1977 400/4 F2
A lovely classic to ride, has a few 'issues' and a couple of cosmetic areas that could be improved. But it still gets many admiring glances and interest at various local 'biker' establishments (Ace Cafe, Box Hill etc)
Update, July 2007
A large box of stainless steel nuts, bolts and allen bolts came my way, so the bike has had pretty much every 'standard' sized fastener swapped to a stainless replacement.
I bought another 400/4 to use as a donor for parts. So far I've only swapped over minor parts, but I intend to use the bottom end of the engine - The donor has had a major rebuild merely a 1000 miles ago. All the extraneous parts will be cleaned up a bit then shipped out on E-bay :)
|I'm stripping the donor bike right now, so I'm making good use of the bike before the engine gets swapped over. Basically, the problems as it stands are :- annoying oil leak from the head gasket, noisy timing chain and worst of all - it will jump out of 2nd gear if ridden with 'gusto' and will 'roll out' of 2nd, back into neutral on the over-run, if putting along in traffic.|
delving into the bikes history, I managed to bump into one of its former
owners the other night. I met her at a local Honda
Owners Club meeting... Jude, a very nice lady :) I found out a
fair bit of info about the bike in its earlier 'life' from her and other
club members who have used/borrowed the bike in the past... apart from
the Yellow tank and sidepanels, she said the bike was 'looking good'.
Reality is, the tank and panels are the best condition out of the parts
I have, and Yellow is one of the standard colours the bike came in.
Generally I'm not too keen on Owners Clubs as "modifications" are sometimes frowned upon by the 'anoraks'. But I have to say, they were an amenable bunch and I may well make it a regular haunt.
|Renovating the switchgear was fun! 30 years of corrosion, manky grease, minute ball bearings, springs and fiddly contacts... But it was worth the effort and a shiny repaint!|