CB750 Articles

Date Publication Title 1968 Cycle World Report from Japan 1969 Cycle Guide Honda Street Four 1969 Cycle Guide Honda’s Fire Engine 1969 Cycle World Honda CB750 Road Test 1969 Cycle Easy Riding 1969 Hot Rod Magazine (5/69) Honda’s Big 4 1969 Motorcycle World The 750cc Honda Four 1970 Cycle Guide (7/70) The Only Way is the Right Way (A Guide to Tuning the CB750) 1972 Cycle Guide (10/72) Boosting A Biggie 1972 Cycle Guide (11/72) CB750K2 Super Bike Showdown 1973 Cycle (11/73) Honda CB750 K3 Road Test 1973 Cycle Guide (7/73) CB750K3 Road Test 1973 Cycle World (5/73) Dunstall Honda 750 Road Test 1974 Cycle Guide (12/74) CB750K5 Road Test 1974 Cycle Guide (5/74) Dunstall Honda 900 1974 Cycle World (7/74) 974 Rickman 750 Cafe Road Test 1977 Cycle Honda CB750 F2 & CB750 K7 Comparison 1977 Motorcyclist Hitting Highway 1, Tour Testing: Honda CB750K (also KZ650, GS750, XS750) 1978 Cycle Guide (9/78) Bound for Heaven 1981 Motorcyclist (8/81) Updating the Honda CB750 1994 Old Bike Journal (10/94) Milestone Motorcycle, 1969 “Sandcast” Honda CB750 2010 Bikebros (3/2010) Japanese original Richard Bean Speed Equipment for the CB750 Yoshimura CB750 Daytona Special Ben Hiles (cben750f1) Dual Disk Conversion

CB750 History

25TH ANNIVERSARY ARTICLES This is a series of articles that tells the story of the 9 year history of the CB750, the bike that arguably had the greatest impact on motorcycling of any single model.


History The CB750 was an historic motorcycle often recognized as the most important motorcycle of the 20th Century. From this revolutionary bike, Honda developed a complete line of reliable four cylinder motorcycles to become the largest motorcycle company in the world and usher in an era of Japanese dominance in the industry.


History The small Honda FOUR was initially intended to be two models, a 250cc and 350cc model. In the end, it was judged that the performance of a 250 would be disappointing, due to internal friction losses that were beyond the technology of the time, so only the 350cc four was put into production.


History There was never much bad to say about the Honda 500 Four, so why enlarge its bores by a mere 2.5 millimeters to make a 550? Several reasons: first, and probably the least important, is the presence of Suzuki’s 550 - Honda didn’t want to lose any sales over a piffling 50ccs; second, the consumer woudld be more likely to absorb a price increase to $1,600 without squawking if their getting more motorcycle for the money; and, third, the extra displacement - tiny as it is (a guppy could barely turn around in a 50cc fishbowl) - actually added a noticeable amount of mid-range power and torque.


History Having established four-cylinder credentials with the CB750, Honda undertook the tricky business of making the layout work as effectively in smaller engine sizes. The second type of Honda FOUR, the CB500 was intended as a more elegant sports bike for the mature rider which still retained the essence of the original.

Police Bikes

Honda produced two SOHC/4 police bike variants, the CB750P and the CB550P. CB750P This brochure, featured on the Northern Territory Police Museum site is for a later model bike. The BikeBros features these detailed photos of a 1970 Japanese CB750P.


The SOHC/4 bikes and engines found their way into use in many unusual ways. CB750 Lawn Tractor This CB750 lawn tractor can be seen and heard in this video on metacafe.

Cafe Racers

The Cafe Racer motorcycle style started in early 1960’s London with an emphasis on lightweight motorcycles optimized for speed and handling. The distinctive style, based on early GP road racing bikes, generally featured low-mounted handlebars, swept-back pipes, and rear-set footpegs.


History Design and development of the CB400F model commenced in 1973 as a refinement of the CB350 with the aim of achieving better overall performance and creating a distinctive style for the smaller fours.