1978 Honda CB400 Before and After

I’ve owned this 1978 Honda CB400 Hawk II since 2013. I paid $650 for it. I’ve cleaned it up a bit and did a few performance upgrades and I’m into the bike for about $2,000. Here’s what it looked like when I bought it. It ran OK, but it was all 1970s. Those mirrors, big

1978 Honda CB400 New Headlight, Winkers & Fried New Tail Light

If you’ve been following along, I’ve been upgrading the lights on my 78 Honda CB400. Back in November I did the tail light and turn signals, now I’ve put in a new headlight and front winkers. I torched my new tail light in the process. I don’t recall what I was actually doing or thinking

Plug Your Tach Hole Like This

If you’re like me, you don’t like lots of gauges and junk on your motorcycle. Perhaps some people find it useful, but a tachometer to me is kind of useless. I know when to shift. I know what my bike is supposed to idle at. So I dumped my tachometer a few months ago. The

Looking for Garage Wrenchers to Show Off Their Custom Bikes

It’s easy to find the latest, most amazing build by one of the top shops across the globe. Just head over to BikeExif and they’ll hook you up with that. But I want to write some stories about those people wrenching away in their garages who are building beautiful and interesting bikes. So if you’ve

Change Your Fork Oil

Have you ever been riding your motorcycle down a beautiful country road, blasting through s-curves, but hit a bump and it feels like you went airborne? I’ve been riding this ’78 Honda CB400 for about 4 years now. I’ve never been impressed with how it handles, but it’s a light bike. Lately though, it’s been

Install Motorcycle Fork Seals without a Fancy Fork Seal Driver

I’m in the process of buying the necessary parts to replace my fork seals on the old Honda. I was looking through my Clymer manual – as I always do when considering a new project for the bike – the manual references fork seal driver and fork seal driver attachment. Those are tools use to

Obsession Motorsports Rockville, Maryland

I rarely take my bike to a shop for repairs, it’s like letting someone else watch my kids, no one is going to give a shit more than I do. But I ran into some electrical issues and I didn’t have confidence in my ability to accurately troubleshoot the problem. The issue was that the

Don’t Buy this Dime City Cycles Switch

I love Dime City Cycles, I spend a lot of money with them, but here’s where you can save some money. If you’re like me and you like to have nice clean handlebars without lots of buttons and junk, you might want a car ignition style switch. And you might be interested in buying this

#IAMADUMBASS :: Wiring Up a Kill Switch Blues

Today I was trying, and failing, to wire up a new kill switch on my ’78 Honda CB400. I spent close to an hour on it, before I realized that I just might be the dumbest person on the planet right now. Installing this kill switch is part of a larger project. I’m installing a