2021 Honda CB400X and CB400F Officially Unveiled in China
Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Honda has officially unveiled the 2021 CB400X and the CB400F bikes at the ongoing 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. The motorcycles are based on the same platform as the CB500 series but actually get lower displacement engines to meet the medium-sized two-wheeler driving license regulations in the Japanese market. Japan’s medium-sized 2-wheeler driving license permit only allows vehicles under 400cc, which is why the company has gone through the displacement-cutting exercise for its popular model line-up. The motorcycles will go on sale in China very soon, as complete knock-down imports via Wuyang Honda. The CB400F motorcycle features a similar design to the CB500F, but with a restyled LED headlamp that looks less aggressive.
2021 Honda CB400X
The 2021 Honda CB400X is pretty much a toned-down CB500X with a restyled LED headlamp design and a smaller motor. The headlamp on the CB400X isn’t as sharp as the CB500X but it’s definitely likeable. The LED headlamp is slightly conventional but it gets LED position lights at both sides for added appeal. Equipment such as a digital instrument cluster, 17-inch alloy wheels, a tool-adjustable windscreen, and updated styling are all similar to the 500X. A hazard light switch has been added to the package for 2021 model.
The motorcycle also gets telescopic forks at the front side and a preload-adjustable mono-shock at the rear side. The braking system comes with single disc brakes at either end with the dual-channel anti-lock braking system. The new CB400X has a kerb weight of 195 kg, which is 2 kg less than the CB500X.
2021 Honda CB400F
The new CB400F model gets the same updates as the CB400X for 2021. Unlike the CB400X, CB400F gets a split seat, owing to its sporty persona. It appears chunky from all angles thanks to the muscular bodywork. Subtle aerodynamic ducts are also present on the short fairing as well as the tail section. As compared to the 400X, the 400F features a flat handlebar which should result in a mildly aggressive riding posture. The kerb weight of the 400F stands at 188 kg which is 7 kg less than the CB400X.
Both the bikes CB400F and CB400X are powered by 399 cc, liqued cooled, parallel-twin motor that develops 44.8 PS of max power and 37 Nm of max torque. Compared to the CB500X version sold in India, that’s 2.7PS and 6Nm less. The motor is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Both the motorcycles get a digital instrument cluster and 17″ alloy wheels (shod with 120/70 tyre at the front and 160/60 tyre at the rear).
Honda CB400X and CB400F for India
There is no word on whether CB400F and CB400X motorcycles will make their way into the Indian market, but it seems highly unlikely. Both bikes are likely to be restricted to only those markets that have regulations around displacement. The CB500X motorcycle is already on sale in the Indian market at Rs. 6,87,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Internationally, the CB400X motorcycle will directly compete against the KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS, and RE Himalayan. The Honda CB400F bike will compete against the KTM 390 Duke and the BMW G 310 R.