A Reader’s Ride: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport
For Sale: 1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport
From warm and sunny San Diego, CA comes this fantastic survivor: a 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport. CSBFS and RSBFS follower Ryck pinged us about having to put his pride and joy up for sale – and we thought that this is exactly the kind of bike that CSBFS readers would love to see.
The Honda CB400F is a classic sport bike icon. Largely regarded as a technical tour de force, the original 400F was introduced in 1975 and ran through 1977. From a marketing perspective, the little 400F made little sense; bigger bikes were all the rage, and Honda’s own CB750 and CB550 Four models were displacing the British invasion. In reality, Honda was flexing some serious motorcycle muscles with the little Super Sport, proving to the world that it had the manufacturing capability to bring such wonders to life.
The most visual element of the CB400F was the swooping four-into-one exhaust system as seen in this photo. Together with the rest of the cafe-racer inspired styling, the impressive four cylinder, four-stroke engine, a six-speed transmission and a front disc brake, the 400F both looked good and performed well.
From the seller:
You are bidding on a un-restored museum quality example. All stock from the paint down to the original Bridgestone Super Speed tires. The chrome has some minor pitting and spokes have some surface rust and the left side engine covers have some cosmetic damage where fuel leaked at one time. The only thing that is not stock is the muffler and the headlight brackets and I do have the stock headlight bracket/turn signal assembly and the rear turn signals-from 36 years of storage/moving around one of the rear turn signal brackets is bent slightly and the front ones just look goofy so I left them off. I rebuilt the carbs with oem Honda gaskets, adjusted the points, timing and valves this summer. The engine runs perfect- all they way up to the red line- well not quite red line I took it up to 9k and I only did that one time myself just to test the engine and let me tell you it just makes the most glorious sound from that 4 into one exhaust!!! Clear title and it is currently registered and insured-I ride it at least once a week around the neighborhood and take it to the local bike nights and it always draws a crowd. The gas tank and side panels are original paint and have not been retouched in any way there is one very slight dent on the top of the gas tank – you have to really look to see it- I couldn’t even get a picture to come out good enough to see the dent. The handlebar switches are original and still have bright red markings and every thing works as it did from the factory, there is only some slight fading on the master cylinder body and the paint is coming off the front caliper. It comes with the tool kit,owners manual and it still has the tool box cover. This is a once in a lifetime buy and there is no reserve.
There were two different generations of 400F, with only minor variations. Today’s featured bike is a Gen I model. Color choices were Red or Blue for Gen I machines, and Red or Yellow for Gen II bikes, with different font and lettering styles on the tank and side panels. Both generations are considered collectables, and prices have been creeping up from the basement into reasonable levels as of late. With low mileage and in clean, presentable condition, this bike is definitely one to consider.
A desireable model in true “survivor” condition with low miles – that is a CSBFS find. The fact that this bike is located in “no rust” California is just icing on the bike collection cake. Check out the no reserve auction here. Good luck, and don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on CSBFS!