Post Listing Update: This CB400F did not meet reserve despite 5 bids up to $4,534 on eBay in San Francisco, California.
The CB400F wasn’t as fast as its competition, but it was smoother, quieter, and more efficient. It also had some of the most beautiful production exhaust headers ever built. As you may have seen in my review of the CB650R/CBR650R, Honda thought the CB400F’s waterfall pipes were worth bringing back. But why deal with modern tributes when you can get the original?
Featuring a relatively rare-for-the-time six-speed transmission, the CB400F was styled somewhat like a cafe racer and had an engine that produced 37 horsepower. Weighing just over 400 pounds, a rider could knock off the quarter mile in about 14.1 seconds. It’s a basic, classic bike that would be just fine serving as a lovely daily rider. For more information, check out this story on Motorcyclist where they call it “the first real sportbike”.
This example (VIN: CB400F2006851) has 13,618 miles and it’s claimed to be in “remarkable unrestored condition, with the patina of a well-kept, lightly-used, and cared-for bike.” Non-original parts include the chrome engine guards, new seat cover, and a couple of parts from Charlie’s Place – specifically the electronic ignition and regulator/rectifier. The seller acquired it 2012 from the second owner. The original owner was a lady whose husband bought her the bike, but she didn’t ride it much so it got accumulated very few miles in the first 35 years of its life.
Find this 400F for sale in San Francisco, California with bidding up to $4,200 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $5,500