New motorcycle!


MFK Member
Mar 23, 2015
Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Congrats! My first bike was a Honda 400 as well; went with the "sport" version rather than the "custom" you have. While I like the looks, the higher, pull-back bars and general seating position of the C make a small bike feel even smaller.

And make no mistake; you will feel cramped and underpowered in probably no more than a few weeks. I'm an inch shorter than you, and I always felt like a Great Dane trying to mount a Dachshund when I got on that bike. :)

I think you will find a more "standard" riding position more comfortable, especially for longer rides.

Now, repeat after me: My bike has taken its last ride on a trailer. From now on, anywhere I take it...I will ride it there! :)
Ha. Good recitation. Yeah I am trying to figure out what bike I will upgrade to. What bikes have you ridden that you like?

I don’t mind the seat height on this 400 but could definitely use more leg room. More power will also be nice. It is a good practice bike for learning the basics. Also good for my wife to practice on for the short term as well.


Redtail Catfish
MFK Member
Mar 29, 2019
Manitoba, Canada
The bikes I found most comfortable were all configured in what we used to call a "standard" set-up; not too far in the custom/stepped-seat/high-bars/highway-pegs direction, but equally as far from the "cafe racer" style where your butt is almost level with your head. :)

I loved my Kawasaki GPz750 (the original, which was much more "standard" than the later crotch-rocket versions). I briefly owned a Honda CB900SS that was probably the best seating position of the bunch, but had it stolen only a few weeks after I got it so didn't really get to know it. And my Yamaha Seca650 was comfortable enough that I took it on a tour from Ontario to BC, camping along the way. No fairing; the bars were just low enough that the wind helped pick me up a bit and made highway speeds very comfortable. Terrific bike, totally trouble-free, smooth, fast enough, comfortable...if it had been red it would have been perfect.

Mind you, once I got there, the original plan...i.e. to see the coast and then ride back to modified a bit. I sold the bike and flew home! :) I was young, dumb and full of...ambition...but I wasn't up to another stint across the prairies on any bike.
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