Featured Honda 400/4

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  1. johne

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    I think many of us (of a certain age) either owned one or had a mate who had one back in the 70's and 80's. I had a red F1, my first 4 cylinder bike. I went all over on it. I recall I overtightened the oil drain plug cracking the alloy sump after an oil change, but fortunately the engineering workshop I was an apprentice at the time had some very good MIG welders who sorted the offending crack out for me. I sold the 400 after owning it for a couple of years and after trying a couple of 550/4's which I really liked but couldn't afford at the time I bought a second hand 750/4. My wife then bought herself a 400/4 in the early 80's as they were great bikes for smaller riders.
     
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  2. crispey

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    learnt a bit about mechanics on mine!

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  4. crispey

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    1970's
     
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  5. beerkat

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    Glad to see you were making use of that most essential of all tools for precision maintenance, the wood-handled hammer laying in the road (probably nicked from your dad's toolbox..mine was).
     
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  6. Pegscraper

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  7. Pedro1340

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    Now I need patience :-( IMG-20220120-WA0004.jpg
     
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  8. Tigcraft

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  10. Tigcraft

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    The Honda 400/4 was the first road bike I went on the back of in 1976 as a twelve year old. The lad who rode it attempted to show me my first magic ton in a short stretch of road except he was short at 95mph as the road wasn’t long enough. It was Ingleby road Bradford.
    At that time I muscled my way in to work at the ‘Motorist Discount center’ group of shops as a snotty nose helper. At the same time a nearby motorcycle shop called ‘Brook listers’ loaned this one particular branch shop a bright yellow unregistered Honda 400/4 which I’d sit on and dream! The manager there at MDC was also the original the lad who too me out on his own 4/4!!
     
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  11. Gozzo

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    I learnt to ride on one of those 400/4’s the memories, very nice looking bike mate
     
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  12. Gozzo

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    I learnt to ride on one of those 400/4’s the memories, very nice looking bike mate
     
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  13. Pedro1340

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    And so it begins,

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  15. PatW

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    I don't know about handling and performance unmatched, I rode a few and I'd take my RD400 every time though they were good looking bikes +1 for Morini IMG-20141225-WA0004.jpg
     
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  16. Pedro1340

    Pedro1340 Senior Member

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    I loved my rd350s and 400s, great bikes.
     
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  17. Pedro1340

    Pedro1340 Senior Member

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    6 months lay up, some fresh fuel, battery charged and started 1st kick, even started on the electric start, love it,

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  18. PatW

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    Electric start..new fangled nonsense :joy:
     
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  19. Pedro1340

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    Handy if it conks out and your struggling with a left-sided kick-start though,, very embarrassing lol
     
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  20. PatW

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    My right leg has been fucked since 1978 so left side kick start is bloody handy.
     
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