Hondamatics

by Chad
(SE USA)


Hi,


I have to disagree with you where you said Honda followed up with a 750A. Actually, they made a 750A in 1976 because I bought a new 750F that summer. I think it was 1978 or so that they came out with the CM400A.

You said on another page that the 450A will only do 65-75 MPH. I was told it can do 85 MPH, even with a windshield. My old 1971 CL350 would do close to 100 MPH.

You also said it's a "good around town bike to do 65-75 MPH". What town do you live in that allows you to ride 65-75 MPH around town? I can't even go 75 MPH on our local intersate highway or I might get a speeding ticket.

A week ago I bought this nice used 1983 CM450A with 11,330 miles.

Editor's Reply: Chad, a 450cc generally can do 100mph or so but with the hondamatic, much of the power was lost with the automatic transmission setup. Really doesn't matter because if anybody is buying one of these for the exciting performance, they are probably making a mistake. I simply said that they can be comfortably ridden between 65-75 and that made them best for short trips or intown. I never said you could go 65-75 in town. Personally, I think you get your enjoyment from trying to prove yourself right which I suspect in reality you probably aren't able to do that often. Thanks.

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81 Honda 400a

by Ed Powers
(Wabash,In.)

81 honda 400a

81 honda 400a

Hi Richard,

I have an 81 400a that's identical to yours. I'm the second owner and mine has 2,200 miles on it. It runs perfectly and looks pretty good (always garaged). I'm 62 and don't intend to ride any more, it just sits in my garage and gets ridden once or twice a year. I was wondering if you could tell me about how much you think it's worth? Thank you, Ed Powers / Northern Indiana.

Hi Ed, thanks for your question. Although there is an nada guide for older bikes, it's to the point that it is basically what the buyer is willing to pay. My guess is a wide range between $1000-$2500 but it's going to take the precise right buyer to get the upper end of the range. The low miles are a definite plus...cosmetically will be the key I suspect. Good luck on selling it.

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The Hondamatic History Lives On

by Scotty
(Hubert, NC)


I just picked up a 1981 Hondamatic by chance while shopping for a bike to commute to work that would be cost efficiant. All original parts with additional saddlebags, windshield (aftermarket), and backrest. The bike had 3,178 orginal miles at purchase and the owner could trace the history of it to the original owner. The bike was purchased by a traveling christian country singer who wanted something to commute around on when the tour bus would stop at the town in which they were booked to play. She owned it for a number of years, but never gave it much use. She then sold it to an elderly couple who thought they would tour the country in their golden years and wanted something more managable for the Mrs. Sadly, age got the better of them and the bike had lttle or no use while in their possession. The couple sold the bike to the man I bought it from and though he put a few miles on it, he also owned nearly 50 other vihicles that he maintained and starting them all up a couple of times a week was both daunting and costly, so he liquidated about half his collection. I saw the bike off the highway at the shop he was using to sell it for him and I was sold. I have had a bit of a time trying to find and exchange the sealed-beam headlight, but thanks to the interwebs, I found one and it is in the mail now. So, soon I will be on the road enjoying this little beauty and the putting to good use a classic peace of industrial art. -Scotty 2011 July

Editor's Reply: Thanks Scotty for putting this beauty back on the road. Have the wind behind your back and be safe.

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