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Old 04-08-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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Hello. I am new to the forum and just got a 1980 CM400E running. It sat for a long time, looks like years, and after cleaning the carbs I got it to run. My question is what oil spec and amount is recommended for this bike. I don't have any manual and am guessing about 3 quarts of 10w40 would probably about right.

Also since this is the first bike I've had in years with a chain, can someone suggest a good chain lube.

I am not new to motorcycles, I own a 1997 1200 Sportster and a 2001 Goldwing GL1800 in addition to the CM400. I've been wrenching and owned/ridden bikes for about 40 years. I have learned that it's best to get suggestions from folks who have at least some experience with the model before I start guessing.

thank you in advance.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:57 PM   #2
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I found the answer. It takes 2.6 Qts and the filter is still available at the Honda dealer.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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Wait a second, didn't the new Triumph copy that motor design for its new Bonneville & Thruxton?

Well I'd say most likely Triumph specs will work just fine then.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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If it's an o-ring chain (or not, I guess), I really like the Dupont Multi-purpose Dry Film Lubricant, available at Lowes and probably a bunch of other places.

Goes on clear, dries quickly, doesn't fling off much, and is slicker than snot.

I have been using the same 14oz can for a couple of years now. i spray my chain every 400-ish miles. It is nice and clean, and with 24K on it, there is no detectable wear on either the cahain or the sprockets.

And, the can costs something like $6.50.

I use it for all sorts of applications on the bike and around the house. Great stuff!
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #5
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Wait a second, didn't the new Triumph copy that motor design for its new Bonneville & Thruxton?

Well I'd say most likely Triumph specs will work just fine then.

jeezus brah change the record .....how many time we gonna' hear that one?
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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Default Oh, ok...sorry...

The new Turninp has no resemblence to a CM400 motor....NOT!
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:25 PM   #7
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The new Turninp has no resemblence to a CM400 motor....NOT!
Uhhh. ok....
I'm trying to figure out what that has to do with how much oil and what type lube for the chain. If you mean it's the same as an engine with twice the displacement and made on a different continent as mine then I'd be asking how much oil a Triumph bonneville holds not a Honda CM400.

So for mscuddy's sake they are not the same capacity. Just in case you buy a Triumph and only put 2.6 Qts in it.

From a Triumph Dealer's web site:

2009 Bonneville Oil Capacity

4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)

2009 Triumph Bonneville Black

Pushrod thanks for the tip on the chain lube Dupont Multi-purpose Dry Film Lubricant. I'll give that a try. You are the second person I've talked to suggesting it.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:40 PM   #8
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Uhhh. ok....
I'm trying to figure out what that has to do with how much oil and what type lube for the chain. If you mean it's the same as an engine with twice the displacement and made on a different continent as mine then I'd be asking how much oil a Triumph bonneville holds not a Honda CM400.

So for mscuddy's sake they are not the same capacity. Just in case you buy a Triumph and only put 2.6 Qts in it.

From a Triumph Dealer's web site:

2009 Bonneville Oil Capacity

4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)

2009 Triumph Bonneville Black

Pushrod thanks for the tip on the chain lube Dupont Multi-purpose Dry Film Lubricant. I'll give that a try. You are the second person I've talked to suggesting it.
Ignore cuddy. He distills his own hootch.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:57 PM   #9
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Jd, your a pretty sensitive guy.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #10
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Jd, your a pretty sensitive guy.
first time I've every been accused of being sensitive. I didn't understand his sense of humor at first.. Now I do and it's all good.

I guess I was to used to the a-holes on the HD forums.

Cuddy brews his own hootch??? I have a new found respect for the guy. He's my hero.
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