The CB400f is OFFICIALLY FINISHED! I finally got the new tires on and finished tuning this puppy. She screams! I don’t even want to sell it…but that’s part of the job. So here is the finished product:
Wait how’d you get in there Jazz?!?
Now we’re almost caught up! Just one last build before we are to present day. This one is special…I’ve always wanted a CB400F (FOUR) because they apparently sound amazing, and are just all around wonderful bikes. A few months ago my good friend Jonathan let me buy a ’75 400f off him for cheap! This was my chance to revive my dream bike!!! Got it in my garage and it was a bit worse for wear…
But who cares? Look at that sweeping exhaust! That beautiful blue tank with those classic emblems! Disassembly was immediate. I had it down to the frame with in a few days.
Put the motor on my table and for the first time I tore in past the valve cover. Quite a fun experience! So here are the pistons before and after de-carbonization…it only had 15,000 miles on it! Imagine what your car’s look like…
Also replaced that pesky little cam chain…
WOW I spent probably 4 hours just digging the mud dobber nests from the heat fins…sheesh!
Painted the frame, ultrasonic cleaned the carbs and began the reassembly! Interesting note on tuning… with pods and a less restrictive exhaust, I went one size UP on mains, and one DOWN on pilots…Weird I know…but true!
What a mess…
I also took that old ducati exhaust that my girlfriend beat up on the virago 250 (see the virago 250 build below), chopped it and painted it black…Made a great addition to the CB400f!
As you can also see from this picture, I’ve started the tail piece fiberglassing, and finished polishing every inch of that motor… Also replaced the case bolts with Allen heads.
So now I’m here, with a finished project that just needs the title to come in the mail (taking forEVER) as well as some new tires…the ones mounted right now are…poor…This picture is the most recent I have, however since then it got some little touches like a matching front fender, waxed tank, and soon…new tires. This bike was my first real attempt at upholstery, I loved it and think it turned out just swell!
Close relatives living under the same house…how sweet!
I will have more CB400F pictures to come in the next few weeks.
This is pretty much what started it for me with modifying old bikes. The 1974 CB450 that I turned into my first attempt at a “café racer”. I had so much to learn…I don’t think I could even fix the charging system…This would have been around 2008 or maybe ’09.
Day I got it: (CLICK ON ANY PICTURES TO SEE THE FULL SIZE BEAUTIFULNESS)
Later that Day:
A few weeks later:
My girlfriend-at-the-time and I did the “sharpie art” to it. This was the first, but far from last sharpie endeavor. Rode the bike for a month or so and then sold it and moved on…I still miss it sometimes…