In my opinion this is
the best motorcycle I had so far - apart my Honda C-100 Dream with which I fell
in love completely - regarding comfort when
driving it, as well as considering performance and
reliability. My Honda CB 400 was ridden for nine and a half
years, and I sold it in a pristine state despite having clocked 65.000
km at the odometer. This bike was by then one of the better
equipped motorcycles for long distance trips (a complete Krauser set
specially devised for this model, an Elefant fuel tank bag, a custom
built front fender for trips during the raining season, and other
details that made it one of a kind. I pioneered in Brazil
this sort of equipment for CB 400.
Returning from a trip to the
south of Brazil in January of 1984. Floresta fuel station, BR 153
entrance for Piracanjuba - GO. My Honda CB 400 - 1980 - fully loaded.
Honda CB 400
was present in many special occasions during the decade of 1980, below
are some photos of those memorable moments in which my bike was the
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text for each photo, from left:
from Brasília - D.F.
to Goiânia - GO, during September, 1980. Main
Jerivá Restaurant. From left:
Mauro, Orlando, me and Mauro Vieira. Completing the scene: my
Honda CB 400 and the Honda Turuna of Mauro Vieira.
Me and my CB
400 at the right, Mauro
Vieira at the center with his Honda Turuna 125 cc, and Adailton with
his Honda CB 400. Back of the boxes area of the Ayrton Senna
International Autodrome - Goiânia - GO - BRAZIL during
My Honda CB
400 and that
belonging to my friend Ronaldo Santos (from Brasília - D.F.)
sideways to Mauro's Honda Turuna, in Natal - RN - BRAZIL during
January, 1981. At the background we can see the white sand
called Ponta Negra.
session at BR 101, in the
State of Espírito Santo, quando de nosso roteiro
Coração do Brasil (pelo Nordeste brasileiro) no
1980. Mauro and me (wearing the yellow rainsuit).
taken by Ronaldo (the owner of the silver Honda CB 400).
my Honda CB 400 in front
of a road restaurant at the State of Minas Gerais, when we were
returning from our trip to the south of Brazil during January, 1984.
encounter with my cousing Irom
Saddi and his family. Floresta Petrol Station, BR-153,
Piracanjuba-GO, by the end of January, 1984. We were
from the south of Brazil.
Three big trips on the Honda CB 400 deserve a special highlight:
first of them at the very end of 1980 and January of 1981. At that
occasion we completed 8.400 km in 22 days crossing 13 Brazilian States.
The intrepid trio was: myself with Honda CB 400, my friend Mauro Vieira
with Honda Turuna 125, and my friend Ronaldo Santos - from Brasilia -
DF (the owner of the first CB 400 in Brasília) with Honda CB 400.
Stop for resting after lunch
at the reservoir of Tres Marias - MG (hydroelectric plant). First
leg of our "Brazil's heart" big trip.
Arriving at the state border
of Espirito Santo. Leaving behind us the State of Minas Gerais.
We left Brasilia - DF
heading towards Belo Horizonte - MG, Vitoria - ES, Salvador - BA and
after that all the capitals in the Northeast region of Brazil up to
Teresina - PI. From there we went to Belem - PA and took the famous
Belem - Brasilia road towards Goiania - GO, my hometown.
border: Espirito Santo and
Resting stop at the interior of Bahia after driving in the rain, look
our rain equipment and luggage protection.
My friend Mauro changed
the gear relation of his Turuna in order to keep a driving speed
compatible with our CB 400 (mine and Ronaldo's). The Turuna, as well as
the CB 400, performed superbly and we didn't have any problem at all
during that trip.
At left Jose Raimundo
(Dedé) - the owner of Honda dealer Moto Pop, our host in
Aracaju - SE. He
offered us a lunch at the Iate Clube de Aracaju (Aracaju Yatch Club).
Arriving at the State of
In Aracaju - SE
we had the best host possible: after arriving at a Honda dealer (Moto
Pop) for a routine service in our bikes, we met its owner (Dede). He
was so impressed with our big trip that he offered us a formal lunch at
the prestigious Aracaju Yatch Club. The warm reception we had
along all route in the Northeast of Brazil made us sure of how friendly
the 'nordestinos' are.
Entering Alagoas. Maceio at
295 km ahead of us.
Every stop we made we
became the object of general curiosity, from bikers and non-bikers as
well. This was mainly because of our bike's number plates,
from Goiania and Brasilia, and due to the fact that among us someone
was riding a small Honda Turuna 125 cc. This was too bold to
During this trip we
achieved a special goal: we were able to cover more than 1.000 km in
one day, travelling from Teresina - PI to Belem - PA.
Enjoying the shadow of the
coconut palm trees in Maceio -
Entering the State of Paraiba. Joao Pessoa at a short distance...