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CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:26:56 AM »
Bet this from 1977  spawned a million more articles like it in modern mags  ;)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/069q5hylqvzo3cv/CB400F%201977%20MCN%20Buyers%20Guide.pdf?dl=0
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 01:29:57 PM »
Great find!
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 02:52:40 PM »
That should be at the top of anyone's restoration list! Good work :)

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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 11:18:34 PM »
Even I learnt some new things from that! ;D

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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2019, 12:53:26 AM »
Even I learnt some new things from that! ;D

Me too!  For example, how not to spell "acreage"...  ;)
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 10:07:35 AM »
Great , now I can stop worrying  about some or all the rattles coming from my engine . Thanks for
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 10:23:01 AM »
Good find, thanks for posting Ash.
After reading the article I've just worked out how much a 400/4 would cost today taking into account the inflation costs using the Bank of England inflation calculator. The model was introduced in March 1975 @£650, in todays money it would cost a staggering £5,356.23!  This price indicates a fully restored 400/4 @£5k as a bargain considering the paintwork, chrome etc would (hopefully) be to a higher standard than the original although Honda finish was always a strong point.
A modern day Honda CB500X retails for £6,069.
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Offline Davelu88

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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 12:25:36 PM »
Very good read , im off to check my engine as my numbers start at 102xxx ;D ;D

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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2019, 12:55:33 PM »
Does anybody know the engine number when the cylinder length studs were changed? The article states the change took place after chassis number 1057307, this is grreat IF the engine and chassis remain as-built by the factory but I know my engine is not the original! My engine number is 1015494, chassis number 1088426, do I therefore have a potentially leaky engine (although I have fully rebuilt it but I didn't measure or change the studs)?
1976 Honda 400/4
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1981 Honda CB250RSA
1977 Rickman Honda CR750
1999 Honda VFR 800FX
1955 750 Dresda Triton
1978 Moto Morini 350 Sport
1982 Laverda 120 Jota
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2019, 01:21:58 PM »
I think it was only a few that leaked i remember the Kawasaki KZ400 had exactly the same problem with short studs before they put longer ones in . ;D
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2019, 10:14:23 PM »
It appears they have made a mistake, last page shows a pic of the suppressor caps, the article states that only number 3 has been changed, the pic shows cylinders 3 and 4 and they don't share the same coil as stated in the article, if they'd said they should have also changed number 2 cylinder they'd have been correct but that's not what the pic is showing.
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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 08:41:54 AM »
Great article , reading the bit about the Oil Pump leak from the switch .Well I have a leak from the bottom Big Bold And was wondering if it could be just an Oring needing replacement ? Any thought folks !

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Re: CB400F Buyers Guide from Oct 1977 in MCM
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2019, 08:43:23 AM »
Opps .Big Bolt !