The Creation of The First: Tom Hardy’s Favourite Motorbike

Spitfire Speed Shop


A bike that was already iconic, respected and proven, was the first step to choosing the perfect bike for our 001 build. Then came the drawings and research. Looking at numerous good and bad examples, visiting shows, flicking through the famous Built magazine, grabbing ideas where possible, all helped achieve their design. The bike chosen was to a Honda CB400F 1979, a true sports bike of it’s time and now thought of highly.

So, like most purchases, they started trawling on the internet to find the donor. A 200 mile round trip in one evening to Preston, finally they located where the donor bike would be. On first appearance they nearly walked away,  they though they had taken on too much or was it a true barn find? The Honda had not moved or started in years, parked neatly at the back of a dusty barn, along side many other examples, they pulled her out. The small collection was owned by an Ex patriot (Ex Pat) who had a passion for bikes but never the time. They inspected the Honda carefully and had to turn her over by hand. Everything moved as it should, a clean engine, frame and tank. She was theirs and about to start an epic 9 month restoration.




Firstly, they stripped the bike back to a rolling chassis before turning their attention to the engine which was split and dismantled. All the parts were neatly boxed and labelled ready to be inspected. Secondly, the front suspension was stripped along with the wheels and tank, everything else was disregarded and binned. The engine, wheel hubs, front suspension, frame and tank were all they needed for this build.

Tear Down



So, the block, rocker cover, cases and carbs were all Vapour blaster and then polished. Followed by new engine components: Piston & piston rings, bearing shells, bearings & seals, gaskets, primary chain & cam chain, chain tensioner, stems and seals, full carb kit and custom hand turned voilicity pods.

After a few hard nights in the Spitfire Speed Shop (S.S.S), the engine and the carbs were fully assembled with the timing set and tolerances checked.

The Engine



They started with a complete rebuild of the front forks and new Hagon custom stainless steel rear shocks. A stunning set of polished rims, stainless steel spokes , polished hubs were added, then finished off with a pair of classic rubbers. The frame was cleaned of it’s tags, rear pegs, indicators and brake sensor brackets.

Fresh fabrication included the following: A custom rear loop with an integrated LED strip, a Cognito Moto head unit with the Motogadet mini and replicated with a billet aluminium lower clamp, Tarozzi classic clip ons, a one off lamp bracket, hand fabricated rear cowl and seat unit, wringing tray, 3 polished engine brackets.

This was finished off with billet aluminium rear set brackets to hold the quality Tarozzi race rear sets.

The Rolling Chassis

The Rolling Chassis

The Rolling Chassis



Frame powders coated in pearlessence silver, the tank wet painted in Porsche silver along with the lamp cover. A fresh set of chrome Honda badges and a new chrome fuel cap finished the tank off superbly!

Off to The Painters



The engine installed with it’s new custom made alternator cover showing off their Spitfire Speed Shop logo lazer cut in and polished. Chrome brake and clutch levers, a chrome throttle with new neatly cut to size silver cables. A new, bright, silver chain and sprockets, drum brake assembled with new shoes and springs finished with a polished plate, new front disc and bolts with a single polished refurbed caliber.




They took a twenty first century wiring look to a 40 year old bike and the results were epic. A key less entry, full Motogadet loom with a Motogadet m-unit at the heart, this is powered by an anti gravity battery and controlled by 6 stainless steel push buttons.

The ignition is powered by 2 dyno tec ignition coils, matching leads and an upgraded ignition point.



This considered of a fantastic 4 into 2 polished stainless steel exhaust with a floating bracket. Created by hand in a small shed, plenty of man hours and sweat. This really is a true piece of engineering. A hand stitched leather seat finished off the back end, and our attention to detail is shown when they fitted 9mm bullet cases to blank off the wing mirror holes and if you look carefully you will see more.

Electrics & Ignition

Final Phase



After 9 months they were finally ready to sit back and look at what the S.S.S had created. A bike built not bought!

Always a nervous part in any bike build… Will she start?

And yes she did. They just left her to tick over, warming up slowly before taking her through every gear. The sound was epic, the performance was smooth, handling like a true caferacer.

The first Spitfire Speed Shop bike was born – 001.

The Big Moment




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