Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391

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Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit
1970 Honda CB750 K0

Frame no. CB750-1011574
Engine no. CB750E-1011391

Sold for US$ 18,400 inc. premium
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit
1970 Honda CB750 K0

Frame no. CB750-1011574
Engine no. CB750E-1011391

Here's a Honda CB750 Four with a unique history. Built in October, 1969, it's a genuine 1970 K0 model from the later "die-cast" production run. It was owned from 1993-2009 by former Cycle World Editor-in-Chief David Edwards, who purchased the bike from the original owner. The bike was then ridden across old Route 66 and featured in the magazine's May, 1993 story "West By CB750."

After its cross-country trip, the bike, showing less than 12,000 miles, was treated to a full restoration by Honda expert Kurt Winter, co-founder of the CB750 Preservation Society (build receipts included with sale). During restoration, all bodywork was replaced with NOS components in the correct candy turquoise, and Edwards' connections at Honda helped in the acquisition of a brand-new set of proper HM300 mufflers, a rare commodity. Likewise the old shocks gave way to NOS replacements and new DID rims were laced with stainless-steel spokes. A reproduction seat with the correct ducktail kick-up at the rear was fitted. The completed bike was featured in CW's "A Bike to Remember" tribute article on the CB750's 40th anniversary (magazine color proofs included in sale).

Now showing just a few hundred miles since restoration, the bike has nonetheless traveled extensively. In 1998 American Honda was so impressed with the CB750's presentation that they asked to borrow the bike for the company's 50th anniversary celebrations in New York City. It was ridden onto the stage at Radio City Music Hall as part of the festivities.

Two years later, the bike was back in the Big Apple, this time as one of the machines featured in the Guggenheim Museum's landmark "The Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit, at the time the most well-attended show ever at the museum. From there, the CB750 traveled with the exhibition for the next four years, going to the Field Museum in Chicago, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and the Guggenheim Las Vegas. A certificate from the Guggenheim and a museum catalog are included in sale.

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Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
Featured in the Guggenheim Museum "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit,1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB750-1011574 Engine no. CB750E-1011391
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