c.1969 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450K1E-4023542
Lot 224
c.1969 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. CB450K1E-4023542
Sold for €4,370 (US$ 5,795) inc. premium
Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • Honda CB450 « course » c.1969
    Moteur n° CB450K1E-4023542

    Affectueusement surnommée « la bombe noire » en raison de sa finition, la CB450, la plus grosse cylindrée proposée par Honda au moment de son lancement en 1965, bénéficiait des expériences acquises avec les bicylindres plus petites. Néanmoins, la CB450 se démarquait sur plusieurs points des pratiques habituelles de Honda, notamment par l'adoption de deux ACT, de soupapes rappelées par barres de torsion et de carburateurs à dépression constante. Le cadre tubulaire conventionnel – substitué à la traditionnelle poutre mécano-soudée de Honda – constituait une autre différence par rapport aux normes maison. Achetée à un collectionneur belge, cette CB450 préparée en vue de courir dans des épreuves classiques a été pilotée pour la dernière fois il y a un an environ. Décrite comme étant efficace et très rapide, la machine a reçu un réservoir et des jantes Morad en aluminium, des carburateurs Amal Mk2 Concentric et un frein quatre cames. La machine porte encore des stickers des diverses épreuves qu'elle a disputées dont les Southern 100 dans l'île de Man.
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