Chasing a 400 Four

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by The Older Gentleman, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. Right, I am off now on the hunt, going to see a 400 Four, 15.5k, one
    owner from 1976, allegedly all original and immaculate, and he's asking
    ukp900 ono.

    I want to get it for 750.....

    I'll let you know how I got on, later.
    The Older Gentleman, Aug 23, 2003
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  2. Bought it.

    He hadn't *quite* had it from new. It was a year old when he became the
    second owner.

    It's the rare early model with the pillion pegs on the swinging arm.
    Blue. 100% original, right down to the (unobtainable) tool tray and lid,
    and toolkit inside. Only thing missing AFAICT is the little chrome
    lifting handle for getting on the centre stand - I surmised it had once
    worn a rack (which means removing said handle), and at some stage the
    rack was removed and by then the handle had gone AWOL. I was right,

    15500 miles from new, and the engine is beautiful. A very small dent in
    the tank - size of a thumbnail. A tiny scuff on the headlight rim. At
    some stage it's had a low-speed drop.

    Original handbook and service book supplied with it.

    Seat cover has the usual splits, but the base is A-OK. Replacement
    (pattern as OE) silencer on the genuine Honda four-into-one pipe. All
    chrome in bloody goord order, and the mudguards are sound. Amazing.

    Even more amazing, it's been garaged so long that the rev counter red
    band is still red. Normally they fade.

    Year's tax and ticket on it. It needs a good clean and polish, plush a
    service - carb balance, the usual.

    Overall, it's in similar nick to that CB550 I had recently.

    So.... well, I couldn't get him quite down to 750 quid. we shook hands
    on 780, and he threw in a box of new and useful spares - brakes, points,
    twistgrip, cables, that sort of thing.

    It's a grand's worth, easy....... Cheaper to anyone on ukrmc, of

    Yrs truly, A Smug Bugger.
    The Older Gentleman, Aug 23, 2003
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    Jeremy, Aug 23, 2003
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