We talk a lot about appealing, small to mid-capacity bikes. But how about this Honda CB400 Super Bol D’Or? It’s a Japan and Australia-only model that’s been around largely unmodified since 1992, gaining VTEC variable valve-timing in 1999. The only thing new here is the special edition paint — red frame, gold wheels, tricolor bodywork — but what paint! Why doesn’t every Honda come in th...

We talk a lot about appealing, small to mid-capacity bikes. But how about this Honda CB400 Super Bol D’Or? It’s a Japan and Australia-only model that’s been around largely unmodified since 1992, gaining VTEC variable valve-timing in 1999. The only thing new here is the special edition paint — red frame, gold wheels, tricolor bodywork — but what paint! Why doesn’t every Honda come in these colors? And why don’t we get the 52bhp/29lb-ft/370lbs standard here? Like other sexy little bikes made in Japan, the cost is just too high. The faired version goes for the equivalent of $10,132. To put that in context, the CBR600RR starts at $13,331 in Japan.

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