1980 Honda CM400 Custom
Nothing... it rock and rolls... fires right up... scares all the neighbors... a great mid size bike...
Starts first time... responsive... for a 150 lb dude.. this is the bike for me..
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th February, 2011
16th May 2014, 18:15
I am a 4'8" 67 year old woman, who's been riding almost 40 years, including Short Track, Motocross, & TT Scrambles Racing.
Due to a 360 neck fusion, from C3-T2, I was ordered off of motorcycles in 2009.
With a compromise, my Neurosurgeon reluctantly agreed to a trike.
I now have a 1977 customized, 1000cc Gold Wing.
However, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it's beginning to hurt my clutch hand, so I double clutch, to avoid using the clutch all the time.
My husband found a 1981 Honda CM 400 Automatic, but the words: "a great beginners' bike", aren't what I wanted to hear.
I'd LOVE a response, from someone, as to exactly how they feel, going from a larger, to a smaller bike (my Husband would switch over the trike kit).
Honesty, please! This, to me, is my status symbol, of all I've done on bikes, and my fighting through Brain Surgery, Spinal Fusions (L3-S1 & C3-T2), and now Scleroderma, with the RA. I'm still riding, and I'm darned proud of it!
It does matter to me, that people are amazed, and proud, of my accomplishments.
Frankly, I plan on riding, until they pry my hands off of the handle bars.
Thank you! Maggie.
16th Jun 2014, 01:03
Due to not having a left hand, I have a 1980 Honda CM400A Hondamatic. If you are looking to ride, it will accomplish that for you; it is reliable, trouble free, and inexpensive to operate. Some parts are getting tough to find though.
There are other options out there. I also ride a 2008 Yamaha FJR1300AE. It has a clutch that is controlled by a computer. When you shift, the computer actuates the clutch for you.
There are also other options; Honda put the Hondamatic in the 750 in the 1970's, Aprillia makes the Mana 850 that uses paddle shifters or a foot shifter with no clutch, Honda currently makes the CTX and NC700X that use no clutch and can either be ridden as an auto, or shifted with paddle shifters, Ridley (American made) has a bike with a CVT transmission like a snowmobile or ATV would have. There are others from the 70's and 80's by Honda, Suzuki, and Moto-Guzzi.
I hope this helps.