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    Newbie from Greece

    Hello all.

    I bought this Honda CB400N in August. It was completed about two years ago, sold, and I bought it from the second owner since the build. It was used daily by the previous owner.



    I do not intend to use it as a daily, but just as a bike to use in the city and maybe the odd short coastal or mountain ride.
    The plan is to improve the bike and enjoy riding it. I intend to fit the stock airbox and get it running smoothly,fit some instruments, rear fender, suberbike bars, Hagon shocks, go through the braking system, new tyres and then improve the aesthetics a bit.

    I live and work in downtown Athens, Greece and have been riding, customizing and restoring old Vespa scooters for the past 10 years.





    My main hobby is classic cars. My first car was a 1978 Mini 1000, I bought 22 years ago. 3 engines and 2 gearboxes later it is still running, but as a trackday car.
    I have restored a few Minis and have been tinkering and restoring all sorts of things, from antique furniture to pedal cars.

    Since I bought my garage, an old machine shop, I suddently got loads of space to indulge in my hobby. It now houses a car lift,5 classic cars, 27 vespas and loads of other stuff.





    http://s63.photobucket.com/user/reym...ml?sort=3&o=41

    I also own two japanese mini bikes undergoing restoration. A Honda Dax ST-50 and a Suzuki GSXR/GAG-50.






    I have a small problem managing my time and distributing it to all my projests, especially since my son was born 2,5 years ago. Sadly I have been outsourcing various jobs, just to see them progress.
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    Since the warm welcome I got from my introductory post in August, O replies, I decided to modify my original post. Pictures always help.

    I have been reading most posts since then and it has been very entertaining and informative.
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    Welcome, your shop looks fantastic!!!

    i have to ask, since you have good taste in other things, why waste your time on a cb400 twin (otherwise known as the Toyota Corolla of motorcycles)?
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    I am fully aware of the Superdream's reputation. I am not planning on becoming a biker, using it daily or touring the world with it. I am a car guy and here are very few bikes I would actually like to own( I have a soft spot for Super Motards and minibikes).

    I have a customizing itch that needs scratching and was looking for a relatively cheap small bike 250-400 cc, with good parts availability, that could be made reliable and ride OK.
    Safety is important so tyres, shocks and brakes will be upgraded or renewed.
    Any styling touches will be purely for my own satisfaction and will not make the bike less safe.
    I understand that it is not the cafe racer style of doing things and I do not have many things in common with hardcore bikers, but I am learnig loads by hanging out in this forum.

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    Tell me more about that 7 and the DS
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    The lightest (430 kg) and the heaviest (1300kg).

    1962 Lotus Super Seven S2, with Cosworth 109E engine. Fully restored to original spec, drums all round and briliant fun. Imported 7 years ago from the UK.





    The Citroen is 1968 ID21F 7 seater I bought as a barely running car, currently undergoing a very thorough restoration by a DS specialist.



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    How is it like to own a DS?
    Are they really any worse then say a jaguar V12?
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    the 7 and the mini would be my choice! nice stuff dude!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbum View Post

    looking for a relatively cheap small bike 250-400 cc, with good parts availability, that could be made reliable and ride OK
    I believe the bike you are looking for is the 1975-1978 CB400F because compared to other british bikes or euro bikes it is relativley cheap, and has a great aftermarket. I don't feel like the cb400/250 Twin superdream has all that great an aftermarket, plus nobody races them. Also the 400F is just a way better bike and actually has collectibility.


    Tell me more about your GSXR 50 project - that looks awesome.
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    basically tell us about everything, but NOTHING about that 400.
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