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    1980 cb400t hawk

    Hello there! My name is Chris, from Abbotsford, BC.
    Just picked up this 1980 CB400T HAWK from a friend of mine who rode it for a season or two. 10,000 miles on the clock and in very clean condition. Ive applied for collector status plates and got denied due to missing the "hawk" decals. I will be having some make that match the colour combo of the pin striping and will hopefully be in action come a week from now. This bike will serve as my Saturday coffee getter and Sunday ice cream ride with the lady.
    Ive only taken this thing around the block so far and have noticed it does not ride anything like my most recent bike (obviously). anyone have any suggestions on how to freshen up the steering and suspension. I presume the fork oil has never been changed. Im open to the idea of a steering damper and fork brace if anyone has any good reviews on any. I wouldnt mind running a fork brace and a light bar since I imagine the light output isnt the best on this bike.
    Ive also got a front end and rear end from a 2011CBR125R kicking around. Toying with the idea of putting the clipons, front bakes, and rear sets on this bike as well. any modifications that would need to be made wont be too much of a problem as I am a machinist by trade.
    Ive also got a small leak to deal with in the carbs and a completely rounded over oil filter bolt.

    Ive owned;
    1980 CB250RS
    1982 GSX400L (cafe project)
    2001 GSXR750 (tuned to 155hp at the rear wheel)
    2012 Kawasaki Vulcan Custom

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    1978 cb400a
    1978 cb400a
    1979 cm400t
    1981 cm400t
    1982 cb450t silver
    1982 cb450t silver
    1982 cb450t black
    1984 vt500ft Ascot red
    1984 vt500ft Ascot black
    1982 ft500 Ascot black
    1982 ft500 Ascot red
    1980 CM400a
    1972 xs650
    1981 CB400t
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    Quote Originally Posted by workdogz2 View Post
    Thanks for the link! I had spent a day looking for something like that. However, the price to get those stickers to my door is almost 1/5th of what I paid for the bike! So I may just stick with the company that will print me them for $5 each locally.

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    Sounds like a deal,I'm very lucky to have a sign shop 6 blocks from my house,I give them a sample and they reproduce it.
    Your bike is the nicest 1980 CB400T Ive seen great score!
    1978 cb400a
    1978 cb400a
    1979 cm400t
    1981 cm400t
    1982 cb450t silver
    1982 cb450t silver
    1982 cb450t black
    1984 vt500ft Ascot red
    1984 vt500ft Ascot black
    1982 ft500 Ascot black
    1982 ft500 Ascot red
    1980 CM400a
    1972 xs650
    1981 CB400t
    I use to know stuff back when I was older
    Barry

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    Welcome, and nice CB400T. I'm curious about your GSXR750 though... at around 140 hp stock by all internet accounts (never owned one myself), I'm curious how it is tuned to over 200 rwhp. Seems it would take more than "tuning" to get it there. Turbo? Supercharger? Do you have a dyno printout you can post? Again, just curious
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientdad View Post
    Welcome, and nice CB400T. I'm curious about your GSXR750 though... at around 140 hp stock by all internet accounts (never owned one myself), I'm curious how it is tuned to over 200 rwhp. Seems it would take more than "tuning" to get it there. Turbo? Supercharger? Do you have a dyno printout you can post? Again, just curious
    Oh jeez, my bad, it was 155WHP. Good eye. Ill see if I can change that.

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    Now THAT sounds more likely...
    Tom

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    Welcome to the forum. Great to see another 400 series here. Great looking bike.
    1979 CM400T (rider),
    1979 CM400T (resting)
    1980 CM400T (just picked up in pieces)
    1981 CM400T (in surgery receiving transplant)
    1982 CM450 (donor engine for 81)
    1982 CB450 (parts bike)
    1985 VT1100C (rider)

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    Welcome!. That is a good looking ride! If your going to use is for Sat coffee and Sun ice cream runs with the lady you may want to leave it stock. Its pretty comfortable as is. Can't see where rear sets would improve that.
    Anyway, you'll need a proper Factory Service Manual in your endeavors. PM sent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tepetit53 View Post
    Welcome!. That is a good looking ride! If your going to use is for Sat coffee and Sun ice cream runs with the lady you may want to leave it stock. Its pretty comfortable as is. Can't see where rear sets would improve that.
    You're most likely right that it will be by far more comfortable if left stock. However I cant help but want to tinker with it just a bit. Nothing permanent because I always want the ability to return it all back to stock.
    I have some CBR125 "clip ons" so to speak, that have a fair amount of lift to them that would give the bike a clean look without lowering the bars by too too much. From there Im sure ill end up making a new top triple tree clamp to get rid of the old bar holders. I've got a bigger rear sprocket from the CBR125 too that Im hoping will fit or be made to fit and will give it a little more pep in town (will still need to count teeth and check ratios)

    This here is what Im hoping to attain. I rode in the distinguished gentlemans ride a few years back and have regretted selling my old CB250RS ever since.
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