Yamaha GX400SP cafe racer by An-Bu

Yamaha cafe racer by the Japanese workshop An-Bu.
In the port city of Nagoya, An-Bu builds stripped-back, edgy customs that manage to look both raw and slick at the same time. The small company is like a Japanese version of the Wrenchmonkees, with a similar knack of using stark color contrast to create high-impact bikes.

This is one of An-Bu’s latest creations, a lovely Yamaha café racer. Although you’d never guess, it’s based on the GX400SP—an unassuming late 70s bike putting out just under 40 hp.

Yamaha cafe racer by the Japanese workshop An-Bu.
The frame has been cut down at the back and the whole bike lowered on its suspension. The narrow tank and tire-hugging tail unit emphasize the 150-section rear hoop, a substantial jump in width from the original.

Yamaha cafe racer by the Japanese workshop An-Bu.
An-Bu offers this bike in three versions: as a naked café racer, or with two different styles of fairing. (The fairings are replete with the usual Japanese penchant for odd, and in this case profane, graphics.)

Yamaha cafe racer by the Japanese workshop An-Bu.
The bikes are completely refinished in matt black, with only the glossy red of the tank providing contrast. The perfect machine for blasting around under the neon lights of a Japanese city at night.

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Yamaha cafe racer by the Japanese workshop An-Bu.