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Box Cutter – 1990 Honda CBR400RR

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

Often overlooked since it wasn’t the raciest gray-market selection, the CBR400RR was available in Canada where this one lives.  The NC29 or Baby ‘Blade as it is sometimes known, was a lightweight solution with a free-revving gear-driven cammed four.  Despite limited information, it looks complete and ready for a light restoration.

1990 Honda CBR400RR for sale on eBay

Meant mostly for their domestic market, the CBR400RR was pretty racey for 399cc, with 59 hp, alloy twin spar chassis, and RC30 lookalike fairing.  41mm Showa forks and 275mm brake disks were sized for the mission.  Four-piston calipers, fresh-air intake tubing, and swingarm shaped to allow the 4-into-1 exhaust to pass underneath really look the part.

With only four pictures and not much in the way of notes, this CBR is not set up to be creampuff, but it doesn’t look like an accident victim either.  The owner says it ran last in 2014, which spells a cleaning for those 28mm flat slide carburetors.  Not seeing many mods but maybe some more familiar readers will corroborate.  Stateside registration will also have to be arranged.  For a running, driving CBR400RR ( though neither are claimed in the auction ) the ask is surprisingly low.

Reviewed as a dynamite bike for the better half while you’re on your RC30, the 400RR is a bit snug, rather light, and does exactly what you tell it.  You might have to train yourself to wind the musical engine up to 14,000 rpm, and to use the precise steering to your advantage.  Also the maintenance fund will have to be replenished more like a larger machine.  If you can do these things, and you’re a little on the lighter side, the rewards of the CBR400RR will be a rare and high performing junior.

-donn

7 Comments

  • Never sold in Canada .

  • Fresh from japan never sold in Canada they have 15 year n older rule.

  • Both correct. Seen a few for sale in Canada in the past. This is in line for our market if not a bit high at $4500CDN. Canadian market discount is huge compared to the USA. Around 40%.

  • I wish this was available in Canada when new. I would have snatched one up a long time ago.

  • According to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website, a bike 21 years or older doesn’t have to meet EPA requirements and one that is 25 years or older isn’t required to meet DOT standards to be imported into the U.S. Which means I could drive to Canada tomorrow and bring this one back, if it wasn’t already November. I bet they call it Chilliwack for good reason. The difference between Canadian and U.S. dollars apparently makes this one a bargain for American buyers. And I want it.

  • Chilliwack has a January average temp above zero celcius so no, it does not get that ‘chilly’. I am not aware of the difficulty of the import process but given the huge disconnect between Canadian and US prices there must be more to it than simply that. If not, there is a great opportunity (likely now missed) to import Canadian 2-strokes and classics into the USA.

    • Average temp above freezing – that’s reassuring. But the import process for a machine this age looks fairly simple, as I read it online. Fill out a customs form at the border and pay a bit for the privilege, then head south. Or the more expensive option, pay a broker and pay shipping south – maybe $500?

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