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Preparation: honda 600 hornet jigsaw customs motorcycle

Transform a Honda 600 Hornet into a sexy café racer with as many salvaged parts as possible? A challenge taken up by the Greek workshop Jigsaw Custom Motorcycles. And the end result is simply stunning!

Using the Honda CB600F Hornet as the basis for a café- racer project was a daring decision. And Jigsaw Custom Motorcycle, the preparer behind the project, even pushes the envelope a little further by limiting modifications as much as possible and recovering as much as possible what is added – for the sake of economy, as you can imagine. Thus, most of the parts come from the Honda roadster, like the fork assembly, simply decorated with bellows.

However, some new adaptable parts are essential to strengthen the line. Bracelet handlebars, combined with an old-style speedo and a cupped headlight with yellow lens guarantee a more retro-sporty style. The adjustable footrests in place of the Hornet's imposing plates lighten the rear. The tank comes from a Honda CB 750 K from the late seventies, with paint inspired by the original. It is slightly modified to fit the square-section tube “backbone” frame of the first generation Honda 600 Hornet.

Honda 600 Hornet Jigsaw Customs Motorcycle, a cafe racer with trail parts

The most informed will perhaps have guessed from the diameter of the front wheel that the spoked wheels come from a big trail bike, an Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord to be exact. Equipped with a pair of Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires and repainted black (like all the parts of the cycle part), they fit perfectly on the new machine. It takes some flair to guess that the combination will work this well!
The engine does not undergo major modifications. Certainly, the airbox gives way to more elegant and sonorous minimalist horn filters, and the original exhaust is replaced by a chrome megaphone silencer – simple, but effective. Thus, the mill retains its character and reliability!

The most important change (and which requires the most expertise) concerns the rear part of the Honda 600 Hornet, which has been completely revised by the Greek workshop. Goodbye to the simple tube that supported the saddle and plastics. Jigsaw Custom instead fitted a very short homemade rear buckle, to which a new backrest saddle is attached, which “hides” the light.

Thanks to Petros Chatzirodelis, Jigsaw custom motorcycles, as well as Mike Lazaridis of for the photos (you will see more by visiting his site) and to Anthony.

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