In the early 80s, Honda donated a few motorcycles to schools all across the country. The most valuable finds nowadays are the occasional CBX or two that appear with no miles after sitting in a school storage room for decades, but Honda provided some twins and four-cylinder models, too. One example of the former is this CM400, which stands out with an automatic transmission. For more on the CM, check out this “Classic Motorcycle Profile” on Ultimate Motorcycling.
This example (VIN: JH2NC0203BM208032) was acquired by the seller in 2009 – he notes that Honda donated it specifically for a “small engine class”, but the class never happened. The bike then sat for years in a heated storage room along with 3 other bikes that Honda donated. Oops. The seller won all four bikes in the auction, and since then he’s started the CM400, put it on the center stand, and had it go through all the gears. It’s not perfect – the running lights don’t work, there’s a small hole in the seat, and there’s a few scuffs from storage. But if you’re one of the very few people that’s been craving a low mile Hondamatic, it’ll be tough to find a better starting point than this.
Find this low-mile Hondamatic for sale near Alcona Township, Michigan for $2,000 here on Craigslist.
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