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.
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.