1966 CB77 Super Hawk

“You meet the Nicest people on a Honda” was how Honda got their foot in the door, the Super Hawk may have been the first scream heard once they got through the door. Looking at it you might not see the future of Honda, with bikes like the RC30 to come, but the CB77 was a capable little machine, and one with potential.

First offer in 1961 the 305cc Super Hawk was the bigger brother to the 247cc Dream Sport. The Hawks 28.5 hp would push the little bike and rider to 90mph at the 9000rpm limit. A ride review in the 1961 MotorCycle was able to get 96mph and they did the math for a theoretical 103mph. The sellers offered multiple sprockets, so this bike has the possibility to reach these theoretical speeds.

From the seller

            All the electrical works (including the neutral light).
Both push-button and kick-start (not welded).
All new cables (along with all the original cables).
New fuel lines.
3 rear sprockets (original 32, NOS 32, and new 34 teeth rear sprocket that is currently on the bike).
2 sets of tank badges (original “Honda 300” set and new “Honda” set – currently on the bike).
2 sets of handlebars (original upright bars and and replica euro-bars – as pictured).
2 sets of mirrors (stock mirrors and bar end mirrors – currently on the bike, but pictured).
2 sets of air filters (original vintage air filters and UNI pod air filters-currently on the bike).
1 set of new hand grips (on the bike).
1 Honda CB 250 – 300cc repair manual.
Tires (Avons – less than a year old – plus the original tires from 1966).
chain (less than a year old – plus the original chain from 1966).
battery (less than a year old).

If you want to get racing parts for your 2011 Honda, there are many aftermarket vendors that you can go to. In the 1960’s you could go to your dealer, open up the parts book to the “CBY” section and start shopping. Tanks, cams, bars, exhaust. One stop shopping to turn you road bike into a road racer. I imagine today these factory race parts would be hard, if not impossible to come by.

If you find yourself contemplating , read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair” the author Robert Persig wrote and rode on his own CB77.