Re: Interesting 400 Four
- From: crn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 15:07:21 +0000 (UTC)
Eiron <E1ron@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The Older Gentleman wrote:
TOG@Toil,chateau.murray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, <chateau.murray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Maybe the only difference is what is considered to look cool in the
USA rather than the UK. Is it all about a "sporty" image ?
Well, Steve has tried and failed to enlighten you, so I will have a go.
The 400F wasn't a commuter bike. It was a pure sports bike, and
originally sold as that. It was the first Honda four to handle and stop
well, and it went bloody fast for the era. A pocket superbike.
37bhp, 170kg dry, top speed of 104mph attainable only by a skinny rider,
naked and covered in dubbin, 15 second quarter mile. A real superbike!
Hmmm - Sounds to me like a victory of marketing over reality.
Looks like it is loved as a nostalgia item by those who bought the current
male fashion accessory in the mid 1970s.
OK, so it was good, but not THAT good.
I missed the 1970s, too busy in Africa.
Most of the ones I saw on the road in the 1980s were doing courier duty
around town which labelled it as a commuter bike to me.