Is it not that every enthusiasts you meet these days either owns a café racer or wants to own one ? And when you open your browser to look for custom motorcycles on one of the “Café”- prefix or suffix websites, there are hundreds more with very little distinction between themselves.
While that is not a bad thing and only means that just like every youth that enters motorcycling wants a full-faired sports bike, people with more deep tastes want café racers. But what is rather troublesome is that the sorts of café racers that builders build out there are rather framed around the same idea and design that gets repeated over and over again. And with the availability of ready made “bolt on parts for café racers” the title just becomes a whole lot more cliche.
But in this era of robotically identical period motorcycles, there are some who beg to think and imagine different. Rebellion Of The Machines is one such company who wishes to break the norm and establish machines that are based on the true, sort of forgotten appeal of café racers… Brash, fast with actual performance and handling, but also with the looks of a proper speed machine.
Rebellion’s team is made up of Adolfo, owner of the oldest custom shop in Spain, and brothers Raùl and Jose Pérez who are excellent mechanical engineers and contracted by Bultaco for racing motorcycles. The mission is simple, build motorcycles that appeal aesthetically as well as for their performance and handling. With this ideology, the trio has introduced the Honda CB750 that we see in the images.
Of course, the fit and finish on the Honda CB750 is bespoke, showing the experience of the men who brought it to life. The base bike, a 1994 Honda CB750 was taken apart to check if everything was good, in the process upgrading and changing what was necessary. The front end uses Yamaha R6 forks and T-section, while adding a Brembo braking system upgrade. The tank comes from a 1984 CB model and the rear tail section, which is from a Yamaha TZ, sits on a custom-made subframe that neatly tucks in the wiring and battery. The swingarm used is from a Yamaha R6 so that Rebellion could get a clean rear end look with a monoshock.
So how is this machine different from the rest of the café racers out there ? While there have been a slew of changes, Rebellion claim that the geometry of the bike is stock, down to the last millimeter. To add, the bike weighs about 25 kg less than the original Honda CB750. So the math is pretty clear… a lighter machine with a rebuffed engine that retains the original geometry while having upgraded, lightweight and better chassis components. Do we need to say more ?
While this particular Rebellion Honda CB750 café is not for sale, the company is building four more similar motorcycles (with different paint scheme of course) that would be available for sale at a price of €15,000 (about $17,000). Also, this price includes a lifetime warranty from Rebellion, something you wont hear very often in the custom or production motorcycle world.