1971 Honda CB750
There is no substitute for the basics. You will always need a 750cc, 4 cylinder, Japanese bike in your garage (if we were all so lucky) and THE JAPANESE 4 cylinder to have is the CB750 and this 1971 Honda is basic, and mostly original and a must have.
From the seller
Selling a 1971 Honda CB750. Motor serial number CB750E-1085079. Has a 3″ lowering kit and 16″ rear wheel. Bike received a semi-restoration 18 months ago. New paint on frame, gas tank, side covers, seat pan, instrument cases, triple tree, and more. Motor was detailed. All electrical was inspected; bulbs replaced, etc. Lots of cleaning and polishing was performed. Chrome looks good, but there is some light pitting on some parts like front headlight mounts. Carbs were disassembled and cleaned. Engine oil and filter was changed. Fork oil was drained and replaced. Petcock and gas tank cleaned. New throttle cables. New battery. Runs great. Sounds wicked. One side cover has a slight crack. One front fork gaiter is torn. Needs a new rear tire.
A couple things that can be seen that are not stock are the exhaust and air cleaners. I don’t know enough about the history of the bikes and the accessories available, but the pipes have aged with the bike, so I would expect that they are a period aftermarket piece. Not as sexy as the 4 into 1, they seem to have come from the “make it loud” school of design. And the air filters might be the more recent of the two performance pieces. I prefer the look of the open velocity stacks, but there are those that say you will be changing rings more often than oil if you leave you carbs open to breath.
The CB 750 was the game changer in 1969. It came out within months of the British Triumphs attempt to go big, but did not leak oil. The early, collectible sand cast CB750 are going up and up in price, but the nice thing about a motorcycle made for almost 10 years with the same single OHC design, you are going to find one or two laying around. With 68hp generated at 8000rpm, transferred through a 5-speed gear box, you could see yourself over 100mph, a bench mark for many years.
UJM could be a derogatory term for Japanese bikes of the time, pointing to the fact that they all look the same and perform the same. The thing about the CB750 like this 1971 model, is that the CB750 is the “one” that started it all. It was the yard stick to be measured by. And when the British bikes could not measure up, by the end of the 1970’s, 10 years after the introduction of the CB750, there were very few British Motorcycle makers. BB