Bonhams : c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878

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Lot 488N
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered Engine no. CB450E-4121878

Sold for £ 8,050 (US$ 10,378) inc. premium
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered
Engine no. CB450E-4121878
The Japanese motorcycle industry first made an impact outside its homeland with small-capacity commuter bikes and lightweights, and for many years the view prevailed in North America and Europe that they were incapable of building effective large-capacity machines. The arrival of the Honda CB450 in 1965 should have dispelled any lingering doubts about Japan's intention to compete in all sectors of the market. Known affectionately as the 'Black Bomber' after its black finish, the CB450 was Honda's largest model when launched and capitalised on experience gained with a succession of smaller-capacity 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. With a top speed of over 100mph and a standing quarter-mile time in the 14-second bracket, the refined CB450 sounded the death knell, not just for the traditional British '500' but for the entire UK motorcycle industry which, ever complacent, found itself at an ever-increasing disadvantage in the all-important US marketplace.

This CB450-engined machine has been built for classic racing. A sticker applied to the frame reads 'Manufactured in N Ireland Bartel Automotive Engineering', while another on the fairing relates to the 1999 Vintage Races at Daytona. The machine is offered with a US auction bill of sale (2004) and German correspondence.

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c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
c.1970 Honda CB450 Racing Motorcycle Engine no. CB450E-4121878
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