Whilst my bike was getting it's new rear tyre put on, I was offered the chance to take out a CB400. Having never ridden anything over 250cc before I got a little bit scared, but figured seeing it was similar to the VTR in that it had the upright seating position and only an extra 150cc, I'd be fiiine! Ha! Seat felt a little bit higher and wider but I was still able to flat foot it. Controls are in the same place as the VTR's so didn't have to worry about getting 'lost' there. Got on and pulled out onto the hwy and that's when it occured to me that this bike was very different to the VTR in that it wasn't a VTwin...hahaha...never ridden an Inline 4 before. Wow! Talk about rev! So there I am 'cruising' along in first with the bike revving like mad and I go to click it up into second and nothing! Air! Where the f*&^%$! hell is the gear shift? Indicate left and pull into a busstop and look down for the gear shift.. It's there. Right where it should be. Pull back out again and go to shift up to second and nothing again....I'm like WTF?! Where is it! Turn left in first down a residential st and pull over again - yep - there it is - test changing up to second and realise that it's gonna take more than a flick up of the toes to reach the shift - (this is something that can be easily adjusted to suit however I'm on a test ride and adjusting levers isn't an option right now). So pull back out and give it an almighty kick up into second - get neutral instead - revving even more - hahaha - and then kick it again up into second. Hmm...cruising along but rather concerned about the revs. A quick glance at the tacho tells me I"m sitting on 3000rpm...lol...but it's revving, like really heaps. Up into third and still revving I'm like okay, this is what non-VTwin bikes do maybe, or maybe I'm not riding it properly! Anyway, keep going along thinking everyone in Mornington must be able to hear those revvs happening. Changing down gears not so bad, however a blip of the throttle doesn't seem as effective on the CB400 as it is on the VTR250 but that may be because I've never blipped a throttle on an Inline 4 before. I figured I'd go back tot he dealership and ask them about the rev range/gears and was told that that's what these bikes do - rev. haha.. It was actually a whole lot of fun and I spent much of the time going 'WTF?' whilst laughing my head off. Felt very easy to ride and would've liked to have spent a bit more time getting to know it as I reckon it'd be a great ride once I knew what to expect with it. I was then offered a ride on a CBR600 but I totally totally chickened out. My excuse was it was getting dark and there was traffic about and roads were a bit wet, however the honest to God truth is that I was scared. CB400 yeah I reckon I could handle, but the CBR600 - gotta wonder what it feels like riding that thing with the whole freakin rev thing happening.