Post Sale Update: This CB750 sold for a best offer of $6,000 on eBay.
If I had to put a starting year on modern motorcycling, it would most likely be 1969. If I had to put an end year to European (and particularly) British supremacy on the motorcycle market, it would probably be 1969. Finally, if I had to designate a year where the Japanese motorcycle tsunami started to surge all around the globe, it would be 1969. Indeed, 1969 was the releasing year of the mighty Honda CB750 Four, a revolution on the market that clearly has a before and an after.
During the development of the bike, a few decisive guidelines were set. The first one was to ensure stability at cruising speeds between 85mph and 100mph. The second one was to provide an efficient and reassuring braking system. Then it was set that the bike had to create as little vibration as possible to make it pleasant on long trips. Every electrical component had to be reliable and make sure the rider was safe at any time. Finally, the bike had to be seductive with an appealing design and had to be easy and cheap to service.
On top of that, while high-cc motorcycles at the time were usually sold between $2,800 and $4,000, the CB was announced at $1,495. The initial MSRP ended up being around $1,800, which was still $1,000 less.
The CB750 was equipped with one of the most reliable drivetrains of the time, and it would serve as a base to many motorcycles of the 70s: the 4 cylinder 4 stroke coupled with a 5-speed transmission. With a displacement of 736cc, the powerplant produced 67hp at 8,000rpm, that would take the 480lb pound bike up to speeds above 125mph. The bike received an electric starter and kept the kick starter as well.
The CB750 presented here is in great un-restored condition showing just above 20k miles. Plus, the bike is claimed to have just one owner since new. A service has been done recently, notably with a new seat, fork seals and oil, brake system flushed, rebuilt and bled. Everything is supposed to be original and in good working condition.
Find this CB750 Four in Los Angeles California with a BIN of $6,500 or best offer