Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Peter Henshaw's years of real ownership experience; learn how to spot a bad Honda four quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
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.
This Essential Buyer's Guide is packed with good advice from running costs, paperwork, vital statistics, valuation and the Honda community, right through to whether your Honda four will fit in your garage and indeed, with your lifestyle? This is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the Honda four of your dreams.
About the author
Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age – from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was the editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole range of transport magazines including MSL, TAG, A to B and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph. He has also written over 30 books, including ten about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.