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Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition

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Thanks to reliability and spunky the Honda CB400F certainly as a successful Memorable Motorcycle.

I been riding motorcycles for a time and, fortunately, I not lost any of my passion for bikes. I ridden an awful lot of good a few mediocre ones and the occasional … story but a few, special, motorcycles are truly One of these is the Honda CB400F1 simply makes me smile the memories of one of the nicest motorcycles to grace a highway.

The CB400 perfect but it is such a thoroughly motorcycle that even its enemy would find it to say a word against it.

The CB400’s dad was the brilliant, but rather dull, A story about this — allegedly built at the of Sochiro Honda, who felt a 350cc motor was the perfect for a four-cylinder road bike appeared recently in “Memorable ”.

The problem was that whilst Daddy” Honda loved the 350 paying customers didn’t. is not surprising since the 350 “4” was slower, more expensive and cost to build than its twin-cylinder the 325cc CB350 Dream.

In essence, the 350 “Four” was just too a motorcycle. It brushed its teeth morning, combed its immaculate always wore clean which were freshly and only drank one can of beer on a evening. As your accountant it have been fine.

As a to party with, it was a disaster.

answer was elegantly simple. The 350 was a fine motorcycle. It just some help to come out behind the door and reveal its potential.

Using its CB350 as a Honda bored out the four-cylinder to up to 408cc.

The first job was to take the powerplant to the gym. Incredibly for a sophisticated motor, the 350 was undersquare at x 50mm. Honda bored the new to take a 51mm piston gave a marginally over engine with a capacity of

They fitted new, valves than the 350 plus a clutch and a four-into-one siamesed system, which both torque and looked cool.

A sweet, close-ratio, six-speed meant that the motor be kept on the boil and the delightful from the long, tapering took us Grands Prix right back to the golden of Honda racing with Jim and Mike Hailwood.

The end result of re-engineering was a … proof which gave a very 37 hp @ 10,000 rpm — equivalent to 100mph with a small, rider tucked in tight on the tank. This needs into perspective. 37 hp was slightly power than a good Aermacchi or AJS 7R produced — and were still competitive in Prix four years

The chassis remained more or unchanged in terms of being and light but cosmetically the new bike was much a sportbike. The flat narrow tank and seat most of all, an engine positively demanded to be revved, all to hard riding.

Honda the Cafe Racer image the CB400 inculcated and this was good and bad in terms of sales. The suspension and high-revving engine did not the bike to American riders, and the even more so than was the critical market for Honda.

By contrast, European riders, road-racing genes running their bodies, loved the With the beautiful little unit howling between rpm and the redline at 10,000 plus, the was a true racebike for the street. through rough corners, the suspension was in its element and best of it flattered the rider — of his ability.

It may not have been the bike in its day, but the Honda did perform well and won over a rider.

Only the brakes less than ideal, but four-… engine braking this was not a problem in the real

The 400 “4” was never going to beat the quick Kawasakis of the day, but it was an more refined and sophisticated and one which won the hearts of all who rode it.

CB400s are still recognised as motorcycles and this is a problem for be owners. On one side of the coin the 400 is a produced motorcycle with no pedigree or exotic bloodline. It is, one of the nicest motorcycles ever

The end result is that it will a solid $5000 to own one of the best of these lovely little — although considerably will buy you a running, but un-restored

Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition

Post Script:

I got to know the CB 400 on a more personal level I would have preferred. My degree was as a teacher and I majored in Literature. In English schools of the kids with a leaning Fine Arts never near an engineering shop.

I had raced bikes from the time I could afford an fee and had become reasonably proficient at gas simply because in those far off bikes broke all the time and mending.

Colin Wilkinson, a time friend of mine, was a national class racer. He had a very fast Norton for years but even by his tolerant was weary of it breaking. In August Colin purchased a brand-new road bike with the of riding it in the 500cc class of the Grand Prix held the incredibly tough Isle of Man TT

How reliable was the Honda CB400? Our friend used it as a commuter and a of Man GP racer!

He arrived at my house the bike having covered 5 miles from new and asked I cut and re-profile the exhaust pipes so they tucked tight the frame and fabricate a meagphone The little Honda sat there its chrome exhausts gleaming and I to feel like the vet approaching the looking stallion which was to have its life changed.

I got the cuts right and doubly none of the welds broke the … tough two weeks of the I would never claim to be a craftsman but when it came to my work was always durable.

made a few basic modifications to the and raised the gearing slightly. mods, plus Colin’s ability, were enough to an 88-mph lap in the “Manx” and that was the frame, suspension and motor standard.

Colin used it again in the and then sponsored another who finished 8th in the Production TT. In between, the was used as a commuter bike and for riding.

10,000 miles the Honda was sold — running perfectly and, for checking the valve clearances, the motor completely untouched.

why riders loved the CB400!

to Bonhams Auctions for the loan of the in this article. Bonhams may be at or telephone (415)

Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition
Honda CB 400 Super Four Special Edition

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