c.1969 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. CB450K1E-4023542
Known affectionately as the 'Black Bomber' after its black finish, the CB450 was Honda's largest model when launched in 1965 and capitalised on experience gained with a succession of smaller twins. Nevertheless, the CB450 departed from Honda's usual practice in a number of ways, in particular its use of twin overhead camshafts, torsion-bar valve springs and constant-velocity carburettors. The tubular frame - replacing Honda's traditional fabricated spine type - was another departure from the norm. Bought from a Belgian collector, this CB450 has been converted for classic racing and was last ridden approximately one year ago. Described as a good runner and very fast, the machine features an alloy fuel tank, Morad alloy wheel rims, Amal Concentric Mk2 carburettors and a double-sided 4LS front brake. It carries stickers relating to various events attended, including the Southern 100 in the Isle of Man.