Linger longer on Honda
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