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I've never been so happy like this with a purchase, Japanese built, like a Samurai sword.
This is my second bike, stepping up from a 125cc. Despite already having a full license, I bought this one, brand new. It was either this or a slightly used Ducati, I'm glad I went with the CB400. It just looks better and more masculine, especially the black color scheme with the new 10-spoke rims. The power delivery is linear and refined. The super bike-style construction, inline 4 VTEC engine is as smooth as silk. No vibrations! I love revving this machine. It feels as if it will never break. Absolutely solid! Zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds! That ...is Porsche Carrera territory. After the break in period, I replaced the all-too-Japanese-polite stock exhaust with a screaming, Spanish-made IXIL exhaust (street legal with baffle). Now the CB400's sounding roar has been unleashed.It's cornering characteristics are very inspiring. I could get the peg feelers scrape the pavement with confidence and sharpened like pencils. But it won't lean more than 45 degrees due to physical limitations (pegs, suspension sag and tyres). All in all, this bike is something I could pass on to my grandchildren.
The only bike you will (realistically) ever need!
I like many people that will review this bike recently got my motorcycle licence... 3 months into it however it was time to get my own bike and having spent 12 months drooling over the prospect of a new Triumph Street Triple 660 I put on my savvy pants and found (at 162km's on the odometer) a practically new 2010 CB400 at a brilliant price (around half that of a brand new one). The day I rode it out of the showroom was my first time on a road bike since doing my course and I had an hours ride home... Needless to say despite having my heart set ...on the Trumper this bike did not and never will disappoint and I have fallen in love with it and riding in general... The power delivery is smooth even when the VTEC kicks in (yo) at around 6300rpm depending on the throttle position, the suspension is firmish but responsive which for me is what i'm used to in a vehicle and it makes me feel a little more secure, the brakes even without the ABS like modern examples have, work effectively... After riding that trip home which was both my longest trip at the time and also the first time out of my local area I jumped off without any sort of pain or cramping... It is fantastically comfortable and the seating position is relatively upright which is good for learners like myself... Of course it was a while before the engine was properly worn in and just before I had I purchased an IXIL slip on muffler which is and essential for anyone looking to further tidy up the look of an already tidy looking bike... With this you finally get the full sound of that angry 4 cylinder at max revs which is utterly glorious... With no baffles it's like riding a flame spitting box of rice bubbles with all snap, crackles and pops you could ever want.... I have had my CB400 for 3 months now and already i'm deliberating wether this is going to be a lifer for me because although I have every intention of buying an R1 in the future, the Honda CB400 is really the only motorbike you could ever need, learner or not... :)
The mighty CB400 - Looks amazing, sounds even better, and will treat a new rider very well
I bought a new 2014 plated CB400 around a month ago. I was hesitant at biting the bullet with this bike due to the price tag. After going back and forth between the CB500 and Yamaha’s MT-07 I took the plunge and laid out (the rather large) investment for my first bike. The CB400 had won.
The thing that really strikes you with this bike is the build quality; it’s easily the best built bike in the LAMS class, with arguably the MT-07 a close second. It is clear Honda built the bike without reservation of the end cost; as opposed to the CB500 ...which I feel they had a dollar amount in mind before production. The CB400’s performance is adequate and lends itself perfectly to a new rider or even a commuter. VTEC is satisfying and offers thrills and exhilaration when in this area of the rev range. The bike corners well, it feels very well balanced which inspires confidence when turning in. As far as negatives there are few, one being the inherent design of a naked bike and freeway riding. It is pretty windy and lighter riders may find themselves getting blown around their lane from passing trucks and some cars. Nothing unmanageable though. The other issue is the gearing; 110km/h in 6th gear puts you at the cusp of VTEC, 7000rpm. Now this doesn't sound like an issue but it does get somewhat tiring on longer trips. Otherwise the bike is geared well. Now for the sound, wow! I’ve heard the CB400 being referred to as the “screaming banshee” and with an aftermarket exhaust on I now know why. This thing sounds amazing! Sure the idle is still pretty quiet and you may find yourself longing for the lumpy grumble of a V-twin or L-Twin, but once you hit VTEC all those feelings will melt away (depending what your into of course). Proper super bike sound..yum!
Best all rounder!!
Bought 2006 model, which is Carb VTEC spec3, but it doesn't bother me at all. bike handles very lightly, easy to manouver. I rode most types of road with my CB400. including city, suburban street, speed humps, freeway. Bike is fast enough for suburban street, always fastest on take off from traffic light even though I'm not trying to be. Bike is just light and fast, but big enough/ sturdy. Really feel the tyre size of 120/60 front and160/60 rear. When VTEC kick in which is about 6500rpm it get really loud and I can feel that bike is pulling ri...der! Braking is very good and strong enough. Even though its cost extra $$ than other similar capacity bike its worth it. A lot of after market parts are available on cheaper price than other bike such as Ducati, or Trumph. Also CB400 is made in Japan. CB400 is best selling naked bike in Japan, so they must be doing something right!! If you dont believe me, go test ride one, you will NOT waste your time.
Best Lams Bike without Question
I bought my 2011 CB400 in August 2013 with 400km on the clock, and have done over 6000km in the 4 months since then.
I absolutely love the bike and am happy that I went for it, despite the extra price tag.
It comes much better equipped than its 250 and 300cc competition (e.g. 250CBR or 300Ninja) and is faster than both.
Other bikes I have ridden include the 500CBR and 659 Ducati Monster, and not even the much more expensive Monster was a match for the CB400. Like someone else has noted already, they have a bit of torque but no drama ab...out them at all. What I mean is that on the CB400 you feel like you're on a race bike that just wants you to go hard. The Ducati on the other hand is docile throughout the rev-range, and the CBR500 is downright boring. While the Monster is somewhat heavier, I think the CB400 still feels very planted through corners and isn't easily upset but passing trucks or unexpected gusts of wind. The 250CBR on the other hand gets thrown around like a bicycle and the 500CBR isnt really much better in that regard.
An amazing motorcycle - worth the extra $
This is a fun, good looking and serious machine that is worth paying a few extra thousand for. I tried several bikes in the LAMS category and they all came up short - the 250-300 range of sports bikes are too light and under-powered, while the 500 and 700 twins are torque but don't howl. Most of the learner bikes have no-frills brakes and suspension but the gear on the CB400 is top of the range. After I rode one I could see why they charge a bit more. Given they are such a reliable bike you could happily take one second-hand, as I did, and save...a few thousand dollars. Great around the city and on the road. Mine is fitted with a Blue Flame carbon fibre exhaust. When the hyper vtec kicks in at 6500 RPM it really screams. Reliable, fast, great handling, a real motorcycle
One of the best
I bought this bike last year after careful research and I'm glad that the hype lived up to and has exceeded my expectations. Main factors for me were the fuel injected engine, power, safety from the combined ABS and the handling. I was very impressed - especially since I'd just come from riding a V-twin carburetor fed cruiser!
In standard form, it's quiet, refined and very smooth, even at cold idle. I wanted a louder exhaust and I put on a Yoshimura R77 and now it sounds awesome. When the VTEC comes on, the bike gets about 3 times louder and...screams it out. Very sweet :) I found I ride it constantly on the VTEC border now so that any flick of my wrist and I'm into VTEC. Most of my riding is city, and I normally average about 220km, and 13L, giving me 16.9km/L. From day rides out I've done, I'm pretty confident I can get close to Canberra from Sydney on a single tank but I won't be able to test that out until maybe January. About the only thing really I'd say that prospective buyers should be aware about is the VTEC inspection service which is a major service. I have heard that it runs into the four figure range but that's a problem for future me. Pricey; clunky gears
A big small bike, or a small big bike?
Cheers to Honda for bringing this little beauty to Australia.
I moved here without a motorcycle class on my license, so I had to start out on my Ls and Ps in my mid thirties. I had ridden trail bikes in the past so I reckoned that the 400 would be easy enough to handle around town, and also be good fun for fanging it a bit in the back roads.
I'm happy to say I was right!
This bike has a sort of dual-personality owing to the V-TEC motor. It can be as docile and well-mannered as you like around town, but if you feel like putting the spurs to i...
Great all rounder
Even though I am my full license I opted for the CB400 (2011 model) & a great choice, added a windscreen which was bought online for $80, what a difference it makes. Daily grind & weekend/holiday touring it does it all however you wont be taking a passenger due to the power but...who wants one!
Fuel range, cost/s, ease of use for City traffic.
Buffering without windscreen, luggage options can be difficult to find.
best beginner bike ever
This bike is so relaible its unbelievable and keep its own against a couple of bigger bikes with ease , this 400cc engine is so free revving its crazy and with aftermarket exhaust on its sounds of the symphony I am very happy and think I am going to keep her for a long long time.
I own a 2008 Honda CB400 version R and just love it to bits
engine,rear end fat tyre
hate the old front round light and soft suspension
Really good LAMS bike.
Brought the bike for my wife who is a first timer so went the ABS for safety. She feels confident on it. I have ridden a lot but haven't had a bike for a while. It is great to ride, nimble and has good power for engine size although you have to wring it's neck a bit. Likes the fuel above 110KPH but not a real problem. Gearbox is a bit notchy but easy to live with. I recently did 2000k's on it in four days and found it great. I have brought a Triumph because the CB is small for me but will jump on it every now and then for a spin.
Handles well. Good power for it's size. Comfortable riding position. All round good unit. Nothing spectacular but everything really good.
Bit expensive. No centre stand. Little thirsty.
Fun, Fun, Fun!
Purchased a new 2012 model with ABS to be used jointly with my daughter who is still on her L's.
Fabulous bike which inspires confidence and is very easy to ride. Have fitted oggy nobs to protest engine in case of a fall - highly recommended for any new rider.
Only other bike that matches in this category is the Ducati Monster 659, but is more expensive to purchase, maintain and insure. Both equally as much fun to ride.
Sensational engine, top quality finish, easy to ride
Gearbox a little notchy but will probably improve with more k's.
Really good bike
I have found it to be an excellent Bike. Mine is an import (no vtec, no fuel injection) but neither of these have bothered me.
Still has plenty of performance and handles well.
The rear indicator cover shook off with vibrations and I have noticed another CB400 missing it's indicator cover.
Not a big deal though I was able to easily get part at a very good price from overseas.
Oil changes are easy done at home, and mechanics are happy to work on them so I dont know why some people are afraid of imports?
It is a tad on the thirsty side. Also I have noticed the keys for the new ones are made out of rubbish quality steel and bend way too easily.
Finding nuetral can be finnicky at times, but you get used to it.
Great all rounder
Brought my Honda CB400 ABS second hand (10 month old and 6,000k's)the smoothest bike I have ever ridden, now have 51,300k's up and I can't fault it, I got 30,100k's out of the front Metzeler and 22,300k's the rear one. Average fuel us is 24klm/L a little less if you hammer it.
I am surprise that it's learner legal I wouldn't put a beginner on one only because the power above 6,700 rev's is awesome and not for the inexperienced rider.
handling, braking, perforance.
I love this bike, albiet it is my first bike. I whizz around the mountain road fine along with my mates on a bigger bikes, currently the only thing slowing me down is my riding ability. The looks, in my opinion, fantastic. The build is top knotch and beautiful finishing. The engine is powerful enough that you will not get over it after a few month, yet not too powerful that will get a learner rider accidently going out of control. But don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of power to get you killed. Also has, to an extent, a touring capab...ility. It is a pretty bike, and it has a nice fat rear tyre that belies a beginner's bike. The engine is powerful and smooth, the clutch is light, the gear ratio is good and if I feel a bit on a sportier ride through corners, i just keep the revs above 8000 rpm and it really response to the throttle changes. On longer rides it is quite comfortable with the more upright sitting position. Suits shorter rider like me (i'm 172 cm and i can put both my feet flat on the ground). Twin disc front brakes and single disc rear provides remarkable braking power. Solid build The pricetag is very high and you can get a bigger capacity bike for the money. The front suspension is a bit soft even with preloading. Crusing at 100 kmph in sixth gear still puts you over the 6500 rpm which use a bit more fuel that i thought a 399cc would use.
I bought this bike for commuting duties but I seem to use it for just about everything but touring. My Blackbird is getting a rest in the shed, though she is looking a little jealous lately! Fantastic in the traffic, this little bike is also tremendous fun in the hills and also handles creditably on gravel roads (I'm comparing with the Blackbird here, I guess!). Ridden at open road speeds you're up around 6000rpm or so and the fuel consumption is a bit disappointing, though personally this is not an issue.
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