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Honda CM400

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The Honda CM series was a street bike precursor to the Honda Nighthawk series of motorcycles. It had a 400cc parallel twin engine that was air cooled. Features included electric start.

The Honda CM series all generally resembled the older-style flat-seat bikes like the Triumph Bonneville, with the exception of a slightly raised passenger area seat and small plastic fairings for the battery and airbox. A "standard" motorcycle, it includes a center mounted shifter and rear brake, as well as mechanical front and rear drum brakes. Completing the spartan appearance, the CM400 series includes only a speedometer and three indicator lights (neutral, oil pressure, high beam). While not particularly powerful, the CM400 takes its style from the old Cafe Racers, and its handling from more docile starter bikes.


1979 CM400T

1979 Honda CM400T


The CM400T'79 was sold in 1979 in one of two colors: Candy Presto Red or Candy Holly Green. The pinstripes were orange and red. The speedometer had a 100 mph (160 kph) limit. The "CM400T" side cover decal was white and red. The engine was a 395cc OHC 3-valve parallel twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began NC01-2000001.

1980

CM400E

1980 Honda CM400E
1980 Honda CM400E in Black


The CM400E'80 was sold in 1980 in just one color: Black. However, the pinstripes were orange and red and the "HONDA" tank emblem was white. The "CM400E" side cover decal what white and orange. The bike had wire spoke wheels and a mechanically operated drum front brake. The only instrument was a speedometer (i.e., no tachometer). The turn signal housings were black. The engine was a 395cc OHC 3-valve parallel twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began NC01-4000009.

CM400T

1980 Honda CM400T
1980 Honda CM400T in Maroon
1980 Honda CM400T in Maroon
1980 Honda CM400T in Maroon
1980 Honda CM400T in Maroon
1980 Honda CM400T in Candy Presto Red
1980 Honda CM400T in Candy Presto Red
1980 Honda CM400T in Candy Presto Red
1980 Honda CM400T in Candy Presto Red
1980 Honda CM400T in Candy Presto Red


The CM400T'80 was sold in 1980 in one of two colors: Candy Presto Red or Candy Holly Green. The red bike had bright red pinstripes while the green bike had both dark and light green pinstripes. The CM400T speedometer had a 100 mph (160 km) limit, but the automatic version(CM400A)speedo only goes do 80mph (130 kmh). CM400T (Touring) and CM400A (automatic) have alloy wheels and front disk brakes as opposed to CM400E (economy) which has steel wire wheels and front drum brake. The "CM400T" side cover decal was white and red. It is the most powerful version of CM400. Fuel capacity is limited to 9.50 litres (2.51 gallons)including the reserve. The engine was a 395cc OHC, dual carburator, 3-valve parallel twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began NC01- 2000001.

1981

CM400C

1981 Honda CM400C


The CM400C-81 Custom was sold in 1981 in two available colors: Candy Muse Red with Metallic Brown or Cosmo Black Metallic with Metallic Blue. The gas tank and side covers were two-toned. The pinstripes were gold. The comstar wheels were highlighted black. The brakes featured dual piston front calipers. The engine was a 395cc OHC 3-valve parallel twin with dual carburetors. The transmission was a 5-speed. The serial number began JH2NC012*BM000001.


1981 Honda Motorcycle Full-Line Brochure

CM400E

1981 Honda CM400E
1981 Honda CM400E in Black
1981 Honda CM400E in Black
1981 Honda CM400E in Black


The CM400E'81 was sold in 1981 in one color: Black. The pinstripes were gold and red while the "HONDA" emblem was gold. The "CM400" side cover decal was also gold. The bike had wire spoke wheels and a mechanically operated drum front brake. The only instrument was a speedometer (i.e., no tachometer). A chrome base was added to the instruments. The turn signal housings were chrome. The engine was a 395cc OHC 3-valve parallel twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began JH2NC011*BM1000001.

CM400T

1981 Honda CM400T


The CM400T'81 was sold in 1981 in one of two color schemes: Candy Bourgogne Red with Metallic Bronze or Candy Sword Blue with Metallic Light Blue. The gas tank and side covers were two-toned. The "HONDA" and "CM400T" emblems were gold. The pinstripes were also gold. The speedometer now had a 85 mph (135 km) limit. The engine was a 395cc OHC 3-valve parallel twin linked to a 5-speed transmission. The serial number began JH2NC010*BM2000001.

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