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Old Yesterday, 11:33 AM   #1
lpfm1990 OP
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1981 Honda cm400t

Well I just bought my 1st bike, an 1981 Honda cm 400 t, has 20400 miles, runs prefect (very very slight bog. Just needs the carbs cleaned) all it needs is a normal carb cleaning, front fork seals, and a battery as its getting weak, do they make an agm battery of its size? It runs great thou. Started ice cold, just choke and didn't have to touch once! Cosmetically it's about a 7 outta 10, chrome is pitted and has some rusty spots. But I'm not too worried as I know I'm probably going to lay it over once or twice as I'm new to this.




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Old Yesterday, 11:54 AM   #2
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That's a great bike! Looks to be in great shape, too. Did the PO store it inside?

I've got an '81 CB400T (share a lot of parts) and it's been great. Super easy to work on, absolutely bulletproof and a lot of fun! Are you going to do anything with it? Or just leave it stock?
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Old Yesterday, 12:00 PM   #3
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Right now. Stock. Just going to get the forks rebuilt (about $120 total to have them pop them off and redo them) mostly indoors. Has some small marks in it. And front fender has a dent on the back. But. For me. It's good enough. Any tips or trick I should know. Or mods to help anything at all?


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Old Yesterday, 02:00 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new bike! It looks pretty good for its age. Nice to have the luggage racks and stuff too.
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Old Yesterday, 02:18 PM   #5
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Great Bike!

Never underestimate the capability of the CM400. My son's first long ride was up to James Bay (Quebec) on his. The bike just hummed the whole way.

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Old Yesterday, 07:05 PM   #6
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Does anyone off hand know what "size" the battery is? Like a 8lb, 10lb etc? I forgot to grab it earlier (got it at my old supervisors barn as my garage is packed right now as I haven't gotten my snowmobile put away yet. And I'd like to go to napa in the morning and get a new battery so it starts without needing a jump


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Old Yesterday, 07:11 PM   #7
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Fine first bike, good luck!
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Old Yesterday, 10:46 PM   #8
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Does anyone off hand know what "size" the battery is? Like a 8lb, 10lb etc? I forgot to grab it earlier (got it at my old supervisors barn as my garage is packed right now as I haven't gotten my snowmobile put away yet. And I'd like to go to napa in the morning and get a new battery so it starts without needing a jump
Call ahead. My CB400T (younger sibling to your CM) needed a new battery and all anyone local had that fit was one of those kits where you buy the battery, put in the acid, add water and charge it overnight. And that's in a city the size of Chicago. You may not be able to walk in off the street and get one of the shelf.
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Old Yesterday, 11:21 PM   #9
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Ill drive over to napa. I live in the middle of no where. But, have a napa 3 minutes from my house. Lol. I think from looking it up, it is a yb12a-a does that sound correct?


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