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I have a rebel 450 and really like the engine, but do not like the low seat, so I have been looking for a 450 nighthawk with no luck, but did find a 400 hawk, is there much of a difference in performance? I am 220 lb, and just ride back roads and state highways, no freeways.
 

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Not all 400's have 6th gear. Most (in north America ) have only 5.
 

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The 80 CB400T (Hawk, which looks like the Nighthawk) had the 6 speed (don't think they had the oil cooler). The CB400Ti and Tii along with the CM400s had the 5 speed or the automatic. The CB/CM 450s got the 6 speed with the oil cooler.
 

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Okay so it is only hawks and I can confirm no oil cooler on the 80 hawks (I think there are also 1981 400t hawks) .
 

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The term "Hawk" applies to the CB400 series, not CM's. The first(78/79) CB400T's were actually Hawk II and the 80/81 were Hawk III's. 1982 saw the Nighthawk series take over the Hawks.
The 78/79 versions were 5 speed, kick starter, no oil cooler (the T1 was kick only). The 80/81 were 6 speeds, no kick starter, no oil cooler.
All of the CB400's have a decreased amount of rake so the handling is quicker/tighter than the CM's and Nighthawks.
If one wanted an oil cooler on their 400 it's a simple swap of the lower case from a 450. If one wanted a 6 speed in the 400 it's a simple case of swapping out the entire trans, clutch, shifter ass'y. with a 450. I've done both.
 
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