The project’s author came up with a pair of bespoke aluminum rearsets, as well, thus running a full circle around the ergonomic side of things.

One may find laced Excel hoops with Bridgestone tires in the footwear department, while the bike’s inline-four engine has been refurbished inside out. It hosts some new breathing equipment, too; individual pod filters for the intake and a handmade four-into-one exhaust fabricated out of stainless-steel. Finally, a mesmerizing shade of green was laid on the headlight nacelle, fuel tank, and tail.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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