Honda CBR400RR NC29 (1990-1991)

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1990 to 1991
Great styling, cheap cost
Get a 600, they are faster and as cheap.

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Owned for 16 yrs as a road bike for a light weight midget like me 5'-8" 13 stone returns excellent MPG and legal-(ish) performance. Strip it down put a race fairing on it and go play with(annoy) the big boys in the corners

Strengths

Perfect little rev hungry engine, gear driven cams, progressive strong power delivery once you have 6000/7000 rpm showing. Handles like a 250 in the corners and twisties with a little foot peg input. Build quality is good mine still has original body work and turns heads. Strip the body work off and stand it next to a 1992 Fireblade and they are identical in engine/frame layout. Just completed 3 tracks in the South Africa TT 2011 where it held it's head high. Time to bring these Pocket Rockets back Mr Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki and Yamaha

Weaknesses

Err....... 35 watt headlights as standard :-) 18" rear wheel for tyre selection ( although BT 090 SS did a brill job on the track in 30 degress of heat ) Lack of front fork adjustment spacers and thicker oil does help......

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Submitted by thunderstarter on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:01

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One of Honda's little gems, unlike the VFR400 NC30 or RVF400 NC35, the CBR400 NC29 was always the poorer relation, not as desirable, but actually a better bike in many ways, much easier to work on with it being an inline 4.

Strengths

Parts are still readily available for these bikes both new and used, Genuine Honda Parts are gradually disappearing, but it helps having specialist companies such as GF Racing UK who have been building road and race CBR400’s for the past 15 years. A previous review comments on 18 inch rear wheel on the NC29 being a problem, but this is incorrect, the NC23 came with an 18 inch as standard, the NC29 has a 17 inch rear as standard, which is why its a popular upgrade on the 23. Bridgestone BT090’s are the perfect choice every time.

Weaknesses

The NC29 was always more fragile than the previous NC23, which essentially had the bottom end of the then CBR600 motor and therefore bullet proof. The NC29 was a completely new motor and the gearbox can be fragile if abused. Camshafts are easily snapped by clumsy mechanics, and they are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

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