The Official Buying Guide — Honda CB 750

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Honda CB 750

History of the Honda CB750

The was originally built to fulfill the of US and European Honda dealers who saw the for a larger capacity motorcycle to on the likes of Harley-Davidson, Norton and Honda officials (including the founder of Honda – Soichiro were a little reticent to anything with an engine too large – the largest Honda available at the time was a 450cc twin.

Between 1968 and the RD team at Honda set about a transverse, overhead camshaft, 4-cylinder engine to power new bike. This engine was to an all new 5-speed transmission, the engine was with 4 carburettors (one for cylinder) and was capable of 68hp, of torque, a top speed of over and a 1/4 mile time of 13 seconds.

specifications were revolutionary. the bike was first put on sale in the word “superbike” was coined to it, it cost just $1,495 USD (

in 2013) which gave it a price advantage over its and it came as standard with disc brakes, a reliable excellent handling and enough to beat almost anything on 2 (or 4). The Honda CB750 stayed in from 1969 till and is today viewed as the “Godfather” of superbikes.

It’s vitally important anyone looking to buy themselves a be at least a little familiar the extraordinary history of the model and the it’s had on motorcycles over the 40+ years.

Choosing a Model

The early CB750s are highly with collectors and vintage enthusiasts, they had engines had been made using mold casting (due to uncertainly about the orders the bike would receive), means that they always as well-made as the later years. The first “series” of was the SOHC (single overhead production run that was built 1969 and 1978, these are considered the “original” CB750. 1979 and 2003 the DOHC overhead camshaft) CB750s saw production numbers and are now by far the most model variant that see on the street.

Choosing a Model Designation

The had a production run of over 400,000 the model variations over its 34 lifespan were far reaching so it can be a idea to get a grasp of what the “sub-models” were inside the up.

Outline of Model Designations

* to 2003 CB750 Nighthawk

CB750 Buying Tips

The Approach

If possible, buy two bikes of one. Even if one of them has no is totally unrideable and won’t – it’ll be an invaluable source of parts and will also a test-bed for big jobs. For example – if you to replace the piston rings you can it on your spare bike then once you’ve got it out you can do the same job on your main

This twin-bike approach also save a lot you money in the run, a non-titled bike can be for the same price as 2 or 3 spare

The Carburettor Conundrum

Carburettors are tricky on the CB750, it’s to get all four dialled in properly and will tell you that almost impossible to get them properly with pods carburettor mounted air-filters). aficionados will tell you to damn sure you get a bike the original airbox still whilst this is good I have seen CBs with and well-tuned carburettors – so it is possible to do – but going to need patience, and patient friends.

Double or

DOHC vs SOHC – This is the single decision you’ll The pre-78 bikes are all SOHC and exceedingly popular with racer builders, the post-78 are all DOHC and they’re popular due to the that they’re a little reliable and offer slightly performance.

The Electricals

The electrics, the charging system, is going to your attention. This for all model designations but especially the DOHC models. Make that all the onboard electrical are working and that the bike is correctly.

Honda CB 750

Ask the seller if they’ve replaced the rotor windings, if they you’ll need to roll up sleeves and do it yourself sooner than later.

As with all motorcycle purchases there are a few things you need to take a look at:

1. Take a very look (get photographs if at the chain and sprockets, check for damage and chain issues.

2. Ask the about the cam chains, are they set and not too loose?

3. Ask the seller about the and rear suspension. Does it up and down evenly without How’s the rebound?

4. Have the check and report on ALL the electrical High-beam, low-beam, all four brake light, horn, and starting. If certain electrical aren’t working, be very

This can be good a sign of a headache further down the

5. Make sure you plan to the consumables ASAP after This includes brake battery, tires, spark oil and filters – if you want to be really the chain, gaskets and control should also be changed. You never, ever trust tires or brake pads, if the owner tells you they’re


You have a few big choices to when selecting your do you want an original ’69 model, a SOHC model or a post-78 Your budget will some of this for you but you can expect to a good bike for anywhere a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand if set your heart on a mint-condition model.

No matter which you choose, you’re going to be one of the most iconic motorcycles made. Obviously, you’ll to be ready to roll up your and get your hands dirty, but half the reason we all ride in the first place.

Do you own a Honda CB750? What would you give to someone to purchase one? Guides this are built on the advice, and experience of people just you, so if you have some or tricks that should be in this Buyer’s Guide, me an email – – and I’ll it to include your sage

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