Honda CB400SS

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Honda CB400SS

The Honda CB400SS retro-classic motorcycle model appeared in October 2001 (model series 2002) and replaced Honda CL 400. In fact, these are almost identical motorcycles, differing from each other only in the dashboard (the Honda CB400SS has a tachometer), the presence of versions with an electric starter (Honda CB400SS-E, in Honda CL 400 - only kick) and some cosmetic elements ... For this reason, the Honda CL 400 is often referred to as the Honda CB400SS, although these are different generations of motorcycles and different models in terms of Honda's lineup. Despite the similarity of the names Honda CB400SS and Honda CB400 Super Four, the two bikes have nothing to do with each other.

The Honda CB400SS was based on a 1-cylinder air-cooled 397 cc engine producing 29 hp. power and 31 Nm of torque. This engine was also installed on Honda XR400, but had several key differences on the CB400SS:

  • Compression ratio. Was reduced from 9.3 to 8.8: 1.
  • Carburetor. Unlike the XR, which had a gate-type carburetor (PD36), the CB400SS was equipped with a vacuum (VE).
  • Valves. The CB400SS had a smaller exhaust valve diameter.
  • Decompressor. The CB400SS did not have a decompressor.
  • Ecology. The CB400SS was equipped with a secondary air supply and exhaust afterburning system.

The main modifications of the Honda CB400SS:

  • Honda CB400SS - kick starter version. It was produced in the period 2002-2003.
  • Honda CB400SS-E - version with electric starter (kick starter also remained). Replaced the last modification in the 2004 model year.

Key features of the Honda CB400SS include a steel semi-duplex frame, conventional suspension in the form of a telescopic fork and double shock absorber, 5-speed gearbox, chain drive, large spoked wheels 19 'and 18', as well as a rear drum brake (front disc) ... Unlike CL 400, the Honda CB400SS has an 11L fuel tank (instead of 12L).

The main competitors of the Honda CB400SS in the class:


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Specifications Honda CB400SS:

ModelHonda CB400SS
Motorcycle typeretro classic
Release year2002-2008
Framesteel semi-duplex
Engine type1-cylinder, 4-stroke
Working volume397 cm³
Bore / stroke85.0mm x 70.0mm
Compression ratio8.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderOHC, 4 valves
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 1x Keihin VE
Ignition typeCDI
Maximum power29 hp (21 kW) at 7000 rpm
Maximum torque31 Nm (3.2 kg * m) at 5500 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size100 / 90-19 M / C (57S)
Rear tire size110 / 90-18 M / C (61S)
Front brakes1 disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakesdrum
Front suspensiontelescopic fork (no adjustment)
Rear suspensionpendulum, with double shock-absorber
Length2145 mm
Width780 mm
Height1125 mm
Wheelbase1405 mm
Saddle height790 mm
Minimum ground clearance160 mm
Maximum speed162 km / h
Fuel tank capacity11.0 l
Motorcycle weight (curb)153 kg - Honda CB400SS

159 kg - Honda CB400SS-E

Fuel consumption

The officially declared fuel consumption for the Honda CB400SS is 2.77 liters per 100 km (at a constant speed of 60 km / h, with a passenger). The actual value depends on the riding style.