Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) 2001-2006

2001-2006 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) Overview, Specs, Price, Pictures Gallery

Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) 2001
2001 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) photo. A single-cylinder 400cc Japanese-style road sports bike with a simple and basic design.
Release date: 2001-10-11.

Motorcycle Profile:
The Honda CB400SS is a simple sports model equipped with an air-cooled single-cylinder 400cc engine full of heartbeat. It's a style that looks like a picture of the basics of a motorcycle, and it was clear from the fact that the motorcycle name "SS" took the initials of Standard Single. The roots of the Honda CB400SS single-cylinder engine was the XR400, which was a model exclusively for off-road competition. This engine was used in the CL400 (Scrambler, 1998), which was improved for road use, and then in the C400SS, which appeared as a new model in 2001. Initially, it had only a kick start (similar to the Yamaha SR400, which was considered a rival model), but after a minor change in 2003, it came to be equipped with both a kick start and a cell. The model history has been completed before the tightening of exhaust gas regulations from September 2008.

2001-2002 Model Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) Old
1st Generation Model without Electric Starter

On Thursday, October 11th 2001, Honda released a road sports bike CB400SS with a simple and universal tasteful form that allows you to experience the comfortable beating feeling of an air-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 400cc engine. This model was not equipped with self-starter (electric starter).

Honda CB 400SS yellow
Picture of Honda CB400SS in Yellow color.
The older model without electric/self starter.

This Honda CB400SS has a basic design that makes you feel Honda's tradition, and it uses an air-cooled, single-cylinder, 400cc engine that gives you a feeling of beating, and you can enjoy light driving from city streets to long-distance touring. In addition, by reducing the weight of the body, it is an easy-to-handle road sports bike.
As a theft deterrent system, it is equipped with a reinforced handle lock mechanism and special wiring for immobilizer alarm (dealer option).
There are a total of 3 body colors: passion red and plasma yellow solid type with a fearless image, and pearl Atlantis blue striped type with a classical image.

Honda CB400 SS Red
2001 Honda CB400SS picture. Color: Red.
Restored Japanese-style (Japstyle) motorcycle.

Main Features of Honda CB400SS

Equipped with an air-cooled single-cylinder engine that has a pleasant pulsating feel and a brisk boost

A 400cc air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that uses RFVC * to create the charm of a single-cylinder engine that blows up powerfully from low revs. It has a built-in balancer that reduces vibration, and uses a dry sump system for lubrication with excellent cooling effect. The exhaust system adopts a 2-into-1 down-type muffler, and is set to emphasize torque characteristics in the low and medium speed range. In addition, by adopting an air injection system that supplies secondary air to the exhaust manifold and reburns the exhaust gas containing unburned components, clean exhaust is achieved without sacrificing the fun of driving that is unique to single-cylinder engines. is realized. In addition, the engine is started using a kick system that employs an auto decompression mechanism.

Simple body structure with semi-double cradle

The frame is a simple semi-double cradle made up of round pipes. Casting members and white core malleable cast iron * are used for the joints of each part, and we are particular about the beauty of the joints and achieve both the suppleness and rigidity of steel pipes. The front suspension is an upright telescopic type equipped with fork boots. The rear adopts a two-stage pitch spring that achieves both excellent ride comfort and shock absorption. In addition, by optimizing the rigidity of the engine hanger, it achieves the best balance with the frame. Combined with a lightweight body with a dry weight of 139kg, you can enjoy a light and sporty ride. The brake uses a single disc on the front for excellent braking feel, and a simple drum type on the rear.

Honda CB400SS photo 2002
2002 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) image wallpaper. Colour Silver.

Other Major Equipment

  • Equipped with a reinforced handle lock mechanism that is effective in deterring theft, a reinforced key cylinder, a direct connection start prevention circuit, and dedicated wiring for the immobilizer alarm (dealer option).
  • Crankcase cover with a buff clear finish for a luxurious look.
  • Speedometer and tachometer with blue dial for excellent visibility.

Origin of naming

The SS of the CB400SS is an abbreviation for Standard Single, which means aiming for the 400 single (400cc single cylinder) standard with styling and equipment that focus on simple beauty.

2003-2006 Model
Honda CB400SS equipped with Self-Starter

Honda CB400SS model year 2003 is equipped with a self-starter and Honda's unique anti-theft mechanism H・I・S・S*. This model was released on December 25th (Thursday) 2003.

2003 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41)
Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) model year 2003. Colour: Black.
Newer model with Electric starter.

Since its release in October 2001, the CB400SS has been well received by young people for its single-cylinder engine that gives you a comfortable feeling of beating and its simple and basic design.
This time, in addition to the kick-starter type, it is equipped with a new self-starter to enable quick and smooth starting. In addition, the kick arm, brake pedal, and change pedal are plated after buffing, and three-dimensional emblems are adopted on both sides of the fuel tank, and the color tone of the meter dial has been changed from blue to black.
In addition, Honda's unique anti-theft mechanism H/I/S/S is newly installed to improve the anti-theft effect.

For the body color, the stripe pattern has a fearless image of pearl coronado blue, and the refreshing and light image of classical white has been set as standard, with a total of four colors, black and force silver metallic, for a wider range of users.

2005 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41)
Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) Dual-Tone type.
Model Year: 2005 with self starting system.
Photo in new original standard condition without modification.

2003-2006 Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) Main Specifications

Car name/modelHonda BC-NC41
Length×Width×Height (m)2.165×0.780×1.125
Length (m)1.405
Minimum ground clearance (m)0.160
Seat height (m)0.790
Vehicle weight (kg)159
Dry weight (kg)145
Capacity (persons)2
Fuel consumption rate (km/L)39.0 (60km/h level running test value)
Minimum turning radius (m)2.5
Engine modelNC38E (air-cooled, 4-stroke OHC 4-valve single cylinder)
Total Displacement (cm3 )397
Inner Diameter x Stroke (mm)85.0×70.0
Compression Ratio8.8
Max output (kW[PS]/rpm)21[29]/7,000
Maximum torque (N・m/rpm)31[3.2]/5,500
Carburetor modelVEBAC
Starting methodSelf-operated (with kick)
Ignition methodCDI battery ignition
Lubrication methodPumping type (dry sump type)
Fuel tank capacity (L)11.0
Clutch typeWet multi-plate coil spring
Transmission typeConstant mesh 5-speed return
Transmission ratio1 speed2.615
2 speed1.789
3 speed1.350
4 speed1.076
5 speed0.925
Reduction ratio (primary/secondary)2.826/2.333
Caster (deg)/Trail (mm)28°00´/128
Tire sizeFront100/90-19M/C 57S
Rear110/90-18M/C 61S
Brake typeFrontHydraulic disc
RearMechanical leading trailing
Suspension systemFrontTelescopic
RearSwing arm type
Frame formatSemi-double cradle

Predessor: CB440S.
The Honda CB440S was a special version offered by a Honda dealership in São Paulo, Brazil in 1983. This was a CB400 with a 447 cc engine with some imported parts as lightweight crankcase, larger pistons and new suspension arms.

  • * RFVC: Radial Valve Combustion Chamber
    A system that achieves excellent intake/exhaust efficiency and high combustion efficiency
  • ※ H・I・S・S…Honda Ignition Security System
  • *Shiroshin malleable cast iron: Cast iron made weldable by heat treatment after casting to remove carbon.

Honda CB400SS (BC-NC41) Price

Planned sales volume (domestic/annual) : 3,000 units.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price (2003) :

  • Standard : 469,000 yen
  • Stripe pattern : 479,000 yen

(Regional suggested retail price: Okinawa, excluding some other areas.) (Reference price. Excludes consumption tax.)


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