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‘80 Honda CB400 – Jasin Motorcycles


Posted on July 28th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Tracker. 15 comments

Seems like everywhere you look lately, there’s death and destruction all over the news. This country hates that country or some such ‘us and them’ type disaster. Makes you wonder what we could all achieve if we just got along. What if we worried less about our differences and instead we looked for more ways we could work together? Take, for instance, the Jasinski brothers from Poland. They’ve found their good Slavic selves becoming obsessed with Japanese customs done in a British café racer style with a little good ol’ American flat track thrown in for good measure. How’s that for loving thy neighbour?

“Hello again, Pipeburn. We are two brothers from Poland who really love vintage Japanese bikes. I’m Adam, and my brother’s name is Tom. You might remember our Honda CB 400 done up in Gulf colours that was on the site a while back. As you might have guessed, we prefer this model because they are pretty easy to get over here and their prices are still quite reasonable. Though that may not last much longer. This one is a 1980 model that we decided to make into our version of a café racer. We’re proud to say that it’s destined to take up residence in our own garage, too.”

While the boys are more than a little open to improving international relations, that’s not to say that they aren’t ready to give a little leg-up to Mother Polska where appropriate. Hence their choice to paint their latest creation in Poland’s national colours, red and white. And a whole heap of black, too. Let’s face it – it’s a hard combo to beat. Just ask the Red Baron. Or Santa.

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“As always, we redid or repainted every part of the bike, including a new seat finished with some good quality black leather in a diamond stitch. It’s mainly inspired by café racers, but you’ll probably notice the tracker influence – especially with the ‘bars and the seat. There’s also the flat-track inspired tank decals.”

The boys handmade the gloss black air box boards and painted the rear arm to match the tank. On this they put some fairly hefty rubber boots to give the build that solid, meaty look. While they were down there they also added a custom exhaust to add a bit of go and to lovely up its sound. They also ditched the fenders in a well-proven ‘less is less’ parts selection process.

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“The Honda rides so great that we can’t believe it has more than 30 years on the clocks. The engine has lots of power. We were so impressed, in fact, that we decided to leave original filter box in place; this way we guaranteed that the bike would have a little more power in the lower rpm range; just what we wanted for around town.”

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“The original CB400 isn’t that much of a looker. So every time we start a build with this model, we want to make something new and something refreshed. But mostly we want to make a bike that looks great. If you ride it and it isn’t grabbing everyone’s attention, we think that we probably haven’t succeeded.”

“That probably explains why it has so much tracker in it; a lot of people think that a café racer should be only black or better still, matt black. But we want to make a our bikes more living and vibrant. We like it, and we hope you do too.”





  • P

    The base for this is a CM400 model. It has essentially the same engine as the CB400T but with a different frame, trim, sidecovers, seat height, etc

  • revdub

    Very cool. Love the paint on this. The tank looks great and the red swing arm is a cool touch.

  • Polaczek

    Not too many custom work here.
    -frame untouched (tail section look like sh*t)
    -stock suspension
    -stock wiring
    -no mention of engine rebuild
    -cheapest mufflers
    – ugly and cheap tailight
    -lack of seat/frame fitment

    • Greg Drozd

      Polaczek cwaniaczek

      Momma didn’t teach you if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything?

      Bike looks very nice. You’re just a typical Polak that cannot complement a fellow countrymen on their work.
      All the “Flaws” you mentioned are more like possible “options” Nothing wrong with the bike as it is.

  • http://ridedualsport.com/ Manxman

    Nice job to turn an ugly duckling malaise era Honda twin into a cool looking ride.

  • catalyst385

    Go on Craigslist and search “cafe project.” There’s tons of cobbled together bikes that look just like this for $1,200.

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      But there’s none on Craigslist Poland. I just checked…

  • Michal125

    Very cool looking bike indeed!

    ..those awkward number plates in EU… you build (buy) your self a beautiful bike and you have to install a billboard on it. It`s ridiculous!

  • Stannis

    You check Hazan bikes here and then there is this – cheap, shitty custom bike that was made in 2 weeks. Rear end looks terrible. I’m not sure why anyone would like to show this frame to public. As someone said there is not much work in this bike. I can only guess with high level of probability that paint form wheels will disappear under high pressure of water :)

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      Thanks for your input. I’ll be sure and pass that on to the guys.

      • Stannis

        Thank you but there is no need for that. I will tell them that when I meet them on the streets of Warsaw. By the way I hope they read those comments.

  • globalissues

    If i had a motorcycle I would plan a trip to raise awareness of global poverty. — The Borgen Project

  • PA!

    I don’t know why everybody is putting so much hate to this motorbike, they must be PROS when customizing one… I’m just saying, probably they could do a better job, you know?

    I LOVE EVERYTHING about this bike, the colors, the handlebars, the seat (look comfy, very comfy) the tail, the tires, EVERYTHING.
    I for sure am not any PRO, but I love bikes, and I must say, this one, is a look I would certainly go for, when customizing mine.

    Maybe I’m an amateur, maybe Adam & Tom are amateurs too, but i wanna say CONGRATULATIONS lads! this is a fine piece of work. You certainly gave me some inspiration for my baby.

    Either way, everyone should be giving good and constructive ideas instead of just throwing shit, there’s nothing about being a PRO with that attitude.

    CHEERS to my Poland mates, Sincerely,

    A Mexican fellow, bike lover friend.

    • Joel Ness

      I was thinking the same thing. Not every bike has to be built on a 1-off frame with every stock part thrown away. I think this is a great take on a bike that had humble beginnings. They changed exactly what needed to be changed to get rid of all the ugly. The tank and seat work well with the lines of the stock frame, no need to hack it all up. Also it’s refreshing to see original gauges as opposed to the same old cafe-catalog mini cans a lot of people (myself included) use.

      My only criticism is the shape of the side covers in relation to the curve of the frame behind it.

      Looks like it’s been built to ride, not to sit in the garage until it gets loaded into a van to go to a show; I’d gladly ride it any day of the week.

  • eos13

    Farrrk me. Relax with the dismissive comments you knobs. Too easy to criticise when all your saying is; this is no good… thats no good. I would do this… i would do that. Nothing really constructive i might add. To my mind pipeburn was a motorcycle appreciation site, not a lets be a bunch of whinging cunts website. Having brothers myself – i would have loved to have done something like this with my bros! Love it… bunch of Polak brothers having a good time building a bike. Nuff said.