In 1976, Honda introduced the “Hondamatic” variant of the immensely popular CB750. The model was known as the CB750A and it featured a two-speed torque converter that allowed a rider to switch between Low or Drive (shown on the dash as 1 or 2) while stopped. It wasn’t very popular, and after 1978 the model was killed off. Only 1,700 examples were built in 1978, and it’s likely that all of them have more miles on them than this example. This bike shows just 994 miles on the odometer, and it looks to be in decent shape.
One of the reasons for the lack of popularity was that Honda had to detune the motor by 20 horsepower to ensure that the Hondamatic system would be reliable. It made the entire bike heavy and slow (47 horsepower, 536 pounds), and those aren’t adjectives you typically associate with commercially successful motorcycles. Harley haters, make your jokes now. For more on the Hondamatic, check out this story on Motorcycle Classics.
This example was recently serviced with a tune up, new fork seals, and a rechroming of the exhaust pipes. Find this low mileage CB750A for sale here on Craigslist in Mesa, Arizona for $4,200 or best offer.
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