View Full Version : CM 400e??

11-09-2009, 11:59 PM
A buddy has an 80-81 CM400e that he wants to get up and goin. Anyone got any pointers or messed with one? I been on CB750 and am kinda lost with no kick?(Shoulda quit makin a lot of shit in the mid-70's!)We're gettin a manual this weekend and gonna go from there, at least it's in a rigid already.

11-10-2009, 5:38 PM
i just built one what is it you want to know, they are pretty straight forward, but you are right sucks that there is no kick starter on the thing. here are a couple pics, if you have any questions let me know, i will say this this thing hauls ass.
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11-11-2009, 12:54 AM
They're a good solid bike. I ride the hell out of mine. and yep, it's pretty quick.
Dead balls simple. No kick does suck, but they are hell easy to push start. that's experience talking.
It is possible to put a kick on it as some of the CMs had a kick start. You could find the kick assembly and pull the motor apart or you could just find a complete running motor.
also, for what its worth, the 450 super hawk motor will bolt right in and it has a 6 speed gearbox. makes those long highway trips a bit more tolerable.
Again, that's experience talking.
The worst thing about them is the giant backbone of the frame.
It really limits tank choice.
I ended up cutting the stock backbone out and replacing it with a piece of 1 1/8 so I could run an old Hap Jones tank.


11-11-2009, 10:19 AM
dirty, you got finished pics of that thing?
the tins are rad.

11-11-2009, 11:11 AM
I am trying to get them now, the gal I built it for took it out riding and well, I guess she liked it LOL!!!! she is supposed to get me the pics here shortly, as soon as I get em i'll et em up on the site. You have to see it with the seat on and all the wiring in and what not. Man that tank was a pain, Like Shawn said the back bone is so boxy, I had to do some serious choppin on that tank, 6" off the sides and practically just the tunnel, redid the middle and bottom, then shortened the hell out of it. I wanted to keep the tank "honda, and came across an old 70's rotten to the core tank, chopped off the flip cap (thse things are cool as shit) and grafted it on, Had to put it on the side because there is no room in the middle, all backbone haha. I will get em up as soon as I get em. Oh and thanks for the compliment.

just posted up a thread , cm 400 got pics there of the finished machine.