Honda CB400F Review from United Kingdom

1977 Honda CB400F

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Tiger


Fantastic, very reliable, economical and fun


Genuine Honda coils don't last very well, but are easily replaced by reliable Boyer equivalents.

Electronic ignition is a bonus, especially after pattern points snapped.

Head gaskets tend to go after a while, but it's still possible to enjoy the track at Knockhill with a blown head gasket!

Seats tend to break after about 30,000 miles.

Gear changes occasionally need replaced due to the multi linkage breaking with high mileage and continual use.

General Comments:

Very reliable, I've covered well over 100,000 miles on challenging roads in Scotland, Ireland, Europe, etc with few problems.

Returns 60mpg regardless of how fast I run it. Currently I'm doing an 80 mile daily commute on a mixture of country lanes and city streets.

Superdream wheels and brakes with good-ridge hoses improve braking.

Only drawback is attitude of a lot of guys who think of it as only a womans bike; their problem, not mine. Wonder how many of their bikes will still be going in 30 years?

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2006

29th Oct 2006, 16:12

I love the CB400. Keep it mate, their opinion is their problem, as you say, not yours. I have a few mates that think little of the CB400 and I often correct them. I would like to own one and would be proud to do so.

I would love to get hold of an old CB400F.

24th Feb 2007, 11:33

Two years ago I piked up a beat-up 75 cb400 for fifty bucks. I rode it hard and often.

By winter it was time for a rebuild. It was remarkably easy to work on (however parts are not easy to find in the US). I added some performance upgrades (mild grind cam, as well as some intake and exhaust work). This little bike is now a head turner.

I get a lot of guff for it being a woman's bike, and many question it's power. I'm over six feet tall and 225 lbs, and still this bike remains very competitive. It is a joy to ride, nimble, and FAST! I have yet to be beaten by any Harley. Why on earth did Honda stop making them?

14th Jul 2008, 13:28

It's so good to hear such comments about a CB400. I hope you are able to keep that thing running for many more years! Most folks I speak to here in the U.S. have no idea what great bikes these are. I sold my 1978 CB400T2 Hawk in 1994 because I did not have time to do some major maintenance that kept it off the road - and I was moving to a new home and did not need the extra expense of moving the bike. Every day I wish I could have kept it.

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review