Honda CM400 Custom Reviews

1980 Honda CM400 Custom from United States of America

Model year1980
Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Previous motorcycleHonda CB250N




Nothing... it rock and rolls... fires right up... scares all the neighbors... a great mid size bike...

General Comments:

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

1981 Honda CM400 Custom from United States of America

Model year1981
Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12990 miles
Most recent distance14500 miles
Previous motorcycleBaja Motorsports X250


Great older bike!


The headlight (high and low beam) / high beam indicator burnt out (at separate times). The head light had to be ordered from the dealer, because there was no generic part number.

It also leaks a little oil (not noticeably affecting the level). It seems that the oil spill is behind the engine/tranny.

Clutch seems to slip a little on hill when giving suddenly more throttle, for example when I go up a hill at 40mph, then give it throttle, the tachometer goes up, but the speed stays the same. But this is normal wear, and will probably be found on any bike over a period of usage.

General Comments:

This bike is good for most street riding. It has enough power for the highway, but still gets from 50-60+ mpg, depending on how I ride it.

The only things that have gone wrong with it, I would consider normal for the age.

One cool thing about this bike, is in 5th gear, the tachometer and speedometer match; for example, at 30mph, the rpm is 3,000, and at 60mph, 6,000rpm.

I have had this bike for several months, and have not had any big problems with it.

I have had a lot of people come up and tell me that they used to own a bike like this, and they say it is "indestructible".

This bike is almost 30 years old, but looks only 10. It rides like it is brand new. I would recommend anyone who can't afford a brand new bike, to get a bike like this one, or one as old, as long as they can find parts.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2010

4th May 2011, 19:58

Had my '81 CM400E for 17 years, no major service issues. Have had 2 Harleys in that time, but keep the CM400 around, just because it just keeps going!!!

Average review marks: 9.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews