Age-old 400 heads into its third decade looking better than ever
HONDA today revealed a limited-edition version of its ancient-but-still-cool CB400 Super Four, but only for the Japanese market.
Just 500 of the Special Edition bikes will be made in both naked and faired “Bol D'Or” forms, going on sale in Japan next month. Despite the fact the CB400 hasn't seen a major model change since its introduction in 1992, with just occasional tweaks seeing it transform from the original NC31 form to the current NC42, it's looking better than ever.
A red frame helps transform it's style, adding an element of aggression that's missing on the stock machine.
Given the trend towards smaller, but still classy, bikes in Europe – witness the CBR250R and the rampant success of the Kawasaki Ninja 250R – you might have thought it would make sense to sell the CB400 over here, too, but at the moment it's remaining a Japan-only model, with a hefty £5800 list price for the naked version and £6300 for the Bol D'Or.
Posted: 28/01/2011 at 11:18
I think CB400 is a fantastic motorcycle. It is rather small, but is nimble, just enough powerful and quick (means fun!) and also easy on fuel, maintenance and insurance.
Very good for beginners and returnees, but experienced bikers would also find it enjoyable.
I really don't understand why Japanese manufacturers (or others) don't put this kind of small/medium bikes on other markets (US, Europe). These bikes are available only in Japan and some other Asian countries, and just few of them in Australia/NZ... while the rest of us are being ignored. Why? C'mon Honda!
Posted: 28/01/2011 at 11:29
Posted: 28/01/2011 at 11:34
Posted: 28/01/2011 at 12:13
looks incredible! It would fill a much-needed gap in the market I think! I'm sure it would be popular with a range of riders.
Think you may be missing a great opportunity for "just passed" riders Honda!
Posted: 29/01/2011 at 18:15
Looks great, I'm still on an ageing ZZR400 after passing my test 18 months ago....
Sometime fancy getting something bigger, but a) do I really need it, and b) Could I make use of the extra poke???
Quite happy with my 400, although £5800 is a tad steep don't ya think!
oh, and another reason I've not got a bigger bike, I'm skint! haha
Posted: 02/02/2011 at 10:05
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