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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Honda CB400 Super Four, like most 400cc grey imports, is a junior, Japan-only derivative of a larger model, in this case the CB1000 ‘Big One’. As such it’s a chunky, good-looking, well-equipped roadster that’s both novice-friendly, reasonably versatile and sporty, too. Expect usual grey import foibles (secondhand, sometimes difficult parts/servicing availability); don’t expect giant slaying performance. Cute, likeable and fun, though…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CB400 Super Four has a straightforward but decent inline four-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid cooled 400cc engine which is very smooth and responsive at low throttle applications. However, at full throttle it feels a little restricted the engine and its potential for more performance is obvious. Later versions are fuel-injected. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB400 Super Four is a brisk, lightweight bike that is easy to throw in and out of corners. Handling is generally excellent, it’s a doddle to ride and it pulls up well, too, thanks to the twin 285 mm floating discs with 4-piston Nissin calipers in the front and the 235 mm disc with a single piston Nissin caliper at the rear.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB400 Super Four boasts both typical Honda quality and the best part of a decade of refinement (on later models at least) so it stands out among grey 400s as being both decently-equipped and classy: the classic, chrome-finish dials and gauges, for example, are precise and easy to read. Later models have ABS. Compare and buy parts for the CB400 in the MCN Shop.

Honda CB400 Super Four (1992-current)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,690 (1997) - £1,800 (1997)
Private used prices
£1,520 (1997) - £1,620 (1997)
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Engine size 399 cc
Power 52 bhp
Top speed 115 mph
Insurance group 8 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Again, the CB400 Super Four boasts typical Honda quality, refinement and a long production run which has ironed out all ailments, so no quality or reliability issues worth mentioning. On the other hand, many UK examples may have had a hard life in the hands of novice riders, so watch out for damage/abuse/neglect.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The CB400 Super Four has been a continued sales success for Honda in Japan and with good reason: it’s a great all-round bike and, although not as cheap as some, is decent value, too. From a UK buying point of view, that is queered slightly as the bike is only available used, as a grey import, so supply is limited and condition variable. But on the whole, a good value buy. Find a Honda CB400 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 8 of 17

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Model History

1992 - CB 400 Super Four (Project Big-1) NC31 launched in Japan
1997 - 2nd generation, fuel injected and face-lifted NC36 version launched in Japan.
1999 - updated CB400 Super Four / Super Bol D'Or NC39 launched in Japan
2007 - updated CB 400 Super Four / Super Bol D'or NC42 launched.

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Specifications

Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Weight 168 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 8 of 17
Engine size 399 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled 16v DOHC transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shocks, preload adjust
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs, four piston calipers
Rear brake 240mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 140/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(5 reviews)

  • CB400 NC36

    dsimmo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I brought a 1998 CB400 Four 50th Anniversary Edition about 18 months ago. I use it for social riding, keep off motorways and only use for for A&B roads. It's a great bike, comfortable, good road holding, smooth engine, economical. The twin front and single rear discs work great. I will ask Honda UK at the London bike show why they won't bring it over here as I am sure they will sell plenty of them.

    15 January 2014

  • cb400sf version s

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have had a cb400 for 10 years. I have the version s which I think is the best. It has a 17" front wheel Brembo calipers, showa rear shocks, for some reason it seems a touch roomier than the standard super four. The later Vtech is too complicated service wise. These bikes should have been imported to the uk officially as they are brilliant commuters or first big bike. They are really forgiving and quite capable, long term you may get tired with the weak or revvy nature of the motor. The motor is very tough and will take a severe hammering. Motorway riding can be stressing as the engine is constantly above 7,000 rpm at 70 to 80mph. Fuel consumption is great at regular speeds and if I use motorways I cruise at 60ish. The handling and ride is great. Build quality is fantastic. Mine has a few upgrades but ideally I would like to put a cbr600 motor in it. If you are wondering whether to buy 1 or not then yes the CB500 is a good alternative but the cb400 is smoother and better built.

    06 August 2013

  • CB400SF BIG 1

    SadPanda1993

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This bike is perfect for being restricted! i was looking for bikes to comply with my license for ages but i kept coming back to the honda. first off a 44 is ideal because you dont have to restrict it much to begin with. i have riden it without the restrictor and there isnt much difference expect on motorways. the bike its self is very stable and perfect for flicking over and pulling of cracking cornering. the equipment is fairly basic but nothing is missing. would reccomend a MPH converter to avoid confusion though. never had a problem with reliability. bit fussy in the cold but with the choke on the handlebars it makes life easier. never let me down yet. the engine and exhuast sound amazing and sounds like a much bigger bike. overall i am finding this to be the perfect bike for getting about during my restriction period. cheap, reliable and will put a huge silly grin on your face.

    02 December 2012

  • CB400SF BIG 1

    wippet1967

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've got a grey import 1993 which is terrific. Simple, cheap and is a great 'B' road bike. Motorways are easy, but without fairing the normal buffering by the wind makes it as tiring as another non-faired bike. Starts reliably and does everything on the tin. Its not an international tourer, but it didn't cost a faction of the price, but provides the same fun. I choose the routes for the most fun. I wonderful bike.

    19 March 2012

  • CB400SF

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I had a 95 model that was a grey import, quite a long time ago now and quite a few bikes later I honestly think this was the best bike I have ever owned. Ok it was not all that fast but it was fast enough for fun but also suitable to ride all day without being at all uncomfortable. Lack of fairing amounted to the usual windy ride but I didn't mind it then and I still don't. The economy was unbelievable for a 4 cylinder revy machine and the engine was so smooth it really was a nice ride, so much so that I know my Father used to sneak out on a sunny sunday afternoon occasionally, he still doesn't know that I know that!! The build quality and finish was far better than any Honda's built in europe and other parts of the world and I still think that it is the same now, if you see a late Grey import they are far superior in quality of finish. When I bought it it was more expensive than alot of bikes available at the time bit it was worth every penny. I never had any problems getting any parts the insurance was cheep even though at the time I was still a young lad. My brother was so impressed that he got one aswell, although his was a bit newer and it was the SF version R, so his bike got a bolt on can, with a different front pipe which gave more ground clearence at the cost of no center stand, a black painted engine, lower gearing so that it had quicker acceleration and slightly rear set pegs with a bikini nose fairing. I am not sure but I think I read once that they made a SF version S aswell which was also a bit sporty with the normal round headlight. To my knowledge you can still get this bike new in Japan, Australia and New Zealand although now it has a Vtec engine and ABS is an option. If I had enough money now I would get a brand new CB400SF Vtec imported to keep for sunny days to enjoy a truly brilliant bike, a proper Honda. On a different note if you fancy a short tour of Brittany by bike then check out www.longwayroundbrittany.co.uk

    16 May 2010

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motomvk

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Brilliant

i currently have one of these as my first bike, its been brilliant, obviously i have nothing to compare it to other than the odd ride on my friends bikes but i love my super four, its good for everything a first rider needs (from my experience) and although it needs a lot of encouragement when riding with bigger bikes it can play with the average 600 riders on the twisty's

11 January 2012 15:13

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