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Honda CB-1

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Motorcycle Honda CB-1

Raise hand if you’ve heard of the CB-1. If you haven’t, you’re not If you have, you must really motorcycles.

The CB-1, sold in the world as the CB400F and NC27, was a … bike built and to the US for only two years, 1989 and

As far as I know, the only color was blue, and the only difference the two model years was the color of the decal, black in 1989 and red in With 399ccs of inline beauty, cranking out 55bhp for a 400lb bike, it wasn’t the thing to ever grace two but it was enough to get you where you needed to go. with a redline at nearly you had a good time doing it.

Unfortunately, whether due to poor or simple lack of interest, the did not sell well, and it was only for two years before being from Honda’s lineup.

My motorcycle was a 1990 CB-1 from a friend whose became pregnant shortly buying it as a starter bike. It was a bike to learn on, and it went everywhere. I affectionately named it (with one ‘T’, as six characters was for personalized Florida plates at the and it was a hit with the old timers at various and gatherings in the Southeast.

Never intended as a long-distance Lindsay’s CB-1 took her all the East Coast.

I recall one gentleman at the Georgia Mountain in 2003 who told me he had bought and over fifty motorcycles in his but that the one he most regretted was his CB-1. I took that to and vowed never to get rid of mine.

in my late teens and very 20s, I didn’t possess the forward thinking to realize I shouldn’t trash the thing, Mutley saw every sandy road in the Ocala National and every mile of fire in the mountains of North Georgia.

At the time, my primary motorcycle was the Adventure Rider forum, so I where those guys As it turns out, the CB-1 is not a sport. With a proper on the throttle and a light touch on the it handled water crossings and gravel without a hitch, but it ate more than its share of

Mutley spent more horizontal than a two dollar


Honda CB-1
Honda CB-1

In the twisties, however, the was a natural. Even as a tourer, it surprisingly well. Riding extreme west Tennessee and Bay became routine, and it even me to New York City on a whim I decided I’d rather ride than go to my math class in (I don’t recommend this to wishing to finish college in any and reasonable time frame.)

Tens of thousands of miles on a of surfaces, as well as a significant outside of Newmarket, Ontario, their toll on ol’ Mutley. to my vow, I’ve not sold the Mutley now sits parked in the far of our garage next to a 1989 that my husband found and a few years ago.

Neither is running, and it’s a sad, sad I’ll likely never the bike, but, with a schedule of kids and commuting on a motorcycle that actually runs, it has been relegated to day, I’ll fix that status.

Today, CB-1s in good, condition are a rarity, and they’ve somewhat of a cult following. have been modded streetfighters, and few still retain stock blue tanks, and tail piece.

Original are incredibly difficult to come by, and it can months of eBay stalking to someone parting one out or selling off OEM pieces. It’s unfortunate the bike never caught on in the US apparently, anywhere else).

As a standard all-arounder, it was incredibly and economical. For sheer grin the CB-1 is hard to beat. If you upon the chance to take one for a or even to own one, seize it.

for God’s sake, don’t out on any single track.

Honda CB-1
Honda CB-1
Honda CB-1


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