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Old 10-05-2005, 01:41 AM   #1
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Honda CB400SS

Looking around the web at Honda stuff; this looks real interesting. Reminds me of the new Triumph Scrambler and Bonnevilles.

Personally, I like it! If it would only come to the US.

First photo is from 2003 Tokyo show, second is on Honda Japan's website introducing the new 2005 Honda CB400SS.






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Old 10-05-2005, 05:47 AM   #2
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H'mmmm, looks suspiciously like my current project bike, a 1973 Honda CB350F.


That's a 4 cylinder version of what you've shown there. I also had a 1968 Honda CB350, which was not different, other than paint scheme, then what is shown there. Bought it new back in 1968 while stationed over in Japan.

There was also a CL350 being sold at the time - a Scrambler variant. About the only difference was that the exhaust was a lot higher.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:06 AM   #3
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Hmm. Looks like Honda is building the good stuff for their own country, and sending the junk to the U.S. Those actually look like motorcycles.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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Hmm. Looks like Honda is building the good stuff for their own country, and sending the junk to the U.S. Those actually look like motorcycles.
maybe they they just went with the bigger will better!! you do have the CB1100, and you know the US will pick the 1100 over a tiny little 400.. NOT YOU, NOR me, but a bigger audience will.

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Old 04-15-2014, 12:10 PM   #5
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Hmm. Looks like Honda is building the good stuff for their own country, and sending the junk to the U.S. Those actually look like motorcycles.
"Good stuff?"
Would you, or anyone you know, buy one of those bikes if AHM did import them to the US?
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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"Good stuff?"
Would you, or anyone you know, buy one of those bikes if AHM did import them to the US?
Well that question will be answered with 2015 Yamaha SR400 sales or not.
http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/spo.../691/home.aspx
This bike sure looks like Honda's version of the SR.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:40 PM   #7
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Well that question will be answered with 2015 Yamaha SR400 sales or not.
http://www.yamahamotorsports.com/spo.../691/home.aspx
This bike sure looks like Honda's version of the SR.]
I don't think so - apples and oranges - a smooth twin with E-start (I think I see the starter on the front of the engine) and I'd bet at least 10 more HP, would be FAR MORE interesting to me than the SR400 - and I've owned three SR500's.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:07 PM   #8
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I think the cb400ss is/was a thumper.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:55 PM   #9
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2014 CB400ss

After Google check found that this bike is still made in japan.
Is a single at 397cc's, has fuel injection, and both kick and
electric start. Can you order one from japan via internet site
and pick it up at the local bike shop???
Seems that the SR400 is its competition in japan.
Think ford vs. Chevy.
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if price was around the same I would go for the Honda and not the yamaha only because the electric start, call me leasy but I have no experience with a kick start so a button looks a lot better than the kick option, it's like electric windows vs manual windows in cars, both have advantages and disadvantages.

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Old Yesterday, 01:56 PM   #11
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CB400ss on youtube

Typed CB400ss into the search bar on you tube and got back
a bunch of vids. Upshot is the bike has the starter motor on
top of the transmission , with mounting bolts on the right hand
side in some vids and no starter in others. Can the starter be
removed to suit the owner??
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if price was around the same I would go for the Honda and not the yamaha only because the electric start, call me leasy but I have no experience with a kick start so a button looks a lot better than the kick option, it's like electric windows vs manual windows in cars, both have advantages and disadvantages.

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Leasy or lazy, I agree. There was a time (long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away) I thought electric starters were just extra weight. Now I've grown rather fond of the little fellows.
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I like the looks of the cb400ss better then the sr400, but would want to know about the weight and suspension on the Honda.

That electric start likely adds 20 pounds....
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Spec Sheet

After digging around for awhile I found that the bike in question has
a spec sheet at the site in this pic. (Bike z.com) . The 2003 Specs Are the
only ones I can find in English. The Honda world wide site lists the bike
as 2003 to present, also this side view shows the external starter on
the transmission.
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Y'all do realize that the original post in this thread is from 2005? If it ain't here by now, it ain't coming. You'll have to make do with the Yamaha.
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