HONDA CB400T CAFE RACER ’78 BY MARC SCHANZA - MotoMatter
Honda CB400T Cafe Racer ’78 by Marc Schanza

This is how it all started… Your common, beaten up bike. This time is was a Honda CB400T from 1978.

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Oh my god!!

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Getting the engine out

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Engine repair

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Exhaust repair

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Clutch repair

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Adding M-shaped Cafe Racer bars

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The cockpit
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The Wiring

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The bought seat didn’t fit, so Marc made his own!

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Seat Construction

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Rear fender made from a stainless steel pipe!

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Rear fender = done

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Changing the swingarm

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Fitting the tail
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Making preparations for the paint

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Done!

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This winter Marc will also add some nice spoke wheels to his Honda CB400T Cafe Racer.

[Spring update]

Honda CB400T Cafe Racer

Well Marc, you did a fine job!

If you need some help with lacing wheels, we have it for you overhere!

The Honda CB400T was a twin-cylinder four-stroke motorcycle produced from 1978 to 1981. It used the same engine family as the Honda CB250N/CB400N. The motorcycle is not to be confused with the modern Honda CB400 or the four-cylinder Honda CB400F.
Having introduced the first four-cylinder motorcycles for the 350; 400; 500; 550 and 750 -classes, Honda seemed to take a step back with this parallel twin with classic 360° crank-layout. Nevertheless the engine showed to be reliable and sturdy and was to be a long living design used in all Honda’s 400 & 450 twins for the next 10–15 years.

The engine featured a diamond type frame-configuration, 3-valve design of the combustion chamber, tandem balance-shafts in the front left side of the engine and CDI ignition. In addition, the CB400T also introduced the “Com-Star” compound aluminum-rims, using tubeless tires for the first time.
The motorcycle is somewhat popular nowadays due to its reliability and ‘retro factor,’ and also due to the general resurrection in classic motorcycles. The model has become particularly popular with motorcycle enthusiasts interested in converting the motorcycle into Cafe racers.

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