Linger longer on Honda

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THE longer you spend be­hind the ’bars of Honda’s CB400, the more you like it.

It’s a smart-looking, smart-mov­ing, naked bike with enough chas­sis poise to hold its own against far big­ger ma­chines. The only down­side of this LAMSap­proved bike is the $11,000 price. But that doesn’t de­tract from its good points, start­ing with the anti-skid brak­ing. It’s a $1000 op­tion and worth ev­ery cent, even if it should be stan­dard on this class of bike. Grab the an­chors, squeeze as hard as you can — much harder than you’d nor­mally dare — and the bike stops.

It goes well, too. The 399cc in-line four doesn’t have reams of torque, so mo­men­tum is the go. Pick your ter­ri­tory, though. The CB’s forte is rea­son­ably tight stuff when its light weight and bril­liant cor­ner­ing abil­ity let it fight way be­yond its divi­sion. As the straights be­tween the bends start to lengthen, so does your dis­tance to the 600cc rid­ers ahead.

The CB is a full-size ma­chine de­spite the low 770mm seat height.

That doesn’t hurt its cen­tre of grav­ity when cor­ner­ing and makes it a bril­liant ride around town. The in­stru­ment clus­ter is clear in all con­di­tions and the styling leads the class.

It also uses very lit­tle petrol, even when you’re stir­ring the pot. So there’s a lot to like about the CB400.

GOOD LOOKING: The Honda CB400 is stylish

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