1977 YAMAHA RD400- Project
Source: Cycle Guide of 1977
Dearly beloved, you can begin to wave good-bye to all those two-stroke roadsters we've known and loved for years. Kawasaki's KH400 triple has been laid away, and Suzuki has rung up the flower car for their two-stroke roadsters. The four-strokes have won the sales derby; more important, they have a better chance of winning the government emission tests. But before you get all teary and blow your nose, you should know that's all the bad news.
SOLD This dirty little chicken came to us by way of a moving sale of sorts. Originally from New Jersey, it somehow made its way out to our neck of the woods and was saved from a salvage yard before finding a space in our shop. It was a non runner and in pretty rough shape when we got her but she was just so damn cute we just couldn't pass her up.
This bad lil' mama jama started life out as a 1972 Honda CL450 Scrambler. We originally got her as a parts bike but figured since she only had about 1700 original miles, what the hell, lets build her up!
Stripped down to the frame and chopped off all unnecessary tabs and brackets (including the subframe) she was treated to the ol' pipe bender and welder trick. The motor got some love too. We sent to cylinders and head out to the pros over at Team Hansen Honda to get a work over, including a new valve train, 10.6:1 high compression pistons, and a bore to 498cc. She also got a new set of Mikuni carbs to fuel her fire, and a custom set of high side exhausts breathing it out.
1965 HONDA CB160- Project Another iconic bike for many Honda enthusiasts, fondly known as "Chicken Hawks" or "Baby Hawks" the CB160 Super Sport models were nimble, light, and within the reach of many new enthusiasts who were moving up from Cubs or Benlys to the world of 'real' motorcycles. When the 160 series were released they were labled both CB93 and CB96 as well as CB125 and CB160! Honda further confused observers by marking the whole series without the 'C' designator on the frame and engine numbers. CB160's were 'B160', while the CL and CA types were also similarly marked 'L160' and 'A160'.
Another bike saved from the trash heap.... even if it is a scooter. This little two-strokin' ground pounder is sure to turn some heads. This bike was brought in by a pretty little lady who just wanted something cool to cruise around town on. The request from the customer was "get it running right and make her look pretty". After a much needed refinish and a lot of tinkering, we think we gave her exactly what she wanted.
The Honda motorcycle corp. of Japan released the Honda Express (NC50) to the North American market in 1977. This new bike was designed to enter the large market for scooters that developed following the 1973 oil crisis. As such it came with a fuel-efficient single-cylinder two-stroke engine. It was also designed to be simple to operate, as many owners would be inexperienced with or
intimidated by larger, more complex motorcycles. Honda accomplished this by using a fully automatic transmission and a small oil pump to self-mix the Express's oil and fuel, thus eliminating the need for premixing.