Tagged: CB750

Totally Refreshed 1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0

Here’s a beauty that’s been treated to a recent “minor restoration” as the seller mentions and it looks fantastic. While not a “sandcast” the condition of this motorcycle is unreal. Check out the cold start video included with the eBay listing below.

1970 Honda CB750 For Sale on eBay

From the seller:

1970 Honda CB 750 Four K0
Only 13,000 Miles!!
Clean & Clear Title
Minor Restoration Just Finished
Full Major Service Just Completed
Nos Factory Paint Gas Tank ( Has never has gas in it )
Portable Gas Tank Used For Service & Tune
Nos Factory Paint Side Covers
New Chain
New Rear Sprocket
New Dunlop K70 Tires
So Many More NOS Parts to List
This Bike Can Ridden or Be Museum Show Piece
$25,888 OBO

Share your thoughts in the comments, and good luck to buyer and seller!

dc

Sand-Cast Classic: 1969 Honda CB750 for Sale

1969 Honda CB750 R Side Front

When the Honda CB750 came onto the scene in 1969, beating Kawasaki’s own four-cylinder bike to market by the narrowest of margins, it was a revelation: four-cylinder motorcycles were previously the domain of luxury or high-end sporting manufacturers like Ariel or MV Agusta. But the CB750, while certainly not cheap, was an affordable alternative to the established large displacement bikes from the European manufacturers, offering refinement and reliability previously unheard of at that price-point. The specifications seem so unexciting now, but that’s because every other manufacturer needed to produce similar machines, or be left in the dust.

And Honda didn’t stop with their 750: that initial CB gave birth to a whole range of four-cylinder, five-speed bikes, including a 350, a 400, a 500, and a 550. The fours were often heavy, compared to their twin-cylinder or two-stroke competition. But they offered an unmatched level of sophistication compared to those relatively crude machines.1969 Honda CB750 L Side

For a long time, four-cylinder bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki were being regularly chopped into bits as part of the burgeoning cafe racer scene, owing to their low prices, power, and solid construction. This one will not be subjected to that sort of treatment. It’s an early model CB750, with the sand-cast engine cases that are so desirable among fans of this bike.

1969 Honda CB750 R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1969 Honda CB750

In their 100th anniversary issue, Motorcyclist magazine named the 1969 Honda CB750 as the “Bike of the Century,” and this one may be the bike of this century! I bought it 30 years ago from the original owner, a schoolteacher in Chicago, who had kept it as immaculately as I have ever since. I’ll try to keep this text short as you true lovers of vintage Hondas know the story very well by now, but the term “sandcast” is abused so much on eBay it bears re-telling. 

Soichiro Honda was a wise businessman and when he developed this breakthrough machine in the 1960s era that was dominated by British twins & triples, and he wasn’t sure it would sell with its daring 4 cylinders, 4 exhaust pipes, 4 carbs and front disk brake. To play it safe, Honda cast the engine blocks in rough sand molds rather than investing in much smoother (and more costly) metal molds. When the bike started selling well, they invested in the metal casts and all models after VIN # 7,414 have a smooth engine block finish, making these early bikes with a rough “sandcast” finish very rare. 

How rare is this one? Chassis VIN # = 374 and engine = #379, only five digits apart! Why are they apart? Hondas were shipped from Japan in separate crates of engines & chassis, and then assembled in California in random fashion. Many sandcasts have frame & engine numbers that are hundreds of digits apart, so this one’s close numbers are rare indeed. If you check the Sandcast web site (www.cb750sandcastonly.com) and scan the registry, you’ll see this one listed as #18 and with its very close #s for the chassis & engine. 

What’s also special about this bike is it is a rider, not a “trailer queen.” It had 18,000 miles on it when I bought it, and I’ve put another 6,000 miles on it since, generally short trips every month in the summer to keep it mechanically sound. It runs like a “dream” (forgive the Honda pun!) and has been maintained by some of the best vintage Honda mechanics whose identity I’ll only reveal to the buyer to not drive them nuts with too many phone calls early on.

1969 Honda CB750 L Side Engine

There are plenty of additional details over at the listing, so take a gander if you’re a fan of this bike. There are four days left on the auction, with bidding up to $27,000 and the reserve not yet met. That might seem to be a princely sum, but the really rare, early CB’s do command all that and more.

1969 Honda CB750 Headlamp

For a long time, the very reliability and ubiquity of the UJM was their downfall: people treated them like the appliances they were designed to be. A vintage Triumph is going to require regular fiddling and adjustment, and will likely leak at least a bit of oil. They’re full of character, fully capable of cutting a rug and they look great doing it. But vintage European bikes ownership is more like a relationship: you’re invested, an enthusiast. Japanese bikes of the period were notable because they generally flat worked. Just add gas and tires.

But that also means that, when Honda or Kawasaki introduced their latest and greatest model, old bikes were just that: old bikes. And often left to decay, or sold on to less sympathetic owners more concerned with cheap transportation than maintaining an heirloom motorcycle. But considering what early Z1’s and Honda CB750’s are going for these days, the joke’s on them.

-tad

1969 Honda CB750 R Side

On Rails: 1976 Honda CB750 Bonneville Salt Flat Record Holder

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat L Side

Well, this Honda CB750 probably doesn’t fall under our usual parameters for “sport bike” but it is most definitely a “race bike” and how could we possibly exclude a machine that has successfully

Even if it doesn’t have a front brake. Or rear shocks…

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Tank Detail

During the 1970’s and 1980’s the undisputed kings of the street and strip were the big four-cylinder bikes from Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda. Sure, Kawi’s two-stroke triples were entertainingly wild and punched well above their weight, but were hamstrung by typically peaky two-stroke powerbands, and the idle-to-redline shove of a no-replacement-for-displacement four made bikes like the CB750 the go-to choice for straight-line performance.

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat R Side Front

From the original eBay listing: 1976 Honda CB750 Bonneville Salt Flat Record Holder for Sale

Recently restored vintage record holder

Original built by Hollister & Cunningham

Drag raced in northern Nevada and northern Cali in the late 70’s

Restoration was done by me, mostly cosmetic. New aluminum “Excel” rims and stainless steel spokes laced to original hubs Paint on tank is original restored and re painted the tail section New cables, new chain, new tires. Restored and re painted the front fender Clean, rebuilt, and synchronized the carbs Flushed fluids from engine New fluids Hand build Mallory magneto RC Engineering 4 into 1 header No stater or rotor on left side of crank shaft After Boneville bike was drag raced in Northern Cal and Northern Nev Comes with the wheelie bar and stack of sprockets All documentation from Boneville Salt Flat records Bike starts and runs fine. Seriously fast!

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Plaque

I’m not sure what a buyer would do with this machine, since it’s not a practical day-to-day machine. While the Excel rims weren’t on the bike at the time of its record run, they look great, although I always get creeped out at the thought of riding a bike with no front brakes on the street…

But with a Buy It Now price of only $6,500 I’d bet you won’t find a world record holder machine for any cheaper!

-tad

1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Engine1976 Honda CB750 Salt Flat Certificate

Café Done Right: 1975 Honda CB750 for Sale

1975 Honda CB750 Cafe R Side

I try to stay away from posting up too many café-styled machines here, especially of the home-brewed variety. There’s nothing wrong with them necessarily, but the do-it-yourself vibe also leads to some half-cocked ideas and questionable engineering: take a half-decent Honda CB750, slap on a fresh coat of paint on the tank, flip the bars, fit a set of individual pod-filters and, voila! You now have a bike with probably less performance than the original and likely far less comfort as well…

1975 Honda CB750 Cafe L Side Rear

Introduced in 1969 as part of Japan’s opening salvo in the war for big-bike domination, the CB750 combined the sophistication and exotic wail of a four-cylinder with the durability of an appliance. Along with Kawasaki’s Z1, the CB brought sophisticated engineering to the masses. In recent years, these workhorse UJM’s [Universal Japanese Motorcycles] have become the darlings of a custom-bike scene tired of overpriced, fat-tired choppers with ubiquitous S&S twins and Baker non-unit gearboxes. Cheap to buy, with a wealth of parts to maintain and customize, cast-off Japanese bikes democratized the custom movement, although prices of even poor examples have been driven out of the basement, leading bourgeoning bike builders to search for less-expensive alternatives…

1975 Honda CB750 Cafe Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Honda CB750 Cafe for Sale

Honda CB750 cafe racer w/ new black paint/gold racing accent stripes. Clear California title – runs and shifts with no issues – Front and rear drilled racing rotors, new handle bars, new mirrors, new seat pan, new upholstered seat, new gas tank emblems, new front & rear turn signals, new brake light, new oil & filter, new brake fluid, rebuilt (2) front and (1) rear calipers, rebuilt master cylinder, new speedo cable, new clutch cable, (2) new throttle cables, new reflectors and much more – feel free to contact me with any questions or to set up a time to inspect – thank you!

1975 Honda CB750 Cafe L Side Engine

This particular example caught my eye for the dual-disc conversion up front, an nod to performance and safety. Looking very much like a modern Triumph Thruxton, this is a pretty nice, rideable classic, although the seller wants a pretty penny for it, with an asking price of $6,500. There are three days left, so maybe make him an offer.

It isn’t perfect, but the CB750 is a terrific platform and this should give you Brit-bike looks and style without the headaches and leaked oil in the garage…

-tad

1975 Honda CB750 Cafe L Side

Fully-Restored 1975 Kawasaki Z1B for Sale

1975 Kawasaki Z1 L Front

The Kawasaki Z1 was, along with the Honda CB750, a pair of final nails in the coffin of European big-bike dominance. While the Z1 will always have the stigma of “copycat” because it was released after the Honda, Kawasaki’s 750cc four-cylinder was actually being developed at the same time, unbeknownst to either manufacturer. When Honda released their bike ahead of Kawasaki, it sent their engineers scrambling to come up with something to differentiate their new bike.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 L Rear Low

So of course, they made it bigger. With 903cc’s of smooth, relentless power, it blew the CB into the weeds in terms of outright performance, with 82hp and a top speed of 130mph. Honda may have been first, but the Kawasaki was undeniably faster.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Cockpit

These two new four-cylinder models were powerful, relatively inexpensive, and far more reliable than anything the Europeans were producing at the time. They may not have handled quite as well, but on straight-line roads all over America, nobody cared.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 R Side

Unfortunately, many of these were used and abused, then discarded: the finicky nature of British and Italian motorcycles makes them a labor of love, and long hours spent keeping your motorcycle in good tune creates a bond born of blood, skinned knuckles, and an empty bank account. But Japanese bikes just worked, and large numbers sold meant that they were hardly rare and collectible. But now, good examples like this one are very much in demand, and prices are on the rise.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Front

From the original eBay listing: Restored 1975 Kawasaki Z1B for Sale

This 1975 Kawasaki Z1B is in immaculate condition.

I am the third owner, purchasing the bike in early 2011. Prior to my purchase, the bike went through a concours quality restoration. The entire bike was stripped down and rebuilt to original factory specifications. Where necessary new parts were used to restore the bike to an as new condition. The bike received new clocks, the bike’s original documentation shows the prior mileage to have been around 16,000 miles. The new clocks reflect the mileage (1,270) since the rebuild.

The bike has been meticulously maintained. Everything operates as it would have when originally new. It starts, idles, runs, handles, stops, as it did 39 years ago.

I have had the bike mostly on display at my house. It has been riden occasionally on sunny summer afternoons and shown at a few classic motorcycle events, where it always attracts attention.

The original Kawasaki Owners Manual and Warranty Handbook, and Clymer Service/Repair/Maintenance Manual, are included.

This is a museum quality example of this classic 1970’s Japanese superbike.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Engine R Side

This is a stunning example of the Z1. While it may not be a more desirable 1973 model, it’d be hard to find one much nicer. Take a look at the close ups of the engine: aside from a few nicks, I doubt a Z1 looked any better brand new on the showroom floor!

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Engine Detail

With upright looks, twin shocks, a comfortable riding position, even for two, stable handling, and plenty of power, the Z1 epitomizes the classic Universal Japanese Motorcycle. At $16,500 the price of entry may be fairly high, but you aren’t likely to find one nicer.

-tad

1975 Kawasaki Z1 R Rear Light

 

1975 Honda CR750 Yoshimura LeMans Endurance Racer for Sale

1975 Honda CB LeMans R Side

We say “one of a kind” perhaps a bit too often: it’s become hyperbole, like Guitar Center’s “once in a lifetime” events that happen bi-weekly.  But this stunning machine may really deserve the “once in a lifetime opportunity” tag.

1975 Honda CB LeMans L Engine

Designed for a racing effort that never materialized, the bike was built to amazingly high spec starting with a factory CB750, fitted with all the Honda racing hardware available at the time, then tucked away for safe keeping.  The specification is stunning: aluminum tank and seat, handbuilt oil tank, Ceriani forks and triple trees, Dresda swingarm, Koni shocks, magnesium wheels.  Basically, almost every single part of this bike is valuable or rare, and the sum is even more valuable.

1975 Honda CB LeMans Dash

Be sure to visit eBay and read the extremely detailed history of this bike.  An excerpt from the original listing: 1975 Honda CR750 Yoshimura LeMans Endurance Racer for Sale

Preserved and Dry Stored in Art Collection for 37 Years, Custom-built to Endurance Race the 24 Hours of Lemans and Bol d’Or, Multitude of Rare and Weapons Grade Period Parts, National Show Winner with 1st in Class at Mid-Ohio 2012, Recently Acquired by CB750 expert, Original Title

Racing machines are rarely preserved as new, having never seen the track they were destined for. They are built as a means to an end, a utility, and used as such. They are beaten up, repaired, rebuilt, reskinned. Only a few become truly sought after, the ones that made history through their victories. Ford GT40s, Ferrari Testarossas, Porsche 908s. The Honda CR750 was also one of those machines. And this example has been preserved almost exactly as it was built in 1975, believed to have only ever been ridden a few test miles.

1975 Honda CB LeMans Oil Tank

The collector who owned this bike for the last 37 years related to us that it was professionally built in 1975 from the frame-up by Yoshimura North, with no expense spared. It is believed that it was built on commission for a privateer race team that wanted to compete in the Bol d’Or 24 endurance race in France, as well as the Lemans 24 hour race. But the team’s efforts never materialized and the bike never went to Europe. Instead, the bike was immediately purchased by the aforementioned collector and drained of all its fluids. It went directly into his extensive art collection and was stored in his living room as a prized piece for the next 3 decades.

1975 Honda CB LeMans R Engine Above

I’ve no idea what something like this is really worth, but I think it’s safe to say that the bidding should to much higher than the current $7,400.  Definitely a collector, not a rider, but who’d want to risk wrecking a bike so rare anyway?  It seems a shame to condemn something so clearly bred to race to another few decades in someone’s living room, but it also seems a shame to risk smashing this perfect specimen to bits on road or track.

-tad

1975 Honda CB LeMans Yoshi Plate

1971 Honda CB750 K1 for Sale

1971 Honda CB750 R front

The term “sportbike” typically evokes a very specialized type of motorcycle with low bars, high pegs, and a fairing to make the mechanical parts slip easily through the air: going fast, we’ve learned, requires that a bike fit into a very narrow set of parameters, and a machine optimized to go fast doesn’t do much else very well.  But it wasn’t always so, and the definition of what a sportbike was less specific in days gone by.

To modern eyes, a Honda CB750 is a very un-sportbike-y machine: handlebars, no fairing, twin shock rear suspension, and that most generic of powerplants, an inline four.  But to riders in the late 60’s and early 70’s it was a revelation in speed, and spelled the demise of the moribund British and Italian motorcycle industries, formerly the standard bearers of sporting motorcycles.

1971 Honda CB750 footpeg

The new Honda boasted twice the cylinder count of most competing machines, five forward speeds when many at the time had only four, and was reliable enough to run all day without breaking a sweat.  The specs are so ordinary today, simply because everyone else had to copy the formula to compete.

Looking for bikes for this site, I’m especially drawn to ads that feature comprehensive photographs and detailed, knowledgeable descriptions.  I’m not a huge fan of Hondas, but this one caught my eye and is worth a second look.

1971 Honda CB750 dash

From the original listing: 1971 Honda CB750K1 for Sale

Very nice example of the second production “year” CB750, the K1 model. This one was restored several years ago. I have owned it a few years, and have installed the following items to make it more reliable and road worthy:

  • New Bridgestone tires.
  • New rear shocks (reproduction units from Classic Motorcycle Supplies).
  • New Dyna Ignition (including coils and wires) – no more points, weak coils, or 40 year old plug wires! Starts much easier and runs better with electronic ignition.
  • New battery.

I have put less than 200 miles on the motorcycle since instaling those parts.

It runs great, rides great, sounds great – you have to love those HM300 pipes. It does not smoke, and makes no unusual noises. The chrome is in very, very good shape with no rust. There are no dents or rust on the exhaust. There are no dents in the bodywork. The engine is original to the frame. The engine cases are not cracked or broken (common problem with these early CB750’s due to chains breaking).

I have a clear title in my name.

I did not perform the restoration. The previous owner indicated he bought the bike from a shop in Texas, and someone from the shop performed the restoration. They did a good job, all the parts are correct. They painted the bodywork and the frame and the paint is very good. It appears they put a new Honda HM300 exhaust system on it based on the condition (no rust, no holes, no dents). The seat is a nice reproduction. The chain is a nice new heavy duty one.

Is the bike perfect, museum quality? No. The rubber gaskets that hold the mirrors in place are old and have shrunk, so the rattle. There are two tiny chips in the paint near the rear of the gas tank. The left side cover ws cracked when I bought it; I repaired if from the inside. You can see the two cracks if you get very close. The rear brake shoes squeek a little. The clutch has a very narrow engagement point. The clutch plates should be take out and cleaned, but I do not have any problem riding the bike, so I have not bothered.

1971 Honda CB750 front

Bidding is up to $5,200 with the reserve not yet met.  I’m not sure what the seller is looking for here, but the bike looks like a very nice rider and, assuming the reserve is reasonable, would make a more cost-effective proposition than restoring a rat’s nest barn-find yourself.

-tad

1971 Honda CB750 R rear

1980 Honda CB750F Super Sport DOHC

1980 Honda Cb750F For Sale

This one of the bikes that seemed awkward and unimpressive to me when they were new. I didn’t like the squarish tank or the way the side covers synced up to it. The seat bump was also kind of annoying to look at. For some reason as time has passed I have found myself enjoying the squarish styling. I always liked the paint. I’ve never liked the Comstars and probably never will though. This was a awkward era for a lot of MC companies. They were making bigger better machines that had more power but every cc they added also added weight. It was before everything went to plastic, aluminum and box or trellis frame construction. The 1980 750 weighed 500 lbs and new CBR1000 weighs 460 lbs. Not a lot lighter but a lot more powerful. This bike is a nice clean example of an era of pre full faring bikes and post simplistic tech.

1980 Honda CB750F For Sale on eBay

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Here’s the seller’s extensive description.

Runs and drives great. Frame off restoration approx 3 years ago. Needs nothing, clear title.
Here is a list of the parts replaced during restoration.
Everything from the frame to the engine has been painted, polished, buffed or replaced.
Clear title, up to date Oklahoma tag.
Many NOS parts including exhaust system.
Carburetors rebuilt.
Fork tubes replaced.
Brake calipers and master cylinders have all been rebuilt.
Halogen headlight from 82 model.
Custom led bar graph voltmeter installed.
New alternator rotor and stator.
Many of the original wire connectors have been replaced with reproductions for good electrical connections.
New seat cover.
New battery.
New tires.
New steering bearings and cups.
New chain.
New Handlebars.
NOS valve cover gasket.
NOS side cover gaskets.
NOS fuel petcock.
NOS exhaust system for 82 model.
New 1982 decal set because I liked the wider 1982 stripes better then the thin 1980 ones.
High quality activated urethane paint on tank, side covers, headlight bucket, rear seat extension and front fender.
Parts were stripped to bare metal, primed with high quality 2k primer, painted with 3 coats of Jet Black paint, decals installed then all was followed with 4 coats of custom clear. No need to worry about premature fading, peeling or accidental gasoline drips on the decals.
Much more. Too much to remember. Ask any questions before bidding.

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Fully restored and needs nothing he says.

Click here for a the auction.

~Buck

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1974 Honda CB 750 K

Pretty clean green machine. As time moves on, early CB750’s as original as this one will become harder and harder to find. Considering Honda’s place in race bike history buying one of these and hanging onto it just makes good sense. I mean, you can’t ride your 401k to the pub. Why not put some eggs in the fun investment basket. This bike is a pretty low cost investment sure to give a nice return of fun and a little on value. It’s not that super rare or unique, it’s a plain Jane that will go for an affordable price. Perfect for the person wanting to add to or start a collection on a budget.

1974 Honda CB750 For Sale on eBay

Here’s the seller’s description.

We are professional mechanics, and completed all of the work on this bike. This bike is in great original condition.
Great running condition
Starts easily and runs like a clock
Good title
When we found it ,it had been in storage for years
To put it back in service we:
Removed and rebuilt carbs
New fuel line and filters
New oil filters and oil
New battery
Rebuilt front forks-new seals, new boots, and new oil
Dismantled and cleaned running gear
Cleaned oil and fuel tank
Cleaned ignition parts
Replaced plugs
Repaired wires
Tires very good cond., 80% rubber
Restored and repainted both side covers matte black
Gas tank is original with two small pings less than the size of a dime, very hard to notice
Missing one side cover badge
Seat cover is very good but has one small slit approx. one quarter inch long, it is hard to notice
Chrome is very good with very slight pitting in places, but it cleaned up very well
Frame and suspension in very good condition
Mileage is unknown because somewhere along the line someone changed the speedometer and it is not the original one
It is a beautiful original condition motorcycle
Please call if you have any questions.

The starting bid is about what I’d pay for it if I were looking for a CB750. There’s a chance you could get it for that or if there’s no bidders this time around maybe it’ll be listed for a slightly lower price next week. It’s roll of the dice with better odds than letting day traders play with your hard earned money. 🙂

Start riding your retirement plan on the weekends by clicking here.

~Buck

1970 Honda CR 750

For Sale: 1970 Honda CR 750

Wow – how gorgeous is this build? Somebody clearly spent a lot of time going through a lot of little details. The end result is a stunning bike fit for a nice parking spot in the den. And while it clearly looks the part for the racetrack – and I’m sure has performance to match – I would personally be afraid of every little bug splatter, every potential rock chip, every speck of brake dust, and the awful possibility of dropping this thing on the tarmac. This bike is a beauty that looks way fast just standing still!

From the seller:
Honda CR 750 .Built in 2010.

Engine has many modifications, Racing Camshaft, ported and gas flowed head, total loss Boyer ignition. lightened crank. Generator and starter removed. Front forks overhauled, double disc brakes, rear brake is cable operated, Alloy rims front and rear, Shortened frame. Swarbrick megaphone exhaust. engine is narrowed, Avon tires. Central location of battery, Alloy oil tank. Race fairing in Honda factory colors. Ready to Race.

The world of vintage racebikes is very hot right now. The whole Cafe bike craze (which you can see here at our sister site) started as a result of kids wanting to make their streetbikes more like the racebikes they saw on the track. The CR750 is one of the iconic, classic racers: Long front fairing, short rear overhang, spoked wheels and a wide, four cylinder engine.

This particular build has a lot of trick parts and fabrication. Note the narrowed engine covers, allowing for greater cornering clearance. Check out the four open carbs with velocity stacks. Drool over the clip-ons, the headers and the bodywork. Yeah, you know you want one just like this. The best part is: this one is available!

I know you think that you will need to visit your friendly neighborhood lender, mortgage the house, raid the kids’ college fund, and empty your 401k for this baby – but not so. The opening ask is $6k, with the BIN set at $8,000. That is less cash than a restored sand cast CB750, and this one is spotless. For more info and pictures, click on the link and jump over the the auction. This bike is really worth a look!

MI