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ATJ Project’s ’83 Honda CB400 Café Racer

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 24 comments

I’m here to tell you something that I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt. ATJ Project’s main man, Adam Jasiński, is one persistent, determined son-of-a-bitch. Looking back through the records, he first contacted us in early September of 2012 with photos of a bike he’d just finished. We liked it and asked if he could get us some decent photos of. He said yes, and then spent the next five months battling with cameras, lights, SD cards and our tachyon-sized attention spans trying desperately to impress us. I swear at one point I actually forgot who he was and introduced myself to him a second time. But he soldiered on and on and on until finally, when the moon was aligned in the third house of Sagittarius and an albino dog in China barked three times, he managed to wow us with the photos you see before you. Adam, I’m here to say thanks. Thanks for persisting. And thanks for putting up with our fussiness. If you’re in Poland and looking for a custom bike, I can guarantee you this is the guy that will go the extra mile. Or month, as the case may be…

Here’s Adam – and not a moment too soon. “A few words about us first. I am Polish and came from a family with a strong motorbike history. Everything was started by my father (again with the Dads – Andrew). He was a four-time Motocross champion in my country. So bikes were always in our garage. My older brother Tom and me started our adventure on 2 wheels when we were only 6 or 7 years old. Now I can say that we love really vintage bikes.”

“One day we saw a café racer in a movie, and this was the moment when we decided to try and make such a bike. We bought a destroyed Honda CB400, disassembled it, cut the frame, hand made the seat, painted the tank etc. Finally the project turned out very good. Then came second bike, a Yamaha XS650, and a third…”

Note the detailing on the rear-view mirror

“Here’s a few words about bike. It’s a Honda CB 400 from 1983. We have painted it in a “Gulf” style. The frame is cut, the rear is converted to café, and painted silver. We hand made the seat with blue thread, the boards (not sure if he means the pegs or the heat shields – Andrew), and the rear fender which is trimmed in brown leather. The tires are modern street ones, and the exhaust is straight-through.”

Cool beyond a shadow of a doubt

“We made a Facebook fanpage. We put news, style photos, our ideas, and new projects up there. Maybe in the next year we would like to try make ATJ-Project our latest local business.”

“A few days ago we bought 3 honda CB400s and a Yamaha DT250 from 1978, so in 2-3 months we will have lots of new projects. We can’t wait for the spring to start built bikes. Thanks for looking.”

Insert joke here about Poles

  • tomn

    way the go boys… i was looking into similar bike to start building something… i have no experiance, but I want to make a try 🙂 I am still not sure weather to go with MG v35 or CB400N 🙂

  • Definitely some quality work. Love the double stitched seat.

    This bike got a lot of love when I posted it, as did his other creations.

    Well done Adam.

  • Now&Zen

    Well ……… we were having a pretty good run of customs there . Nary a dull one to be seen . Till …. that is ……. this one .The ‘ Gulf ‘reference only making matters worse . Wake me when something interesting comes along if you would .. ….zzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ..

    • Jacob Speis

      Agreed on paint alone. This only bears resemblance to Gulf livery in terms of color and the fact that it has a Gulf logo on it somewhere. Nothing else on it remotely looks like a Gulf paint scheme, it just looks a bit of a cobbled together mess of ideas with a minor tie-in detail. I’d really be all about the bike itself if it weren’t for that tank.

      • Steve Mills

        Jesus tap-dancing christ, who gives a shit if it’s not an exact replica of a Porsche or GT40 livery? It looks cool as hell. It all works together and looks badass fast and tough.

        • Jacob Speis

          God, give it a rest, the both of you. You’re acting like I insulted his mother. Sorry you’re all operating under the “don’t post your opinion unless you have something particularly kind to say” frame of mind, but my opinion is that the tank is letting the rest of the build down. The beauty of my opinion is that you don’t have to care about it, so why so butthurt? Sorry, I didn’t realize the comments section was only for everyone to circle jerk each other.

          • w

            Agree. I hate that people think comments must be positive. Put yourself on stage…

      • Nathan

        i seriously think that you people are just straight nasty to some of these builders.
        I find it hard to believe that any of you actually have something better sitting in your own garage?

        Yes it only resembles Gulf livery in color but what else would be a better reference? Martini?
        The fact that someone is willing to present their bike to the world through pipeburn is awesome but i really do feel sorry for them sometimes due of the lack of respect given for the man hours and hard work that goes in to any project. Its like you have to say something bad to make yourself feel better.
        I bet that anybody who has had a bike on here wouldnt leave such comments on another guys bike as they can appreciate a build wether it fancys them or not.

        • Actually, I do have something better. A Honda VT700C that I would define as a “military rat.” Sitting in pieces as a work in progress, it still looks better than this. But then, I also think my kids are cuter than yours, so I may be biased.

  • Mattro

    that tank’s a lot more svelte than the one from my 78 cb400 twin. cb400’s are light, easy, reliable commuters and this is a beautiful example — one of the few good-looking customs i’ve seen this model turned into.

    maybe i’ll bump this mine to the front of the line for my winter projects… thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nice little bike! The Hawk series are really hard to do anything with, without major frame modifications. LOVE those Comstars!!! This is a nice, *usable* mid-size motorbike. Good Job!

  • I think it’s OK. If I may, I’d lose the center stand. Is the rear fender rusty? The paint is fine, but seems a little disconnected from the rest of the bike. Maybe building a steel bump and adding a front fender both painted the same as the tank will create some continuity. I like it and would ride it, but I’d change a couple of things. Just my two.

    • matt

      trimmed in brown leather (4th paragraph)

  • pickychoosey

    the paints ugly, the rear end looks unfinished, and the front forks are too long making the stance all wrong. next

  • davesee

    it looks fun to ride, and that’s a hard bike to make look cool. this does.

  • nathas909

    I really like the leather covered fender. It does not quite fit in with the rest of the bike, but it is a neat idea. Also the seat is nice.

  • Badger

    Horrible. Sorry, I can see you tried but it’s not good. The seat/ guard combo looks like it’s half way through taking a dump and it’s haemorrhoids are giving it greif. Better luck next time.

  • Lewn

    Lovely cute bike. In fact I love everything about it as it is. Love the seat and the back end especially. Modern tires and stainless headers, thank god, a rider’s bike, not some show-pony or weird oddball theme that would actually suck to ride. If it were mine, I’d go further, think about rear-sets or maybe upgrade the brakes and suspension, but its up to each person to decide that kind of spending for themselves, anyhow, I bet it rips around kart tracks and mountain twisties just the way it is.

  • Cinqmars2

    I think this bike has something here, the majority of modern cafes built from 70’s and 80’s bikes are trying to look like bikes from the 60’s. This is undoubtedly a custom, a cafe and a bike from the 80’s. It builds upon and improves a lot on the original bike, yet retains a lot of design cues from the era. I see this as a much more sincere build with a lot of respect for the original bike and I don’t think enough people hold this approach.

  • The Bike is alright, but the windshield looks cheap and i’ve never been a fan of gulf designs. That’s just not my kind of mug.

  • Ken Lindsay

    I like this little bike! If it were mine, I would want the frame to be black to match the rims. I would rework the rear fender and subframe past the shock mount. I love the colors and that seat could start a trend. Also, braded cables would be great for the brakes as I would want to test them on a backroad… I wonder if it had the honda wings instead of the Gulf logo, would it have a warmer reception?

  • Known as the CB400N super dream in the U.K.. they sold tons of them here (mainly the 250 version),most ending up as ratty winter hacks or courier bikes ,glady some have made it to eastern europe , where they are a bit more resourceful and build custom bikes from anything ,not really my cup of tea but admire the build,and having worked with Polish panel beaters ,they do have good skills . just good to see the diversity in the bikescene worldwide on pipeburn

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