While some people didn't like the automatic transmission on the Honda CB400A Hawk Hondamatic, I think for the right rider it's perfect. Personally, I like shifting gears, it's part of the experience, but I can see the appeal of an automatic transmission and Honda did to. The Hawk Hondamatic was a darn cool bike. I don't care what anyone says. I think it's an excellent little around town bike.
Honda made a few different versions of Hondamatics. The CB400A had a two-speed automatic transmission mated to a 395cc engine. The transmission was a torque converter with a high and low gear. Because there was no clutch, Honda fitted a parking brake where the clutch level would usually go.
It's a bit unorthodox of a setup if you're used to a typical motorcycle, and because of this, I would recommend new riders learn to ride on something else. However, the Hawk Hondamatic's fairly light weight and bullet proof construction (I've heard these are very tough little bikes, tough I've never actually owned one.) are exactly what most new riders should be looking for.
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