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Author Topic: 1981 CM400T scrambler style  (Read 1341 times)

Offline Not_a_sunbeam

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1981 CM400T scrambler style
« on: Apr 22, 2017, 22:45:35 »
1981 CM 400T
Finally got around to completing this build over the past winter, with a slight change- decided to build more of a scrambler instead of an old school cafe profile. I liked the idea of something that could handle rougher terrain too- not really far removed from a cafe to boot. I intially intended to post as I went, but, well, you know. . stuff. I actually love this bike it handles great on dirt roads, fun to ride. More posts to come, I promise.

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Offline Not_a_sunbeam

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #1 on: Apr 22, 2017, 22:52:20 »
From this, in case anyone here hasn't seen one of these before, lol

Offline Not_a_sunbeam

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #2 on: Apr 22, 2017, 23:08:46 »
More angles.

Offline farmer92

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #3 on: Apr 22, 2017, 23:33:51 »
Sorry, but please explain how it handles rougher terrain with spindly 33mm forks and no fork brace?


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Offline Not_a_sunbeam

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #4 on: Apr 23, 2017, 00:36:26 »
No explanation is warranted or forthcoming. If you have a useful comment, submit it.. if all you have is snotty claptrap, go annoy someone else.

Offline hackbart

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #5 on: Apr 23, 2017, 05:42:44 »
Sorry, but please explain how it handles rougher terrain with spindly 33mm forks and no fork brace?

I have the same bike and before I took her all apart she handled the pitted up dirt roads really well. Couldn't tell ya how...but it surprised me as well.

Offline farmer92

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #6 on: Apr 23, 2017, 08:28:37 »
No explanation is warranted or forthcoming. If you have a useful comment, submit it.. if all you have is snotty claptrap, go annoy someone else.

It's a valid question on my part,
I owned and road a 78 cb400
I live on a farm in Quebec
It's ability to handle a dirt road in the spring was marginal at best even with the front fender/brace.
Let alone all the shit that would end up on the inside of the fender.


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Offline Tifun

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #7 on: Apr 23, 2017, 08:36:34 »
It's a valid question on my part,
I owned and road a 78 cb400
I live on a farm in Quebec
It's ability to handle a dirt road in the spring was marginal at best even with the front fender/brace.
Let alone all the shit that would end up on the inside of the fender.


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Dirt roads verses single track are way different animals. Just swapped my tires to a more aggressive pattern will make it handle way better. A fork brace would definitely make it more constrained but the tires will make up for most of it.


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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #8 on: Apr 23, 2017, 10:07:46 »
Yeah, don't dare go off road unless you have a $20k ADV bike.

Back in the day, they didn't care about explaining, they just did it.  ;)




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Offline farmer92

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Re: 1981 CM400T scrambler style
« Reply #9 on: Apr 23, 2017, 10:15:08 »
Yeah, don't dare go off road unless you have a $20k ADV bike.

Back in the day, they didn't care about explaining, they just did it.  ;)




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From what i've seen, the 20k adv bike is way too damn heavy for my idea of off roading.
A 500$ tc185 on the other hand is perfect.

I would not have ridden my cb400 through a plowed field like i did with my TC185, but that probably has more to do with the weight  difference than anything else. Perhaps my interpretation of rough terrain (plowed fields) is different than his.





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