A Minimalist Honda CX Cafe Racer By X-Axis

View all 11 Photos

What happens when a professional motocross racer pulls up his sleeves to make a custom build? You get the perfect blend of inside knowledge and passion. This Honda CX cafe racer also adds a cool minimalist style to the mix, along with some gorgeous vintage design cues. Created by Billy MacKenzie, motocross champion and X-Axis founder, this Honda CX500 oozes style from every angle. It may be hard to believe, but the bike is MacKenzie’s only second custom build, completed while he was living in Byron Bay, Australia. After stripping and de-tabbing the frame, MacKenzie powder coated it in satin black for more durability. The centerpiece of the build, the V-twin engine pays homage to the industrial era of the ‘80s and stands out thanks to the bike’s minimal, clean design.

The Firestone Champion Deluxe vintage tires enhance the old-school vibes, with their distinctive patterns also adding an eye-catching accent to the bike. Other notable features include upgraded carburetors and pod filters on the custom fitted single cable throttle as well as the custom sheet aluminum rear with beautifully integrated bespoke LED lights. Billy MacKenzie’s old racing number also appears on the tank, as a subtle finishing touch. Photographs© Francisco Tavoni.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • The Soori Bali Resort

    A tranquil resort in Bali with private beach. Built on the south-western coast of Bali,…

  • Villa Castelluccio

    A 1920s countryside villa transformed into a gorgeous retreat. Nestled among old olive trees in…

  • The Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

    Prefab guests suites designed to offer an immersive hotel experience. Built on a vineyard plot…

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(204316)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(16198)
}
            
  • Kolelinia’s New Halfbike 3

    Meet your bike’s creative – and more fun – cousin. When Koleliniа first launched their…

  • The Coleen E-Bike

    Inspired by a vintage icon, made with high-tech features. In 1941, French architect Jean Prouvé…

  • The 2020 Land Rover Defender

    The beloved Defender returns in 2020. Launched in the ‘80s, the Land Rover Defender became…

  • A Custom BMW R100R Bike

    A modern bike with a vintage soul. Vagabund Moto has become a well-known workshop in…

  • Waterproof Bike Packs By Rapha

    A complete solution to carry essentials and gear on cycling adventures. The Waterproof Bike Packs…

  • A Custom Yamaha MT-10 Bike

    A vibrant and creative custom build. Commissioned by Bonesheart to build a bike for a…