29th Mar, 2023 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 203
 

1978 Honda CB400F2
Fitted with alloy wheels

Sold for £3,680

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: XNB 251S
Frame No: CB400F-1070661
Engine No: CB400F-E-1066502
CC:
400
MOT: Exempt

  • The later F2 version of Honda’s desirable middleweight
  • Stood for a few years so will need recommissioning
  • Fitted with alloy wheels and supplied with a V5

The Honda Motor Company was founded by Soichiro Honda in 1937, initially producing piston rings for Toyota. They made their first motorcycle in 1949 and within 10 years had become the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. They have gone on to produce over 400 million two-wheelers as well as millions of other power products. The legendary 400/4 was launched in 1975 to great acclaim and revolutionised medium capacity motorcycles giving riders 500cc performance in a small lightweight package with a café racer look, lower handlebars, rear-set foot pegs and one of its most recognisable features, a swooping four-into-one exhaust system.

This good-looking bike in Red, is the later F2 version of Honda’s classic 1970s middleweight sports bike. It has been part of a small private collection for a number of years, unfortunately not run for a few years due to ill health, the engine turns on the kickstarter, but it will need recommissioning before use. The bike has been restored at some point and is fitted with aftermarket alloy wheels, a popular modification in its day, a steering damper and clip on handlebars. It comes supplied with a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham
ian.cunningham@handh.co.uk
07415 871189

Condition Report

CATALOGUE Drafting

Succeeding the CB350F, The Honda 400F, commonly known as the Honda 400 Four, is a motorcycle produced by Honda from 1975 to 1977. It first appeared at the 1974 Cologne motorcycle show, Intermot, and was dropped from the Honda range in 1978. It had an air-cooled, transverse-mounted 408cc inline four-cylinder engine with two valves per cylinder operated by a single chain-driven overhead camshaft. Fuelling was provided by four 20 mm Keihin carburettors. For the most part, the CB400F was simply an upgraded version of the 350 model from the previous year. At the time Honda's R&D department had devoted much of its resources towards automobile models such as the Civic. This meant that motorcycle development was limited to mechanical changes. In order to develop the CB350F into the CB400F, Honda increased the bore and modified the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio. In a first for Honda, a sixth ratio was fitted to the gearbox. Instead of aping the styling of the bigger style CB750, like the 350F had, the CB400F had a more café racer look with lower handlebars, rear-set footpegs and more svelte styling. It also gained one of its most recognisable attributes, a swooping four-into-one exhaust system.

 

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Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 29th Mar, 2023

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An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands on March 29th. 

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