1966 Honda CB77

There are many ways to do a custom bike. The most often used method is to use parts that are available today to make your bike your own. A less often used method is to pretend you are stuck back in time and can only use the parts that were available at that time. The builders of this 1966 Honda CB77 set up to hot rod their bike with parts that were only available in the 1960’s. They were going for the over the counter CYB77 and the pictures show what they were able to do.

From the seller

Up for sale is a freshly restored 1967 CYB77 race replica.  We built this bike as if were built in the 60’s or 70’s.  A few mods that we did to the bike include using the CB160 headlight instead of the rather large CB77 headlight to give the front end a more minimalistic look.  The battery was moved under the seat and the box and all the surrounding tabs were removed.  All wiring that could be hidden is tucked under the original CYB77 factory race seat (recovered, with new foam) as well as the headlight switch.  The CB160 did not have a switch on the bucket like the CB77.  The stock top triple was shaved down.  Period style clip-ons were used instead of the more popular aluminum models.  The front brake hub was drilled and fitted with stainless steel mesh to cool the shoes under heavy braking.  Taillight is a WW2 Harley/Indian military light with glass lens retrofitted under the seat.  We did not run fenders on the bike, but instead ran a polished aluminum plate at the rear wheel to keep anything from slinging up all over the motor and seat from the tire.

We have shown other CB77 and learned that at the time you could go to your Honda dealer and pull out the parts catalog and flip to the CYB parts section. Open megaphones, rear-sets, solo seat, and more were all offered over the counter to turn your CB into a race ready CYB.

More from the seller

The engine (1964) was rebuilt using a new kickstart bushing, new seals and gaskets, although there are a couple of oil leaks (hard to seal all of them on a 48 year old motor).  In our attempt to gain a bit more power out of the 305cc engine, we used NOS Kenig racing pistons from the 60’s fitted with NOS Honda rings (both .75 over).  We were tempted by the CB350 rebore kits, but wanted a more period bike.  The megaphone exhausts were custom built and welded to the original headers, painted and then wrapped.  They are rather loud, but have a great deep sound.  The velocity stacks are also period, but most likely never fitted to this style bike and we were forced to trim them down a bit in order to fit under the tank.

When looking at Classic Sports Bikes, I do prefer to see ones that are Classic. When you see a 1960’s bike with 2012 parts on them, they just don’t look classic any more. There are some concessions on this bike, but because they set up at the beginning to stay within the decade of original manufacture, the over all project is very nice. The seller of this 1966 CB77  gives more detail on the build and a few more pictures, so check it out and see if it fits. BB

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3 Responses

  1. Isiah Booth says:

    This is actually my bike. I built it this past summer. I know it’s not everyones idea of a classic, but I’ve always loved the look of these old Hondas and in my opinion, what could be better than a classic “factory” style racer? Thanks Brian for the comments. Hopefully you’ll see some more of my bikes in the future.

  2. Brian says:

    Let us know if you have another bike up for sale.

  3. Isiah Booth says:

    Will do. I have a couple of bikes in the mix at the moment, but no pictures as of yet. One is a ’68 CB350 and the other is an early 60’s CL72 with an enduro feel.
    If you would like to check in with us in the future, feel free to drop by our FB page at http://www.facebook.com/CityofHateVintageCustoms. Our website is in the works at the moment and should be up soon.