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post #1 of 29 Old 05-13-2008, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Vintage Nakedness

Been working on my 919's distant little cousin for almost 5 years now...

Down to electrical gremlins, paint & tires....

Wanted one of these ever since I was a junior in high school ('78) riding a Honda 400 Hawk and my buddy bought a '75 CB400F SS....I found this one for free...its got 8200 original miles on it...just sat for years in Michigan, then Connecticut.

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Not sure if this is appropriate for this forum, but she is family

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post #2 of 29 Old 05-13-2008, 07:57 PM
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That thing is sweet. Tell us about the "free" part.

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Best headers EVER!

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Thank you.

Answered an add in the Hartford Current for a "Honda 400" for $400. Surprisingly it was 1/2 mile from my house. Met the guy and saw that the bike was rough, but realized that the parts alone on a '75 CB400F SS were worth the $400, and I Also realized that he didn't know what he had . I was ready to offer him $100.

Just as I was about to speak, the guys wife stuck her head out the door and said "hey, is he gonna get that thing outta the yard?" The guy looked at me and said "if you can pick it up today, its yours".

DONE FRIGGIN DEAL!!

Took it home 30 minutes later.

When I got it home, I realized that beside the faded paint, varnished carbs, wrong muffler, (but more importantly the correct header), and the fact that he apparently tried to jump start it off of a Peterbuilt, that it was totally stock and a sweet restore project. Stripped it down to the frame, pulled the heads (pistons, valves,etc just like they were in 1975) and have been picking at it ever since.

I'm refocused on it now and want to have it registered by the end of July!!

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NICE BIKE!!! but I thought we were gonna see naked old women

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First of all, really great frikken project. Second, I see you have tape wrapped around that seat. As it just so happens, I have "i think" the same exact restored seat sitting in my garage left over from my last project. Mint condition...

Post some more pictures, be nice to see it in greater detail!

This thread should be in the classics forum!

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I was wondering where I'd seen them before:



Actually I spotted the similarity straight away when I saw the current Hornet 600.

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First of all, really great frikken project. Second, I see you have tape wrapped around that seat. As it just so happens, I have "i think" the same exact restored seat sitting in my garage left over from my last project. Mint condition...

Post some more pictures, be nice to see it in greater detail!

This thread should be in the classics forum!
You are correct on all accounts. Great project Sid.

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+1, very cool story share some more pics!!

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You ended up with one sweet deal. I had the yellow one back in 76'

Let me know if you need any technical help.

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I appreciate all your comments...I did luck out on this one!!

When its complete I plan to ride it to the previous owners house and bring he & his wife a nice bottle of wine.

I'll post more pics when I strip the body work this weekend to attack the wiring loom.

Can't wait to hear that header sing

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it's a clean machine
very clean...


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MM,

Aprreciate the offer of tech help...
Being that you're a fellow CT res, I may take you up on the offer...the electrical stuff is a bitch!

My son has a laCrosse game in Litchfield this afternoon, so I'm gonna make a ride of it with the 919...grew up in Northwestern CT and love to ride there...gonna follow the Housatonic up through the twisties in Kent through Cornwall

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You are a lucky, lucky guy ! Congrads on getting one of the few Hondas that I really like and wish to own !

It really shouldnt take alot to get it running, Ive worked on a couple of these bikes and they are pretty straight forward and really hearty - As for the electrical issue, put a new battery in it and Id almost be willing to say that will take care of your issues- unless of course you can see where the harness has been chewed on by some critter that is --

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post #16 of 29 Old 05-14-2008, 07:45 AM
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Janet, you trying to bring the folks to tears here with that pic, or what?

That is such a sweet find, Sid. Do everyone here proud by making that sweet thang shine again!

I said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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From the pics it appears the wiring should be in decent shape. You might want to get running before tearing into the restoration. This way you can insure all is good from square one. This bike has dual points (1 & 4) (2 & 3). They are easy to set then adjust the timing. Do you have a timing light?

Enjoy the ride today, the weather is magnificent. 11 am tee time!!! WhooHoo

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Awesome classic there Sid!




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Cool ride sid ! bet that thing gets great mpg too. Put that in your carryall you scooter mfgr.

And you, Janet, Get your Horniated butt over here and ride with us you crazy brit broad !

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The wiring issues are not critter related, but stored outdoors uncovered and previous owner related

He obviously tried to jump this thing off of something powerful because he melted ****!!

And off course, there were my errors...had it running for about 30 seconds after I had stripped it down to the frame, painted the frame, replaced the head gasket, cleaned and painted the engine. replaced the muffler with a new stock one and reassembled the bike...bike turned over with the help of starting fluid, then stopped...tried & tried to start again, and finally burned the old starter up. Realized later that I had minimal fuel in the tank and the petcock was not in the reserve position...moron.

On a side note: funny story about critters chewing on stored bikes. I bought a 82 CB750F SS about 12 years ago. When I went to look at the bike I was concerned about critters as the shed was open and infested...but the bike was nest/food free?!?!?? As I pulled the seat off the bike to look inside I saw that a snake had made the bike his home and keep it rodent free

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When its complete I plan to ride it to the previous owners house and bring he & his wife a nice bottle of wine.
You should give the guy some pics or maybe even take a picture of him on it for memories sake. Nice find indeed. Can't wait to see her all finished and rolling.

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Wow, what a find! That bike is a great canvas to do a resto project on. Looks awesome!

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When its complete I plan to ride it to the previous owners house and bring he & his wife a nice bottle of wine.
Just better hope he doesn't call the cops and report it stolen when he sees it



Very nice job on the resto Sid, and wow what a great find

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Sid, great project and please keep us updated. I know the NW CT roads quite well ... they've been part of my riding for years. I'm right over the line is MA (literally 300 yards). If you need any help, if I'm around ... I can assist. If you need a different ride let me know ... I may be able to help you sample other rides.

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Congrats on the bike and restore work the bike looks great!!

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Just got the 400Four carbs back...Had a guy that used to work on my dirt bikes back in the 70s rebuild them...he works outta his shed still...total cost, $60...it pays not to be in a hurry

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The person holding the carb bank is the future owner/rider of this 400Four

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Just chiming in like the others at such a cool bike.

That bike, in the right hands, is a back roads scalpel!!!!

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Just chiming in like the others at such a cool bike.

That bike, in the right hands, is a back roads scalpel!!!!
We road raced one of these 4's back in the 70's. It was quite competitive.

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They say that in the right hands that the 4 stroke 400four was the bike to give the 2 stroke RD a close run!?!?!?

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