Two bikes represent Honda’s most important contribution to road motorcycle development – the CB400F and CB750. The latter was the first affordable four-cylinder bike, setting new standards of performance, reliability and comfort. The former became a classic in its own right, a small lightweight four that was many riders’ first bike.
The 400 and 750 were part of an entire range of Honda SOHC fours, including the 350, 500, 550 and 650. From the 500,000 or more that were built, many of these bikes have survived, and they have an enthusiastic following in both the USA and Europe. In the UK, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, for example, was formed over 25 years ago, underlining the enduring interest in these older Japanese machines.
There are several books that detail the history of the Honda fours, their technical specification and background, but none that look at how to buy one secondhand. This book delves into what these bikes are like to live with, the values and advantages/disadvantages of different models, plus, of course, what to look for when buying one – engine, transmission, frame, brakes, suspension, paint, chrome and so on.
Models covered: Honda CB750, CB750K, CB500, CB350, CB400F, CB550, CB550F, CB550K, CB750F, CB750A, CB650
• No-nonsense, straightforward guide to buying a Honda SOHC four
• The reality of living with a Honda
• Relative value of each model
• Detailed, step-by-step guide – points to look for
• Spares prices
• Auction guide
• Facts & figures
• Restore, or pay more to start with?
• Problems that arise from lack of use
• Useful contacts – clubs, parts suppliers, restorers