Now regarded as one of the classics of the 1970s, the Honda 400 Four first appeared in 1974. The motorcycling press described the CB400F as 'the poor boy's muscle bike', its combination of a four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine in a 250-sized package endowed it a performance better than many 500s. With a stylish 4-into-1 exhaust, six gears, and rear-set footrests, it was every boy-racer's dream and a huge commercial success. Comparing it to the opposition, Bike magazine reckoned the CB400 'represents a brilliantly engineered concept. It retains its appeal on several fronts: it's a four-stroke, and an awful lot of people are biased towards four-strokes; it's as quick as the two-strokes, yet on average road use will give considerably better fuel consumption; its handling is noticeably better than the two-strokes; and who can dispute that it's easily the best sounding 400?'
Clean, rust free, completely original, and in generally excellent condition, with under 9,000 miles recorded since new, this CB400F was owned for several years by a young lady whose motorcycling ambitions outstripped her courage, so it stayed in her garage. Other than un-seizing the front brake calliper and a polish, nothing was required to make the machine roadworthy when bought in November 2011. It has had a few short outings since then, starts 'on the button', and is much admired by motorcyclists of all ages when parked up. Kept in a heated garage as part of a private collection since purchase, the machine is offered with a V5C document.