Honda’s iconic CB — or “City Bike” — range has gone from being one of the most influential and game-changing motorcycles of the 1970s to one of the most popular platforms for customization on two-wheels today. And while there’s no shortage of stellar, elaborate CB projects out there, sometimes keeping things simple is the way to go — as evidenced by this 1987 Honda CB550F from Austria’s NCT Motorcycles entitled “Black Edition.”
This rolling exercise in restraint retains the donor’s stock tank, front-end, swing-arm, and wheels, though has received a custom hooped subframe that’s capped off with a one-off tail cowl and a custom leather seat. Brilliantly demonstrating the less-is-more build ethos, the Japanese four-banger now spits burnt fumes from a pipe-tape-wrapped four-into-one exhaust culminating in a carbon fiber can mounted just beneath the right-side foot controls — which have been upgraded to adjustable rear-sets and paired with new clip-ons for a markedly more aggressive riding position. The cafe racer has also received new rear shocks, a revised electronics system utilizing a host of Motogadget parts, and a thorough engine refresh. NCT’s Black Edition is currently for sale in Austria with an asking price of approximately $20,100.