1979 Honda CM400A Cafe Racer (No, really…)


Say you don’t like shifting. And you still want to ride a motorcycle.

Say that your only pair of pants are made out of pleather. And that pleather has been treated with teflon.

And you really like cafe racers, you teflon-coated, pleather-wearing, automatic-loving motorcyclist.

Here’s your bike. It’s a 1979 Hondamatic (CM400A if you want to be exact). Not only that, but somebody has actually taken the time to convert this fine piece of motorcycling history into a cafe racer, complete with fiberglass seat and drag bars. The added bonus is the duct-tape seat pad, guaranteed to keep you adhered to the motorcycle if cornering at insane lean angles or wheeling past your favorite bar at which you like wearing your teflon-coated pleather pants. More power to you! Or less in the case of this motorcycle…

Click through for more details and photos…



Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...

Rear view okay, except for the rust stains on the exhaust tips...


Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!

Five to ten foot view? Ouch! That seat's gonna rip up your pleather pants!


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2 comments so far

  1. Pasha on

    Love the bike. I just started a similar project on my 81 CM400 (not an A, however).

    Question. I would like to get some type of low profile seat but one that ideally carries a passenger. I saw some guys who custom built one that the back came off, but they wanted $660 for it. Too rich for my blood. Any suggestions on a seat that would work for what I’m trying to do?

  2. Jarrett Dawson on

    here’s my CM400T cafe, (not an auto):


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