One of the leading lights of the café racer scene in the US right now is Dime City Cycles. Here’s the latest build from Jason and Herm, a very heavily modified Honda CB400 Cafe Racer.
It’s a comprehensive overhaul of the classic 70s Super Sport, right down to the modified, braced frame and swingarm.
They’ve also upgraded the motor with Yoshimura 54.5mm pistons (boosting capacity to 466cc), a Kibblewhite Precision Machining valve train, and Keihin CR carburetors.
The suspension comes from Progressive, and the rims are from Excel; the front end is a blend of CB400F, CB450 and CB750 parts.
If the tank looks slightly familiar, that’s because it’s a vintage Ducati replica race tank, behind a matching fairing.
Most of the other custom parts are Dime City’s own items, including the exhaust system.
Here’s a run down on the Four Hundreds specs:
- 1975 CB 400 Four Super Sport
- Vintage Ducati Replica Race Fuel Tank & Fairing
- Dime City Original Wasp Rear Seat Section
- Dime City Original Lower Cowl Section
- Modified Frame (Chromoly Backbone, Braces and DCC Rearsteel Loop)
- Modified Swingarm (Chromoly Sections and Bracing)
- BlackBox Yoshi 466 Piston Kit
- Kibbellwhite Valve Train
- Custom MAC/DCC Exhaust System
- Progressive Suspension Front & Rear
- Excel Shouldered Aluminum Rims w/ Metzler Rubber
- Combination CB400F, CB450 & CB750 Front End w/ YZF Dual Discs
- Loadedgun Rear Sets & DCC Linkage Kit
- Keihin CR Race Carburetors
- Tommaselli Clip-ons
- Acewell gauge Unit
Want so see it action, with the Bostrom brothers testing it to the limit on a race track? Well, c’mon!
To see more of Erik’s photography be sure to head over to the Choppershotz website. Featured model is the current Miss Dime City Cycles, Arianna Leigh.
So, do you like this Honda CB400 Cafe Racer by Dime City Cycles?
About Dime City Cycles (DCC)
So you want the skinny on The Wing’d Piston eh?
Combine one part obsessive/compulsive attention to detail, two parts MIT mad scientist, and one part masochistic love of sixties British engineering (Think Land Rover, Lotus Super Seven, and Norton framed café racers)…
What do you get? A mouth full of loose teeth… Or so we are told when you are hit by a surprise knuckle-samich from the crew at DCC after seeing one of our creations.
Dime City Cycles was born out of a necessity amongst two friends sharing a similar interest in vintage motorcycles and the lifestyle that accompanies them. The DCC crew is not defined by a single sub-culture or biker class (although we definitely favor cafe racers). We are united, however, by a desire to contribute to the revival currently taking place in garages and on the streets around the world.
Simply put, our commitment is to help you build the two wheel ground pounder of your dreams…and our dream is to live our lives according to the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Ride Fast. Live Well.
The DCC Crew