It goes something like this: The CB400F was a bold move for Honda, but not a particularly risky one. It marked the first time that a Japanese motorcycle manufacturer successfully captured the Euro-sporting look, but cosmetics are relatively inexpensive to produce, and the majority of the bike's hardware came from the defunct CB350F. Honda chose the middleweight class to debut the look, too, not the higher-profile 750 or open classes; the market for a rather expensive 400cc multi would be naturally small, so if the experiment failed, little would be risked. And while the CB400F's performance could keep it afloat in a class awash with speedy two-strokes, the price--$150 to $250 more than the class cacklers--was too dear. As for the Euro look? Not another Japanese manufacturer would try to duplicate it until Honda tried again with the GB500 in 1989, and it suffered the same rapid demise.