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1981 Honda CM400C-Clear Title-2nd Owner

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Old 02-26-2011   #1
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I Have A 1981 Honda Custom CM400C For Sale. It Has 19,500 Miles. Always Garage Kept. Left Piston Blown. New Front And Rear Tires. Front Brake Reservoir Needs Replacing. MPH Guage Needs Glass. Cracked headlight Plastic Shroud. Color Is Candy Muse Red. All Original Bike, Has Never Been Modified. New Chain. Both Rear Shocks Need Replacing. Seat Was Recovered Professionally In 2009. Engine Has Never Been Repaired, I Changed The Oil Every 1000 Miles. Clutch Is Still Tight. Laid Down Once By My Brother. I Drove The Bike Occasionally Until 2010 When Piston Went Out. I Will Sell This Complete Bike For $800.00 The Bike Is In Ville Platte ,Louisiana. E-Mail Me At crazycajun70586
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This is a good bike for spare parts, for someone who has a good engine. It is still possible to find parts to refurbish the top end (standard piston and rings and reusable cylinders can still be found), but it may not be worth the trouble if the engine head is not in good shape. Refurbishing the valves is expensive. 19,500 miles is not that high, so the bottom end may be good enough. Finding a working engine is always the best option in my humble opinion. New old parts and third party gaskets often fail if you attempt to refurbish such an engine.

Keep in mind that connecting rod bolts for CM400 are almost impossible to find anymore and they can't be reused. Consequently, only the top end of the engine can be repaired on this model. This is why you see so many of the CM400 being dismantled for parts on Ebay.

My 1980 CM400T runs out of a 79 engine I had on my parts bike. My 80 engine is refurbished, but the bottom gasket failed and leaked oil within a few weeks so I need to take the engine top end apart again to install a new set of gaskets: I'm very happy to have a spare engine in the meantime !
There is nothing like riding a vintage Honda MC !

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