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Honda NS400R

Honda NS400R

Hondas V3 400cc 1985 NS400R was launched to supply demand for road bikes that looked like the 500 track bikes piloted by Freddie Spencer who won the 1983 world championship. ‘Some say’ Honda did not make a ‘500’ due to negative press about the RD500 & RG500 being too fast. They wanted to prevent an ‘arms race’ between manufacturers.

The NS400R took on & was almost as fast as the 500’s while 100cc & a cylinder less. The NS400R is now a ‘cult’ bike. Rothmans & Freddie Spencer colours look great & big bore conversions to 475cc are available, still handles & stops better than some new bikes. Very high build quality ensure the NS400R’s position as a firm favourite.



Type – Liquid-cooled, two-stroke V-three
Capacity – 387cc
Compression Ratio – 6.7:1
Ignition – Electronic
Fuel System – 3 x 26mm Keihin flatslide carburettors


Primary/Final Drive – Gear / Chain
Clutch – Wet, Multiplate
Gearbox – Six Speed


Frame – Alloy Perimeter Type
Front Suspension – 37mm forks with anti-dive
Rear Suspension – Pro-Link monoshock
Front Brake – 2 x 256mm discs with twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake – 1 x 218mm disc with twin piston caliper
Wheels – Built-up Comstar Type
Front Tyre – 100/90 V16
Rear Tyre – 110/90 V17


Dry Weight – 163kg (359lb)
Wheelbase – 1385mm (54.5”)
Seat Height – 790mm (31.1”)
Fuel Capacity – 19 Litres (4.2 Gallons)


Top Speed – 142 MPH (claimed)
SS ¼ Mile – 11.3 sec@190kph
Claimed Power – 72 bhp@9500 rpm
Claimed Torque – 39 lb.ft@8500rpm
Fuel Consumption – 34 mpg
Price New In 1985 – £2899