Hookie Co Black Mamba CB550

Hookie Co. Black Mamba CB550

A German-built CB550 cafe racer

Hookie Co. is a custom motorcycle shop based in Dresden, Germany that has a passion for building unique motorcycles. While many builders seem to have a sweet spot or a favorite model they perfect over time, the guys at Hookie Co. are no one trick ponies, having tackled a range of manufactures and styles. Their builds range widely going from a Yamaha XT250 dirtbike to a Harley FLH bobber, followed up with a BMW cafe racer, for example. A large part of their style is a paired down, raw aesthetic which we always love. You won't find much color on their builds - maybe a splash here or there - but by and large it's black or raw steel. Yes. The CB550 'Black Mamba' pictured here is a murdered out, lean, mean, cafe racing machine.

Hookie Co Black Mamba CB550

The Black Mamba started its life as a standard 1973 Honda CB550. Our Bullitt CB is a '73 so this one speaks to us a little more than usual. The frame was cleaned up, detabbed and the rear framed was looped. The front fairing and seat cowl are custom units. The gas tank was modified with a pop-up filler cap. Keeping things clean and minimal, they opted for a Motogadget Motoscope tiny gauge, electrical hidden under seat, a battery box under the swingarm.

"Every motorcycle has it’s own history. We try to save the character and rebuild them with a reflected and meaningful design."
- Hookie Co. founder Nico Müller

Hookie Co. CB550 cockpit

The motor was completely gone through and rebuilt. The bike now breathes in through sparkling-clean Kiehin carbs and breathes out through 4-into-1 headers and a Spark Performance muffler. Up front, the suspension was lowered by 1/2" with custom lowering spacers. Out back, custom-length YSS Eco-Line shocks get the job done.

The CB550 is rolling on 19×3.25 Bridgestone Battlax front and a 18×4.00 Bridgestone Battlax rear. The rear drum was rebuilt and the original front disc provides front end stopping power via Grimeca master cylinder.

CB550 in action
Electronics were minimized with a custom harness, powered by an Antigravity 8-Cell Battery. A Motogadget RFID-Keyless System, Motogadget M.Blaze Disc Signals and Motone Switches add a touch of modern to the old girl.


Some of our favorite elements of the build are the custom fairing and the tail cowl. On top of that, the use of high gloss paint in contrast with the matte black really get our motors revving. "We build for a relationship. Not for people." they claim. Yeah, we're into that too.

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Bullitt OG with child

4 Items for the Cafe Racing Dad in Your Life

Rad gifts for rad - cafe racing - dads

Café racing was born in England’s streets during the 1950s, but it remains as a favored pursuit among its enthusiastic devotees around the globe. We're huge cafe racer fans here and are always searching for new riding gear that suits the same aesthetic as the bikes we love. We've pulled together a few of our recent favorites that would make for perfect gifts for the café racing dads in your life.

  1. The Alpinestars Charlie Pant

Fabricated from heavy dark-wash denim material, the Charlie Pant features a slim tapered fit and extra-long front pockets. Removable CE-certified protectors and Aramidic fiber reinforcements in the knees and seat make it a great choice for both its protection and vintage appeal.

The Alpinestars Charlie Pant motorcycle riding jeans

  1. The Alpinestars Brera Air Motorcycle Jacket

The Brera Air is an Alpinestars riding jacket made with ventilated front, back and sleeve panels, plenty of zippered pockets, and CE-certified, removable shoulder and elbow protectors. It’s also crafted with both a sleek, form-fitting retro style and top-notch protection abrasion-resistant finish. Dad will look cool on his café racer in either basic black or deep rich brown full-grain leather.

Alpinestars Brera Air Motorcycle Jacket, for the cafe racing dad

  1. The Alpinestars Oscar Parlor Riding Shoes

Crafted like a Chelsea boot, the Oscar Parlor shoe is a testament to café racing’s rock and roll origins. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also an all-weather champ that’s built for performance. Key features include a full-grain leather upper, breathable Drystar membrane layer between its upper and lining for added weather shielding, and ankle protector disks supported by poly-foam padding.

Alpinestars Oscar Parlor Riding Shoes 

  1. The Bell Bullitt Triple Threat Helmet

Looking for cool motorcycle helmets for sale that really protect your noggin? Vintage-styled headgear doesn’t come better than Bell Bullitt’s Triple Threat helmet. Its low-profile composite shell and built-in full-face shield offer solid crash protection while its three available shell sizes, contoured cheek pads, and a padded chin strap with leather D-ring closures ensure that the wearer achieves an optimal fit.

Bell Bullitt Triple Threat Helmet, great for cafe racingWe're always looking out for new gear, and places where to find it. With literally millions of high-quality parts and accessories in its inventory, BikeBandit.com is an amazing source for powersports gear. Check out their online store for great deals in jackets, footwear, pants and motorcycle helmets for sale.