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I'm trying over here....but nobody ever seems to mention this guy. Am I barking up the wrong tree or what?
 

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Gerry,
The 400t is an ok place to start however, that thing had very un-cafe(decaf?) paint, tank and seat. If ever a bike was crying out for paint it was that era of small Honda. You might want to look for a tank from an older CB450, 500T, or CX500. They all were way better. Other than that I hated the exhaust on those things with that stupid box under the motor. As I recall, the frame looks kinda stupid without the side covers so you will need to do something there too. All in all it won't be a bolt on kind of project but you will end up with something different than a CB350 or CB750.
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I'm trying over here....but nobody ever seems to mention this guy. Am I barking up the wrong tree or what?
I'm not sure I understand this statement or who "this guy" is.

As far as cb400t how about a year and amybe a stock photo so we know what the heck you are talking about.It also helps to talk in coherent sentences.

I assume you are talking about the hawk (not the later single sided swingarm 650 hawk). Personally anything you can do with these bikes is a godsend as they seem to be everywhere in stock form where I live. Also people can't seem to give them away. I have turned down perfectly running hawks for $300 just because i have no interest in them whatsoever. that being said they are probably one of the last standard design motorcycles honda made before the nighthawk took over as the Honda UJM. If you can do something cool with it that will be a far sight better than what they do now which is litter every motorcycle shop on Long island. maybe if you do something cool other people will and then people will actually want this lump.

cafe bars, rearsets, do something cool with the seat, and paint the damn thing and it should be a fun project on the cheap.

but please don't pay more than $400 for the damn thing and only that if it runs really well.
 

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Hey guys, just saw this and thought it might be of interest to someone here.

Ok,
Here it is:

I need $400 to fix my truck & pay some bills fast...
and I can't haul building supplies on my 360!

So... I'll reluctantly trade my current transportation for $400 & Almost ANY project/ older 2 wheeler with 1 cylinder. Scooter/moped/bike/ whatever. Just something to work on/rebuild so I don't go nuts without my bike!

If I don't catch a trade in a few days .. it's off to eBay.

Here's the bike:
http://www.straytechnologies.com/auction/360.html

The bike's in Hudson,NY. Ride it anywhere, I'll even ride it for you!
Here's some of the upgrades/mods done in the last year or two...
Tapered roller bearings- & replaced top tree
55/60watt quartz halogen headlamp and LED superbright signals all around
low rise foam-filled handlebars w/ foam grips
newly recovered seat
520 Sprocket Specialist rear aluminum sprockets (slightly higher gearing)
SR500 regulator and rebuilt charging system with LED V-meter.
more...

clear NY title / current NY registration & Just inspected!

-William




If tomorrow really is the first day of the rest of my life....does that mean all the shit I do today can't be held against me?
 

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My bad.

"This guy" was referring to the Honda CB400T, about whom I can find little to no cafe-able resources.

I should have posted a photo, sorry, butthis is what I'm referring to...



I put on a set of clubmans, and a little fairing to distract from the god-awful instrument cluster...

Next is the exhaust replacement...and from the sounds of things...a new tank is in order.

There just seems to be an abundance of information regarding cb's in the 350 360 and 750 designations...and I was wondering if I was working on a giant waste of time.

As far as coherent sentences....I'll try, but no promises.



Edited by - gerrykramer on Jul 28 2006 11:20:22 PM
 

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My bad.

"This guy" was referring to the Honda CB400T, about whom I can find little to no cafe-able resources.

I should have posted a photo, sorry, butthis is what I'm referring to...



I put on a set of clubmans, and a little fairing to distract from the god-awful instrument cluster...

Next is the exhaust replacement...and from the sounds of things...a new tank is in order.

There just seems to be an abundance of information regarding cb's in the 350 360 and 750 designations...and I was wondering if I was working on a giant waste of time.

As far as coherent sentences....I'll try, but no promises.



Edited by - gerrykramer on Jul 28 2006 11:20:22 PM
No worries, just keep in mind when asking for advice more information is your friend, the more you provide the more people have a handle on what you need/want to do.

Does your bike have that tail section? I haven't seen many stateside hawks with it. Most of them look like this:



Don't feel discouraged, there are tons of bike for which there is literally no aftermarket.

if you are going to change the tank you might as well do the seat at the same time so that everything lines up. If you go to a longer tank you are probably going to have to cut down your existing seat. YOu also might look at a unversial cafe seat, 1hotwing sells a nice one on ebay that the cb750 people use, it will probably work on your bike as well.

Good Luck.
 

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I hope they make good cafes, I'm building one up right now.



Clubmans, MAC 2-1 exhaust and a new headlight bracket in the pic so far. Wrapped the down pipes today. Next on the list is cutting up another tank to make a rear cowl and ditch all that stuff hanging off the back of the bike. Then new turn signals, and some spacers under the gauges to lower them down a bit.
 

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Nice bike. I like Hondas...hawks and CB's are cool. Just enjoy yourself....like Slapguts' 400, which is very cool, you can make your 400 a cool bike. Start with Club Man bars, the cheapest way to be aerodynamic....it is not just looks, at full speed, by using a low stance, you cut into the wind, a must!.
A better exhaust...a 2 into one , much less complicated to build on a 2 cylinder bike.
The seat, budget wise, you can take off the seat cover and reshape your seat, making it lower at the area where you seat, like Corbin seats for CBF bikes...or if you have more bucks, get a fiber glass tail and seat....it is all good. Personally, I have seen stock seats reshaped and look really cool. The advantage of reshaping your stock seat, is that you will have that needed passenger seat for that cool girl you want to give a ride...<img src=icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>

You can also make rearsets for your footpegs / brake pedal / gear selector...not dificult...but that is later on.

Good paint will help....I like black wheels, makes the wheels look masive.....

Just have fun, I believe any motorcylce, even if some consider it a dog, can become a Dire Wolf.
I can say that if I see a CB400 around me, I will buy it and make it a cool cafe.

Nice bike Slapguts<img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>...GerryCramer...a 400 is a cool bike...let your imagination fly and enjoy building it up.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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http://cardomain.com/id/jaimesix
 
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