Motorcycle insurance bargains: Honda Bros 400

Published: 05 November 2010

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Honda Bros 400.             

Insurance group: 9
Engine: 398cc v-twin
Power: 31bhp
Top speed: 94mph 
Weight: 181kg                        

Strictly speaking, the Bros 400 is heavy, underpowered and outdated. But the cheap grey imports are surprisingly nice to ride – they’re well balanced, steer well and the engine is flexible, torquey and characterful given its 33bhp output. Plus it's only group 9 to insure.   

The understressed motor pulls from low in the rev range unless you labour it in a high gear. Fuelling is classic crisp carburettor response, though power tails off higher in the rev range. Great around town, and it’ll sit happily at 80mph too.

The Bros also boasts neutral handling, strong RC30-derived brakes and plentiful ground clearance.

It’ll even take sticky tyres, though not in the correct front profile (which affects the speedo reading) – standard sized, modern crossplies are widely available and grippy enough unless you’re a lunatic or a trackday fiend. 

The Bros has a comfy, semi-upright café racer riding position but poor pillion provision. Underseat storage only accepts the standard tool kit, and the tank lasts around 90 miles before you need to flick the fuel tap to reserve.

MCN verdict

Handling

3/5

Engine

3/5

Reliability

5/5

Value

4/5

OVERALL

4/5

  

Thinking of buying a Honda Bros 400? Get motorcycle insurance quotes from lots of providers in one place with MCN Compare. 

 

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