1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB 750 1059606 Engine no. CB750E1060074

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Lot 206
1970 Honda CB750 K0
Frame no. CB 750 1059606 Engine no. CB750E1060074

Sold for US$ 5,520 inc. premium
1970 Honda CB750 K0
Frame no. CB 750 1059606
Engine no. CB750E1060074
In a single decade, Soichiro Honda's Tokyo factories had gained a worldwide reputation for the production of lightweight two-wheelers of high performance and excellent quality, moving smoothly, with hardly a hiccup, from mopeds to high- performance twins. In 1969 they announced what seemed impossible at the time, a mass-production – for Honda didn't do low-volume – overhead-camshaft, transverse 'four' for the mass-market.

The new CB750 was no ground-breaker in terms of technology since the motor was a simple single-cam, eight-valve with less than 70bhp and standard running-gear for its time. Indeed, the handling favored the straight road rather than the curves and the four, it was gleefully said, could be seen off by the best 750s from Norton or BSA. So it could – but turbine-smooth up to around 9,000 rpm, it didn't make loud noises or leak oil and the handling and braking shortcomings did not concern the majority of its riders who found it a thriller. Made in hundreds of thousands it forced the other Japanese makers to follow suit and was the kiss of death for long-established firms.

This example, from the first full year of production, had been fully rebuilt to standard, other than an upgraded rear suspension, and is finished in Honda Aqua Blue to a very high standard before the vendor bought it in 2008. Since then the Honda has had little use and will therefore need recommissioning to a greater or lesser extent.

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1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB 750 1059606 Engine no. CB750E1060074
1970 Honda CB750 K0 Frame no. CB 750 1059606 Engine no. CB750E1060074
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