May 20, 2015

The Story of Raleigh Motor

Raleigh Motor has set out to build a one of a kind cafe racer from a 1971 Honda CB350, but we're not doing it alone.  Through collaborations with local artists, we will design and build a variety of hand built, custom pieces for this bike. This will truly be a community fueled effort and we're just getting started. 

We are looking for more artists to spotlight and contribute to the build! If you're interested in being a part of our story, hit us up at 

To everyone that helped get this project off the ground, we sincerely thank you. You've given your time, your equipment, and your expertise and we could not be more grateful. While these are certainly humble beginnings, we have no doubt Raleigh Motor will grow into so many things we have yet to think up. For now, our story starts with a bike and a love for creating something truly unique.


April 11, 2015

1971 Honda CB350 - the project bike

At the end of the day, the story of our 1971 Honda CB350 is not unlike the many others we hear. Someone with good intentions just never found the time or money to do what they wanted and has finally decided it would be better say goodbye and see the bike back on the road, rather than watch it waste away alongside the other forgotten (or more important) projects. That same excitement the previous owner once had for this bike and it's potential—is now ours.

When we first got our hands on the bike, we were really excited to get it back to the shop and dig in. We spent the first couple months learning about the bike and working on disassembly. We went through everything, including our top end to ensure the heart of the bike was in good working order. We tagged, labeled, and took pictures of every piece to make sure we had a complete record of the bike. At the end of it all, we discovered a bad starter and one broken piston ring. Not bad.

So for us, this is where it all begins. We're starting with the bare frame and turning our attention towards design and collaborations. We realize that with all the amazing work coming out of the custom bike community, we have our work cut out for us to create something truly unique, but we believe we are up to the challenge. We have some talented folks on board already to help us bring this bike back to life and in the months ahead you will hear their stories as we push on.

The goal with our bike at the end of the day is to create a custom vintage motorcycle that is a reflection of the builders, makers, and handmade artists we worked with to help build it. And while our initial focus and story starts here in Raleigh, we are not limiting our collaborations to our zip code. We are looking for people from all over who want to share their stories and help us create something truly unique. If you are interested in collaborating with us, we want to hear from you.

Thank you for following our story. We're looking forward to the road ahead.