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Honda CB 400, 1980 1st series - a dream coming true
The eighties represent a very special decade for me, it was the decade of great trips: one riding the Honda ML 125cc and many riding the Honda CB 400cc; and in addition to that I got married and my two children were born in this decade (Amyr in 1984 and Marcela in 1987), and we went to Australia as migrants in September 1989.
||The Honda CB 400 was eagerly expected for
two and a half years, and I was the first happy owner of this bike in
Goiania - GO. Mine was bought at Cical Honda - a big Honda dealer in
our city. The motorcycle was bought in April 1980. This was the first
medium size motorcycle offering top technology made in Brazil by then.
There were queues at the Honda dealers at that time, many bikers would pay a
higher price only to have the opportunity to purchase such bike.
My Honda CB 400 frame number was CB400BR0000049.
Photo taken by Honda Japan engineer Eisonuke Miyachi. Photo developed in Japan.
|Despite all kind of pressure Cical Honda honoured
what they have promised to me, when Honda unveiled plans to produce this
motorcycle in Brazil: the first bike to arrive at the dealership would be
mine. As I had a very special relationship with everybody at the
dealer, I could enjoy being the first owner, provided though that I allowed
the bike to be displayed at the Honda stand on the Goiania Agricultural Show and
Exhibition for two weeks. And this is what happened.
Here we were evaluating the CB 400 for Mr. Eisonuke Miyachi. This was part of a careful 'after-sale' evaluation of the product conducted by Honda do Brasil. Only few CB 400 owners in Brazil were interviewed by the engineer that developed this bike project. What a honour for me...Photo developed in Japan.
||As I still had my ML 125 cc, I
didn´t missed much the new CB 400 for the two weeks I had to wait to
put my hands on it. I still remained for a time with the ML 125, my
trustful mate at great trips I did in those years I had it.
My dear mother Maria Terezinha who gave me my first motorcycle. My youngest sister Flavia and brother Bernardo, sideways to my Honda ML 125 (Number plate AC 066) and Honda CB 400 (Number Plate AI 666).
|In September and October 1982 I've been travelling
in Europe (France, Italy and Greece). In those countries I could visit
big motorcycle dealers, and reassure to myself the reality of motorcycling in
Europe - fact that I was aware of since 1976: the motorcycles being used as
a means of transportation and leisure. The motorcycles and scooters
everyday vehicles, being driven in all weather conditions.
Outside Japauto, largest Honda dealer in Europe by then. At my side a Honda CX 500, recently unveiled to the market at that time. Inside the store a partial view of the Honda 900 cc Bol D'Or.
Champs Elysées Avenue, Paris - France, October 1982. I'm standing aside a Honda 400 cc.
400 at the beginning of 1983 equipped with a Krauser luggage carrier.
This equipment was specifically made for the European model - Honda CB 400N.
Despite of that I bought it in Milan - Italy, and easily adapted it for my
CB 400. Krauser is a German company, it is the supplier for BMW
Beginning of 1983 at Tocantins Avenue, city center of Goiania - GO, at my grandmother's house.