Additional photos of this Honda CBR400RR are available here for your perusal.
Affectionately known as the Babyblade, the Honda CBR400RR was a 400cc sportbike sold only in Japan for approximately 15 years. The nickname came about as it was the smaller brother to the Fireblade.
In the 90s, the American motorcycle market was the epitome of “the bigger, the better.” But in Japan, the 400cc class was where most of the innovation was happening due to licensing/displacement restrictions. Every Japanese OEM invested countless dollars into improving their 400cc offerings, and models wouldn’t go more than a couple of years without significant upgrades.
The owner personally imported it from Japan, but not for the intention of selling it. Part of his fun was seeking out bikes abroad to bring back home to his residence in Oregon and ride them with his family and close friends. Both his son and daughter ride, the latter typically chose the Yamaha R1-Z that’s currently on our classifieds.
He’s been selling off his rather large collection as his closest mate and mechanic passed away and children are riding less and less. It’s important to note he’s not a importer/reseller but rather an enthusiast selling off his collection. He wasn’t as concerned with aesthetics as he was mechanical condition.
In addition, we note a crack on right side under the right rearset, a chip in the tank, and some scratches the on the right engine cover. We’ve tried to document everything in the photo album up top, but don’t hesitate to let us know if you need additional photos of any component.
This is a solid example of a rare find in the US which would make for a fantastic rider or an excellent candidate for restoration. Our White Glove service is more than happy to get it as perfect as you wish!