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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 01:53 AM
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Not sure how common they are in Oz, but you just don't see those 400 Hondas around up here. She's a beaut, and huge fun I bet.
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Nice buy OS they are a great little bike.

I have a friend who has 2 of those that he races.
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Very cool Scratch, I've always wanted to check out one of Honda's V4's. That would be a cool way to do it. How about a ride report?
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They were never sold here new, but there are plenty of Jap imports about. Most have been raced, & crashed, in Japan, & therefore have aftermarket fairings. Average mileage is around 15K klms. I got the importer to hunt me down a low mileage undamaged example, which is why it took 6 months.
The bike presents like new. So I think the previous owner must have kept up a reasonable maintenance schedule, as there are no perished rubbers or gaskets, & everything works perfectly, though the brakes are a tad spongy (soon to be fixed with s/s braided lines). It's a tiny, tiny bike. The first I've ever felt scrunched up on, & also the first I can swing a leg over & sit both feet flat on the ground (made for me). My only gripe is the seat's too wide & too shiny, & it's easy to slam the family jewels into the tank. So it's lucky my breeding years are behind me. I'll probably get some grippier foam for it, so I don't start talking in a higher register. The motor's a willing little unit, though it doesn't have much below 5K RPM. It redlines at 14.5K, so there's plenty left in the toybox to play with. I try to keep it above 9K, & it just tears up the corners. I'm not sure if I'm any quicker on it through the twisties than I am on the Street. But I'm still learning what I can do with it, & haven't come anywhere close to it's limits. So I expect to get quicker. I can't wait for the Bridgestone tyres to wear out either, & I'll put some comparable rubber to the Triumph's on it, & then I'll see which one's quicker.

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My mate's NC30. Kawasaki usd forks, wavy rotors, 160 section rear wheel, ally seat subframe, full 500cc big bore kit, custom rearsets, Nitron shock- it goes like stink!

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