Hondamatic .... My Hondamatic Motorcycles - Definitely Fond Motorcycle Memories

This is a motorcycle picture of a 1981 Honda CM-400-A Hondamatic that I had the pleasure of owning and sold last year. I could write a book about these little machines and I won't be surprised if I end up with another one at some point; perhaps in the 750 version too. For those unfamiliar, these wonderful motorcycles had a 2 speed semi-automatic transmission that you could shift but didn't require a clutch. Also, you could just put it in high and ride the whole day like that without shifting at all. At that point, it was fully automatic and the only time you would shift was to put it in neutral when you came to an extended stop. Totally your choice. They could do about 65-75 miles per hour in the 400-450 size so they are primarily in town motorcycles....great for commuting or just in town crusing. The 750 version could also be used comfortably for longer trips. They looked great, similar lines and look to the ever famous Honda Rebel. This is a perfect motorcycle for those learning to ride who are uncomfortable with a clutch. They are small and light, handle nimbly, and got around 50-60 mpg. They are perfect for women too who are not big of stature, perhaps not comfortable with a clutch, and who really want to ride. An amazing concept that honestly would do Honda good to reinstate. I suspect cost of manufacture ended up putting this wonderful machine on the shelf.


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In 1978 i turned 16 and my mother and father took me to Blalock honda in Macon Ga. I found a 400 hawk.My mother began looking around and saw a 400 hondamatic.the …

To the guy with the 1978 Hondamatic 750 Not rated yet
Personally, having owned several of these great 750A bikes, you are way off on being quick off the line and achieving 110mph speeds. Far from it. Due to …

help me ge this awesoe bike running again Not rated yet
I have just purchased a 79 400a and am having issues getiing it going. As of yesterday while trying to kick it over the compression was forcing the kick …

I always wanted one Not rated yet
For as long as I can remember, I desired to own a motorcycle and enjoy the open road. But the problem for me was being uncomfortable shifting,especially …

!981 Honda CM400A Hondamatic Dream Not rated yet
I am 60 years old and always had a love for the older Hondas,75-86.My first owned bike( back when I was around 20)was a Bridgestone 175, 4-5 speed.I …

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