We caught up with this sweet little Honda CB400F at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast show, and had to take a second look at the Light Ruby Red beauty.
Honda followed up the brilliant CB750 four of 1969, with the 1971 CB500 four, and finally the tiny and exquisite 1972 CB350 four. In 1975, the sportier CB400F was created, with a slight tweaking of the CB350 motor, and a restyling that included lower handlebars, and a classic “loaf of bread” tank shape. Many in the American market thought this bike to be a bit small, but wonderfully engineered, and smooth as an electric motor; in Europe and Asia it was an instant hit.
Read more about the Honda CB400F on Wikipedia.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles including British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American makes, all on display. Manufacturers represented include Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, well worn bikes daily riders, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. Also on display were vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and right outside the hangar was a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
If you are building a custom based on a CB400F, or restoring one to stock, you’ll want to pick up the Clymer 1971-1978 Honda 350-550cc four manual.