What A Beautiful Piece Of Motorcycle History This Motorcycle Is. For those unfamiliar with the breed, this is a 1981 Honda CM400a Hondamatic (Automatic Transmission) Motorcycle In Beautiful Condition and ONLY 3446 ORIGINAL MILES.
The Hondamatic Series of motorcycles was an amazing undertaking by Honda. It was made for about 7 years, originally in a 400 size engine and then expanded to include a 750 engine. All else on the bike was the equivalent to the manual transmission model of the bike. The only difference was that amazing automatic transmission which Honda aptly named the “Hondamatic”. These motorcycles were virtually bulletproof and this bike sounds like a well oiled sewing machine…it is that quiet. Just just so you know, there are 2 forward gears and it can be shifted between those gears without using a clutch. In fact, there is no clutch lever. But if you want a true automatic, you can put it in high (2nd) and drive that like all day without having to shift even once. The bike doesn’t even have a clutch lever. Where the clutch lever normally would be is actually an “emergency brake” setup to keep the bike rolling when parked as you can’t really leave this bike “in gear” to prevent rolling.
The paint and chrome is in excellent condition…not totally perfect but remember, this is a 1981 motorcycle. But technically, you could say that it is in museum condition…an excellent survivor of a wonderful motorcycle. It is perfect for beginner riders or women riders who don’t want a very heavy bike, and for those that don’t want to be bothered with shifting. And the fuel economy is excellent…you can expect about 50-60 mpg. And this 1981 Honda CM400a Hondamatic runs and rides as good as it looks. It has a brand new battery and the tires are in good shape. This is the perfect starter bike and city bike. The windscreen is off the bike because it had a crack in it, you have it if you want it. Pick it up now and be ready to ride!
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