Return of the Cafe Racers - Honda GB400 SLS Cafe Racer

Honda GB400 SLS Cafe Racer

My good friend and co-organiser of Oil Stained Brain, Jimmy Goode, is selling his flaked and flamed '88 Honda GB400 Cafe Racer. Originally built by Raider Motorsport in Coffs Harbour, Jimmy's chopped, painted and changed the bike to suit his own style, but it's now time for it to go to make…

 

My good friend and co-organiser of Oil Stained Brain, Jimmy Goode, is selling his flaked and flamed ’88 Honda GB400 Cafe Racer. Originally built by Raider Motorsport in Coffs Harbour, Jimmy’s chopped, painted and changed the bike to suit his own style, but it’s now time for it to go to make way for another project. There’s a lot more to this bike than just the fancy paint job, Raider gave the Honda the full treatment during the original build and it’s about as far from stock as you could imagine.

Back in 2012 Raider custom built the GB and labeled it their SLS (Salt Lake Sickle). It was created as a show piece for the company to display their abilities at the Sydney Motorcycle Expo, one of the biggest 2 wheeled events in Australia. As you would expect Raider went all out on the little Honda’s transformation with a full bodywork overhaul and an extensive list of engine mods.

To get the performance they wanted out of the 400 (or in their words “enough power to blow the wheels off most 500/650cc bikes“) Raider revised the GB’s camshaft, added a larger carby and upgraded the cylinder-head, the internals were ported and polished and a full custom exhaust with mufflers tucked away in the bikes under carriage. The note from the exhaust is enough to make your ears ring and I have to say keeping up with Jimmy on my W650 did require liberal amounts of throttle twisting.

Raider replaced the controls with all new switches and dials which they mounted to a set of low slung clip on bars. The pegs were replaced by an adjustable set of rear sets and the frame was chopped to shorten the bikes stance.

Raider originally wrapped the GB’s widened XS650 tank in a carbon fiber film but with his contacts in the Kustom scene Jimmy saw it fit to add some flake to his ride. Painter Thom Armstrong laid the new paint using 3 different kinds of flake and copious coats of clear leaving a finish that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. For the full list of modifications check out the Ebay auction here, and if you like what you see get your bid in fast as I’m sure it’ll be leaving his garage real soon.

RAIDER MOTORSPORT     /     Photos by Jason Lau

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