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Benelli 125 SE

CBX, Z1300, Sei — The Six Trio

The 70s saw something or had something was never replicated on any era previous or to it. It was in the 70s that Benelli, Honda and released 6 cylinder engines for production. 6 cylinders were never heard of before the mid 60s and now, barring the Honda like Rune, Goldwing or the Evo6it is difficult remember any with 6 cylinders.

And way back in the people had a choice of 3 superb machines.

Of course, the most of the trio was the HONDA CBX, a as legendary as the brand itself. came to the world in full in the early 60s and had established themselves the CB series, the 750, 550, and the likes. But through the late 60s and 70s, Honda didn’t do except giving newer of the same bikes. There was new, in fact Honda was for innovations, but these years, was up to nothing.

Or was it?

Mr. Tadashi Kume, the Director of Honda Research and knew the unrest among and in general motorcycle fans.

were rumours speculating and knew that Honda was something, but nobody had any clue as to it is. So Kume then released it… the fastest bike ever the Big Daddy of all, a brute 24 valve with four camshaft, the CBX-Six. The bike was fast.

The letters CB followed by a X became known all over the world as a must-have commodity, the to own and certainly the bike to ride. was a standard everyday bike was an excellent tourer, very fast and all sorts of things you have wanted in a bike in the This was ‘it’.

Critics revved its technical the masses lapped it left and

So how did it come into production? Honda had their 250cc and 6 cylinder GP race engines by Shoichiro Irimajiri. He was the project of the CBX and believe it or not, he had designed a 2 bike (of course GP spec) went all the way up to 23000 rpm from its 50cc engine!

He also a 125cc five. At those Yamaha and Suzuki were the charts with the … 2 and to be competitive, Honda had to bring in the 5 and 6 bikes. The CBX-Six is a direct of those race engines. So, the CBX only 18 months for production. But the initially showed that has been rather too quick.

were issues but the world that the CBX is going to be the one bike will turn on a new era in motorcycling.

The CBX in the stage had 2 models the one which out and another with four which was also had a 1000cc The in-line four produced 98 inside compared to 103 (measured at the for what eventually came So why was the 6 preferred? Simple because it good. Actually, because the engine size was same, the 6 would have a better of power.

And of course, it sounded good!

now how to fit the massive engine? Irimajiri Norimoto Otsuka (Honda’s Designer for Honda motorcycles in North America and Europe) on Lots of thinking, engines forward, need of cornering as it being a high-performance sporting and all, the CBX fought through all

What came out was something The bike was blindingly fast, but it was so that one won’t even it if not for the speedometer. The torque was even and It was capable of very high handling and remember! this was not a bike, but rather a standard bike.

The point is that it was of everything.

Extremely comfortable easy handlebars and there was a covered fuse box mounted on the top clamp. Lots of power the big engine and thanks to the in-line 6, was no mentionable vibration. But it never the rider forget that it is a big heavy bike.

So it also an experienced rider. Well, had that thing in mind the CBX was meant for experienced riders. You can imagine how big the engine will be and are not going to be easy… but actually thought about that

You see, when 1000cc is by 6 engines instead of 4, the engine are smaller and by law of physics, a Six with a exhaust can get by with smaller, mufflers than a comparable and smaller mufflers have of a chance to drag the ground larger ones. To reduce of the bike, some of the essentials made of aluminum like clamps, spoke wheels or like the front fender, had tires, wet sump instead of dry etc.

Okay, we all know about the CBX or less, right, so let’s get to interesting and relevant stuff. The brakes were of entirely world. As mentioned Honda that by and large, the Honda CBX be bought by experienced riders, the 5mm-thick front rotors are the GLl000; the rear rotor is to the CBX and has been thoroughly trimmed for Front calipers are from the the rear is the same as the GL’s.

makes the CBX’s front unique is its extraordinarily powerful, action. A very interesting is that initially, the Honda spent days at a air base in Japan recording the sound of jet fighters and then replicated the sound on the CBX. But later Mr.

rejected Irimajiri’s concept and the note was changed to make a Porsche like sound! On the front, it is a fact that the can accelerate uphill from 15 mph in gear without a hitch and like that, it can twitch and in mountain roads like a 400 bike when it tipped the at almost 600 pounds.

It had its shortcomings, well if you can call that, you see, it was kind of a 35mpg, but that was expected, the thing was that your would not really like with 24 valves each you wanted a thorough service or he like re-synchronizing the six carburetors Such a massive bike extraordinary front brakes meant frequent tyre but the fact is you knew what you are into, there were no and probably for all these reasons, expected the CBX buyers to be the … type. All in all, here was bike, devastating engine brilliant high-speed handling, cornering capabilities for a bike of stature and many a critics has it to GP bikes, but why not, after all it was from one!

Engine 1047cc, Air cooled, four transverse six cylinder. DOHC, 4 per cylinder

Bore x Stroke 64.5 x 53.4 mm

Compression — 9.3:1

Max Power -85hp @ 9000 rpm 52.27 @ 6500 rpm

Dry-Weight — 247 kg

average — 39 mpg

Top Speed 218.8 km/h

And then we have here! First is that it is a KAWASAKI. Once you realize that, you know now to expect.

Yes, Kawasaki has a name for itself in making the bikes like the H1, K2 750 and the Z900, so it was their reputation to keep it. Kawasaki wanted something to the CBX, so it made the K 1300 everything big. It had more higher top speed. weighed was bigger and costlier but in making big, the big Honda got an advantage of handling, something very in big bikes.

But for what it was/ is, the Kawasaki K was the uncrowned king of the streets. on the K1300 started as early as and the motto was to bring back the bike’ title to Kawasaki. It was simple.

It was all in the drawing board the new or future king would at least a 1200cc engine 6 cylinders. Work began and it was found out that due to the sheer of the proposed bike, the engine has to be increased and so it was increased a further and at the time of launch, they it as Z 1300. Of course, during the the sheer, as mentioned even in the CBX was a problem and here it was even a engine.

The size limits and not to mention the incoming wind So the option was having a water unit which would give the provision of diminishing the in between the cylinders. This drastically cut the total width of the engine. Another advantage of cooling is that it provides sound insulation and this six is notably quiet and smooth few peers in this respect.

And of to cut the wind, it could also be faired now although that was not as an option as it would have away the ‘street-bike’ tag. was another difficulty and it was in accommodating the one carburetor for each cylinder, so the was made to use three twin-choke carburetors which resulted compact and fitted underneath the tank without impeding the

Power is transmitted through a gearbox to a shaft drive, on the right-hand side of the bike. For a of this size with 120 hp, drive would not be a good And even to stop this 2 disc are just not enough, so it got with one in the rear.

The bike is to a top whack of 135 mph in top gear with a more to come at the expense of the red zone at the rpm meter. The quarter is easily achieved in 11 seconds. good figures for a non-sports It has a comfortable saddle which (as mentioned) you can take it for tours.

achieved at what it intended to, the bike on the streets or to put it in their ‘the king of the streets’.


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