Reader Submission: 1975 Honda CB400F for Sale

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This little Honda CB400F comes from one of our faithful fans: Gilbert in LA.  His bike looks to be pretty stock and in great, unrestored condition.  It even includes the original tool kit!

Honda built their little 408cc superbike for just three years, starting in 1975.  Normally, a bike of such diminutive displacement would be powered by a thumping single or a vibey little twin, but overachieving Honda gave its CB400F four whole cylinders as indicated by the wonderful 4-into-1 headers.

1975 Honda CB400F R Side Low LA

The bike’s sophisticated specification and complexity made it heavy so it was no road-burner, but its relatively-rare-for-the-period 6-speed gearbox allowed it to at least stay in the hunt, and road racers took advantage of its durable construction to wring competitive power out of it for the track.

As is so often the case with cult-bikes, the machine did not sell especially well initially: if speed was what you wanted, you could get it cheaper, lighter, and wilder from the two-strokes available at the time.   But the Honda’s mechanical sophistication, high build-quality, and relative rarity make it desirable today.

The original ad on Craiglist says it concisely: Honda CB400F For Sale

This is Honda’s cafe-racer single-overhead cam four-stroke 400-cc four-cylinder, built from 1975 to 1977. Six-speed transmission (single front disc brake, drum rear brake, cable-operated clutch, Also that famous four-into-one pipe. Chrome & Paint are in good condition, while still showing the correct period patina, Comes with Original Honda Motors Tool Kit! Comes with maintenance records. Bike looks and runs great! Not to many 400Fs for sale (just look on Ebay) Bike Also comes with spare Original Handle Bars. Currently Registered up to next January under my name & and Clean Title on Hand!

1975 Honda CB400F Tool Kit LA1975 Honda CB400F Tank Detail LA

Honda’s littlest sportbike is a great entry into classic ownership: prices are reasonable, many have been well-maintained, parts are available, and they’re rare enough that they seem to be holding their value.  Best of all, it’s a real-world machine that shouldn’t leave you stranded and can keep up with modern traffic.

This one’s being offered for premium money, but looks to be in great shape.  Just head to sunny Southern California with your denim jacket, vintage half-helmet, and a pocket full of crisp bills in your pocket: instant hipster biker cred!

-tad

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1 Response

  1. Michael says:

    The price seems quite high, looking at the rust on a lot of the galvanized parts like spokes and kick stand spring. more like $2000, IMHO