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    Looks nicer than mine, and it's the best colour scheme.
    Redline is 12,500 rpm, but they make reasonable power all the way through (for a 400), all I do with mine is change the oil and filter and ride it, brilliant little bike to ride, don't take the carbs off unless you really need to, my Z1000 is easier to work on.
    Have a look for corrosion round the radiator mounts, a Chinese replacement is only 35ish.
    Bridgestone BT45s seem to work, the suspension is soft, a set of Hyperpro fork springs do wonders for the front end, Hagon shocks are alright but could do with firmer springs.

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    Thanks Julian, it was the colour that initially attracted me (plus it looks very tidy and I have enough to do with the Sunbeam at the moment).

    It's not done many miles over the last few years but does seem to have been cared for.

    Hopefully will land this week (if the delivery people taking my SLR650 away get a move on) so looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Bought this one:



    which will shortly be winging its way south from Scotland. Looks very nice and my brother in law has had a good look over it and pronounced it sound.

    Now if I can only get used to a 15,000 rpm red line.....

    Any pointers Julian?
    Forget the numbers (and the jet-engine sound!), you'll find so long as you get used to slipping the clutch from take-off, then keeping the engine in the middle third of the rev band, you'll discover the engine is like a turbine. We had a couple as training bikes at Cinque Ports back in the late 90s and I loved nicking them when the boss was out and riding them when I was instructing

    We had BT35s on them, worked fine wet or dry even for ham-fisted learner emergency stops!

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    Just remembered, I replaced the sprocket carrier bearing on mine when it started to make horrible noised pulling away, easy job.

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    Many thanks both. Can't wait!

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    Been out on mine this morning, it has a slight top end noise that goes away once warmed up, it's a lovely little bike to ride. My clutch sticks if the bike is left for a while if you rock it back and forth in gear with the clutch pulled in it frees off.

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    Re clutch sticking - anybody with a 60s Brit bike is very familiar with this. The cure for them is to drop a bolt between the lever and the abutment so the plates are held slightly apart. Dunno whether it will work with the Honda.

    Do these suffer from timing chain tensioner issues as on some other Honda 4s?

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    No problems with the cam chain that I know of, the only other chain in the engine drives the oil pump, again it gives no problems, the engine is CBR600 based, so it's a bit under stressed

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    Congrats! nice little bike that

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    Now arrived and seems as good as it looked - engine starts instantly and runs smoothly and quietly with no rattles or knocks.

    I think the riding position is a little cramped for my ageing knees so will be looking for another seat to reshape - the one on it is in perfect condition so I'd rather keep that. Any suggestions where to get one? Julian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Now arrived and seems as good as it looked - engine starts instantly and runs smoothly and quietly with no rattles or knocks.

    I think the riding position is a little cramped for my ageing knees so will be looking for another seat to reshape - the one on it is in perfect condition so I'd rather keep that. Any suggestions where to get one? Julian?
    See your other thread, I've got a cut down one you can have for free, you'll have to arrange collection though, as I am useless at posting things.

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    Ipswich is a bit far to go for it.... I'm happy to pay a bit over the odds if you can find someone to send it?

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    I'll sort something out, whereabouts do you live roughly?

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    Many thanks Julian - sunny Brum. I'll pm you my address.

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    Hi Julian.

    The clutch on mine is dragging (see post in the mechanics) - I'm hoping it is only down to having been left for a while and not ridden.

    Any new on the seat?

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