1970 Honda CR750
So what does a guy who builds and races Superbikes do on the weekend? It appears from this listing for a 1970’s Honda CR750, they build their own super bikes. This race bike listed as the work of Bob Hansen, the man who ran Team Honda and took Dick Mann to Daytona in 1970 and won it all. Here is something that he must of worked on a little bit later.
From the seller
The Superbike from the “Father of the Superbike.”
This is Bob Hansens version (built/owned by Bob Hansen with his upgrades) of the 1970 Honda CR750 which Dick Mann rode to victory at the Daytona 200. Bob Hansen was race manager for Honda at Daytona in 1970. This CR750 differs in that it is painted in the Team Hansen livery – Orange and White, and is “plated” as number “1.” Other upgrades, or differences from the bike Mann won on are as follows: As told by Bob Hansen – “Upgraded rocker box assembly,” “5 quart oil tank,” “re-enforced upper end, so it wouldn’t wiggle around,” “better cam chain tensioner” and “all somebody has to do is look at it and they’ll see all the differences.” Year is unknown – when asked, Bob couldn’t recall. Size of the engine, unfortunately is also unknown. A tear down would have to be done to determine the true displacement – although we suspect it’s not stock. Last time it was started is unknown. It does have a few scratches and some dust from being stored in Bobs shop. Probably could use a new windscreen (fine scratches, a little cloudy), and also has developed a small oil leak. Mileage is also unknown, but a number (0000) was needed to list on ebay. Stand is included. This bike is being sold as is by the Hansen Family and is sold with a bill of sale. We’ll be happy to answer any questions. Per Bobs wishes, he wanted us to wait a week and then sell things. As he said: “I can’t take it with me.” Bike is located in Oceanside, California.
This little blurb comes from Team Hansen Honda
When Honda introduced its revolutionary CB750, it wanted to prove the speed and reliability of the new machine by racing in the 1970 Daytona 200. Hansen was given the responsibility of heading up the effort on the American side. Hansen recalls that the CB750s (of which there were four factory entries) had plenty of speed, but there was a problem with the cam-chain tensioner on the high-speed Daytona circuit. After the problem was discovered, Hansen made the decision to keep Mann off the bike during the final day of practice so that the machine could be totally rebuilt. Mann’s bike was the only factory Honda to go the distance and he won the race over the Triumphs of Gene Romero and Don Castro despite the Honda having less than a half-quart of oil left in the engine at the finish.
So this may not be one of the bikes that really put Honda on the racing map in America, but is sure has some very close connections.
The seller wanted to clarify.
We’ve been getting a few questions, and must clarify that this is NOT the CR750 that Dick Mann rode at Daytona in 1970. Also, it is NOT one of the four CR750s that were at Daytona that year. This is a CR750 that was built later by Bob Hansen with many upgrades that he thought were needed. We would use the word “replica,” but someone questioned that term because it wasn’t the same color and didn’t have the number “2” on the plate. So the word “representation” was used. We hope this answers those concerns.
I am drawn to these motorcycles that I could never real own. A race prepped bike that will only ever turn its wheels on a closed course. A bike which will need a trained tech to get up and running and, continuing to run. Something that would look nice in my garage but would likely just gather dust. But for those who do race, and want to make this thing scream, check out this 1970’s CR750 and race it when you get it. BB