1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222

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Lot 118
1972 Honda CB750
Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222

US$ 4,000 - 7,000
£ 3,100 - 5,400
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1972 Honda CB750
Frame no. CB750-2027067
Engine no. CB750E-2034222
Soichiro Honda began motorcycle production in 1946, with a batch of Japanese army surplus engines which he built into motorcycles; he then started to produce his own engines along similar lines. These first engines were two-strokes, and amazingly, for a company which later became so associated with technical innovation, the machine was a throwback, in terms of its frame layout, girder forks, and belt drive, to the machines of the early twentieth century. Development and expansion continued apace throughout the 1950s, and in the latter part of that decade began to register in the consciousness of the British public, particularly when the factory sent a team to compete in the TT in 1959.

The model range evolved throughout the 1960s, and, for most of the decade, the largest machine to appear in it was the CB450 twin. Then, in 1969, they released what most consider the first 'superbike' – their ground-breaking, four-cylinder, overhead camshaft 750. This machine ran through the seventies and, although copied by others, was arguably never bettered.

Titled with the model number CB750, the first single overhead cam fours ran from their introduction in 1969 to 1971. At that point there was a change to the model and, after a few intermediate K0 models, the new K1 appeared with improvements to the carburetor linkages, side panels, and airbox. On the following K2 models, which appeared in 1972, there were more changes; mainly to fork shrouds, silencers, and switchgear.

This is a stock bike mildly 'clubman-ized' with a fiberglass tank – 'ABSTAND 100M' is German for 'stand back 100 meters' – custom seat, clip-ons, exhaust, foot pegs, speedometer, and wheels. It has been re-wired and has a new chain, some seals and bearings installed in 2011.

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1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
1972 Honda CB750 Frame no. CB750-2027067 Engine no. CB750E-2034222
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