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    1975 Honda CB400F - 97% complete

    Hey guys;

    I had posted a thread last year when I started this project. It's pretty well complete now so
    I thought I'd post a series of photos of the project from where it started in June of 2016 to today.
    Day one... paid $50.00 for this:
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    Had not run in over 18 years so the tear down begins:
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    It took a month and a half but I was able to get it to running condition with new
    tires, chain, signal and tail lights, clean the tank and carbs for hours.
    I rode it like this most of last summer.
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    Over the winter the dings and nicks were fixed and was professionally painted,
    seat upholstered and a bit of polishing to the engine covers.
    This is how it looks today:
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    I think that this is how I would have built it if I owned it in the 70"s.
    The solo seat is a fiberglass 1970's period piece that just had to stay.

    The stock bars were ok, but I am a fairly big guy and having much of my weight
    over the back end didn't feel like I had real control over the handling.
    This could be because I have ridden mountain bikes for many years and am used
    to the leaned forward position over the bars. Clamp-ons would have been too far
    forward so the mild clubman seemed to be the right way to go and they are.

    No tabs or supports were taken off this bike at all. The frame support arch
    under the seat is fully intact. No offence to the open hoop design guys out there
    but I personally feel that what I have done will make for a classic racer that will
    look great for many years to come.

    I may be dong some decals or pin striping down the road. Not yet though.
    I want to think carefully before I go over the beautiful metal flake black
    with anything.
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    Nicely done

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    Really nice.. I'm currently deciding what to do with my cb400...

    I actually liked it in the grey as well and have been thinking about grey tank and black covers for mine!

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    My CB400F racebike back in the 70's had the black fade to silver similar to the BMW R90S scheme. It looked nice.
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    Integra99... if my paint looked that good I would have left it. Black side panels would bring the eye to that nice curvy blue tank.

    Kenessex... I saw an R90S in yellow/white transition paint for sale locally last year. It had a fairing though so there was more paint to see.
    It did look nice. I am thinking for such a small bike with little paint to look at that less is more. I am leaning towards some nice hand brushed
    pin striped outlines on the tank and seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
    Integra99... if my paint looked that good I would have left it. Black side panels would bring the eye to that nice curvy blue tank.

    Kenessex... I saw an R90S in yellow/white transition paint for sale locally last year. It had a fairing though so there was more paint to see.
    It did look nice. I am thinking for such a small bike with little paint to look at that less is more. I am leaning towards some nice hand brushed
    pin striped outlines on the tank and seat.
    Hey Kevin,

    Thanks.. yes its not a bad finish just the wrong color for me.. the photo looks good actually lol!

    New seat required first and some mechanical issues sorted but I just love the 400f..

    My 8 year old loves my other bikes and thought the 400 ss sat in the corner was a bit lame, until I finally have had her running and revved it up a few times and he was a little shocked!!

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