No one spends as much time in the saddle as motorcycle couriers, ripping through traffic and over sidewalks to deliver time-sensitive files and packages. London-based Jacek Sawczyn once worked as a moto courier, delivering parcels throughout Britain. That seat time certainly influenced his passion for motorbikes — he now has ten in various stages of customization.
Today, we’re thrilled to present his 1982 Honda CB900. Whenever the subject of moto couriers comes up, we can’t help but think of the comic Bloodrunners by Andy Sparrow, which follows dispatch riders who ride radical turbocharged Japanese inline fours, delivering blood and organs.
This CB900 cafe racer reminds of that breed. The CB900F was introduced in 1979, aimed to compete against Europe’s best. Honda called the bike “a thundering Super-Sports bike with devastating performance and an unwavering stamina,” and some proclaimed the bike the best street machine Honda had ever produced.
Below, we get the full story on the build.
Honda CB900F Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by Jacek Sawczyn. Highlights by us.)
I’m maintenance engineer working in top London restaurants, but my passion is motorbikes. I have around ten bikes and most of them are custom-made. Let me tell about one of them (basically my first build in London).
In 2010 I was bike courier in London; it was like all day on a motorcycle, delivering parcels across Britain. One day I found Honda CB for sale. It was cheap but bad condition. I decided to make my dreamed cafe racer.
I removed all unnecessary parts, bought modern wheels and brakes, and fit high-class suspension. I found on Ebay old English-style tank, made the seat by myself, and assembled bike. For more power, I fitted dynatek ignition and racing carburetors.
The bike looks and rides amazing, is real head turner when riding on the street. Currently working on another project which will finish soon.