2022 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction

1976 Honda CB750 Motorcycle





Engine Four-cylinder, 736cc
Gearbox 5-speed-manual
Colour Candy Antares Red
Trim Black
Wheels Wire spoked
Brakes Discs

Notice (Form 11)


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Often referred to as the world's first superbike, Honda raised the bar to new levels with the introduction of the CB750 in 1969, the advanced specification paving the way for future generations of superbikes. Created in response to demand from the American market and dealer network, Honda’s new road burner eclipsed every other bike on the market; fed by quad carburettors, the transverse SOHC four-cylinder engine developed an impressive 68 horsepower at 8500 rpm, enough for a top speed of around 200 km/h. A five-speed gearbox, four-into-four exhaust and a front disc brake were all notable features and the original 1969 model was sold in Candy Ruby Red, Candy Blue Green or Candy Gold.  The original K0 variant used sandcast alloy cases but the subsequent K1 offered in 1970-1971 used more conventionally cast items, along with a twin cable throttle system and new colours. Honda’s flagship model received rave reviews and was soon selling in large numbers. The CB750 underwent a major revision in 1975, including the introduction of a rear disc brake, lighter crankshaft and flywheel. A new variant, the CB750F Super Sport boasted a more streamlined appearance, using a seat with a fibreglass tail section and a 4-into-1 exhaust system. The original styling last for one further year, the 1976 K6 becoming the last of the traditional-looking CB750s; sold in Candy Antares Red only, it was the first year of the green-faced instruments. Production ultimately continued until 1979 and Honda’s rocket ship is now becoming one of the most collectible early Japanese superbikes of all.