Honda Wheels and Waves 2024


2024 marks five years of www.hondacustoms.com, with a record-breaking field of sixteen bikes from nine different European countries battling it out for the top prize online at hondacustoms.com and in the metal at the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz.

The customisation contest has become an annual event – working in reality and online – that’s growing in popularity as imaginations run riot, and hondacustoms.com received over 21,000 voting visitors throughout summer 2023 for its range of Honda minibikes, an increase of 41% on the previous year.

2024 looks to build on the success and this time it’s the turn of the CL500, a bike loaded with scrambler style and a zesty, A2 compliant twin-cylinder engine. Versatile and huge fun to ride, the CL500 is a great entry point for both motorcycling itself and the world of customisation and all the freedom, self-expression and individuality it allows – for that reason, its guiding design principle is simply ‘Express yourself’.


Honda Enduro 500 (Spain)

A tribute from the Stilmoto dealership to classic Spanish enduro bikes, the Enduro 500 is designed to tug on the heartstrings with memories from a beautiful, golden era of motorcycling history. It features eye-catching tank paintwork, high front mudguard, headlight cover, number board, a variety of handmade parts and Arrow exhaust muffler.

Honda Cherry Lady (Spain)

Drawn from the classic lines and logos of legendary Honda 750s of the 1990s, Cherry Lady is all about maintaining the essence and history of the brand. The creators – Honda Motorsport Las Rozas de Madrid – have a wealth of experience modifying bikes with their customers, but this one is all their own work. Details include a IXIL exhaust, Drag Bar handlebars, minimal turn signals, premium leather seat with red stitching, RedMoto mirrors, Michelin Anakee tyres and Candy Red paint.

CL501R (Spain)

Inspiration for CL501R – built by Honda Moto Centre Leon – is the flat track style of racing bike so popular in the USA. Featuring adjustable rear gas shock absorbers, adjustable front fork plugs, radial front brake master cylinder and braided brake lines, plus handmade radiator and chain guard, the focus was finding the right balance between performance, aesthetics and functionality to create a CL that looks ready for competition.

Moonground (Portugal)

Keep it lean, keep it clean. Moonground from Portuguese dealers Garonda, is their minimalist take on a two-wheeled vehicle ready for any terrain – or planet, of course – that it’s faced with, and is customised with wrapped exhaust downpipes, high-level muffler and aggressive block tyres.

Oceans’ Track (France)

Created by Oceane Motos, Ocean’s Track rolls with an American flat track style with a hint of stunt bike about it, to eyeball-popping visual effect. The key changes over the standard CL500 are the red frame and swingarm, gold wheels, super wide handlebars complete with bar end mirrors, twin LED projector headlights off-set in the front number board and solo seat unit.

CL500 Digger (France)

An homage to the classic Honda XLs and XRs of the 1980s from Chave motos. Lots of off-road style, and bang on trend for the Wheels and Waves vibe, CL500 Digger features a high front mudguard, headlight visor, number boards, knuckle guards, retro tail unit, performance muffler and gold wheels.

CL500 Charade Spirit (France)

More off-road chic from Charade Moto, with a hint of flat track; the Tricolour paint adorning Charade Spirit is that most classic of Honda colour schemes and is especially appealing when matched to the aggressive block tyres, high level front mudguard, single side number board, knuckle guards and high-level single exhaust muffler.

Bik’ink (France)

There’s a 1970s street scrambler vibe about AZ Moto’s custom CL500 and its gorgeous orange and cherry red paint. New rear shocks and the high-level single exhaust muffler.

Irezumi (France)

It’s fair to say the stripped-down ‘Irezumi’ from Starbike Honda is a bit of a celestial entity. The intricate artwork on the tank draws people in, and the minimised rear end and high-level exhaust with single satin muffler and tan seat set this bike apart.

The Poseidon Project (UK)

The Poseidon Project was created by the team at south London’s Doble Motorcycles as an homage to the beauty and power of the ocean. It features a custom painted frame and components with oceanic blues and greens, airbrushed fuel tank and side panels, plus custom seat finished in brown leather. It has been inspired by the team's strong interest in marine conservation.

Sterrato 500 (Italy}

Showing what a little thought, some choice parts and a sprinkling of Genuine Honda Accessories can do, Sterrato 500 (‘dirt road’ in Italian) created by Unit Garage raises the CL500’s off-road potential while referencing famous models from Honda’s past. Features include high front mudguard, headlight cowl, knuckle guards, leather seat, Öhlins rear shocks and block tyres.

Terra Battuta 500 (Italy)

Terra Battuta 500 moves the CL500 in the direction of a long-distance travel all-rounder with stylish, versatile carrying capacity and an array of parts that make life on the open road that little bit easier and more enjoyable. It features a brushed aluminium front mudguard, engine bars, luggage carriers, black anodised luggage rack and tall screen.

 CL Surfer (Germany)

The bike’s name was chosen because Wheels and Waves takes place next to the beautiful beach of Biarritz and exudes a laid-back surfing vibe. Created by the team at the flagship Honda Centre dealership in Frankfurt, the CL Surfer fits the mood, with its metallic silver fuel tank and front and rear mudguards (with signature blue stripe).

Flat Track 500 (Belgium)

Inspired by American flat track racing, Flat Track 500 is Belgium’s first entry into the hondacustoms.com competition. It celebrates the sort of purposeful aesthetic that competition machines so effortlessly exude. Equipped with Öhlins rear shocks, cantilever swingarm, straight handlebars, new wheels, a new rear brake, lowered exhaust, modified rear subframe and stunning paint for the fuel tank, Flat Track 500 is every bit the celebration of dirt track racing.

Alpina 500 (Switzerland)

Built in cooperation with Meister Engineering and celebrating 50 years of Honda Switzerland, Alpina 500 draws on Honda’s heritage while referencing details and elements of one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. The Alpina 500 stands out from the competition with its CB-style fuel tank, stripped subframe, and minimalist bench.

Bunker imPrint (Turkey)

A welcome new entrant to the international competition for 2024 is Turkey, and Bunker Custom Cycles have really tapped into contemporary retro café racer cool, taking a stock CL250 well off course to produce a uniquely stylish motorcycle, with glass-fibre reinforced Nylon FDM 3D home-printed half fairing, new side panels, belly pan and seat hump, plus enclosed exhaust, CB250R USD front forks and radial-mount brake caliper.