- Honda CB750
Honda CB750 Manufacturer Honda Production 1969–2003, 2007 Class Sport bike or standard Engine SOHC air-cooled straight four (1969-1978)
DOHC air-cooled straight 4 (1979–2003, 2007)
Top speed 125 mph (201 km/h) Power
68 hp (51 kW) @ 8,500 rpm (1969) 67 hp (50 kW) @ 8,000 rpm(DIN), 
Torque 44 ft·lbf (60 N·m) @ 7,000 rpm Transmission 5-speed Suspension Front: telescopic forks
Rear: swingarm with two spring/shock units.
Brakes Front disc / Rear drum Tires Front: 3.25" x 19"
Rear: 4.00" x 18"
Rake, Trail 3.7 in (94 mm) Wheelbase 57.3 in (1,460 mm) Dimensions L 85 in (2,200 mm)
W 35 in (890 mm)
H 44 in (1,100 mm)
Seat height 31 in (790 mm) Weight 491 lb (223 kg) (wet) Fuel capacity 4.7 US gal (18 l; 3.9 imp gal)
The Honda CB750 is a motorcycle built in several model series between 1969 and 2003 and 2007 that is recognized as a milestone for Honda's successful introduction of a transverse, overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine that has ever since been the dominant sport bike configuration. Though MV Agusta had sold such a model in 1965, and it had been used in racing engines before World War II, the CB750 is recognized as the four-cylinder sport bike that had a lasting impact and is often called the first superbike. The model is included in the AMA Hall of Fame Classic Bikes, the Discovery Channel's "Greatest Motorbikes Ever," and was in The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition, and is in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Honda of Japan introduced the CB750 motorcycle to the US and European markets in 1969 after experiencing success with their smaller motorcycles. The bike was targeted directly at the US market after Honda officials, including founder Soichiro Honda, repeatedly met with US dealers and understood the opportunity for a larger bike.
Under development for a year, the CB750 offered two unprecedented features, a front disc brake and a transverse straight-4 engine with an overhead camshaft, neither of which was previously available on a mainstream, affordable production bike. These two features, along with the introductory price of US$1,495 (US$8,956 in current money), gave the CB750 a considerable advantage over its competition, particularly its British rivals.
Cycle magazine called the CB750 "the most sophisticated production bike ever" upon its introduction. Cycle World called it a masterpiece, highlighting Honda's painstaking durability testing, the bike's 120 mph (190 km/h) top speed, the fade-free performance of the braking, the comfortable ride and excellent instrumentation.
The CB750 was the first modern four-cylinder machine from a mainstream manufacturer, and the term superbike was coined to describe it. The bike offered other important features that added to its compelling value: electric starter, kill switch, dual mirrors, flashing turn signals, easily maintained valves and overall smoothness and freedom from vibration both underway and at a standstill; later models (1991 on) included maintenance-free hydraulic valves. On the other hand, the bike was difficult to get on its center stand and tended to throw chain oil onto its muffler.
Unable to gauge demand for the new bike accurately, Honda limited its initial investment in the production dies for the CB750 by using a technique called permanent mold casting (often erroneously referred to as sandcasting) rather than diecasting for the engines – unsure of the bike's reception. The bike remained in the Honda lineup for ten years, with sales totaling over 400,000 in its life span.
The single overhead cam models were produced from 1969 through 1978.
- 1969 CB750K or CB750K0
- 1971 CB750K1
- 1972 CB750K2
- 1973 CB750K3 (US-only, K2 elsewhere)
- 1974 CB750K4 (US/Japan-only, K2 elsewhere)
- 1975 CB750K5 (US-only, K2/K4 elsewhere), CB750F, CB750A (Canada-only) The 1975 CB750F had a more streamlined look, thanks in part to a 4-into-1 exhaust and cafe style seat with fiberglass rear. Other changes included the use of a rear disc brake and a lighter crankshaft and flywheel.
- 1976 CB750K6, CB750F1, CB750A
- 1977 CB750K7, CB750F2, CB750A1
- 1978 CB750K8 (US-only), CB750F3, CB750A2
- 1979–1982 CB750K
- 1979 CB750K 10th Anniversary Edition (5,000 produced for U.S.)
- 1979–1982 CB750F
- 1980–1982 CB750C "Custom"
- 1982–1983 CB750SC Nighthawk
- 1984–1986 CB750SC Nighthawk (Horizon in Japan) (CB700SC Nighthawk "S" in U.S.)
- 1992-1997 CB750F2
- 1991–2003 CB750 Nighthawk
- 2007 CB750 (Japan-only)
CB750A Also called Hondamatic Production 1976–1978 Engine 736.6 cc (44.95 cu in) inline-four, SOHC air-cooled Bore / Stroke 61 × 63 mm (2.4 × 2.5 in) Compression ratio 7.7:1 Power 47 hp (35 kW) @ 7,500 rpm Torque 5.0 kg·m (49 N·m; 36 ft·lbf) @ 6,000 rpm Ignition type Coil Transmission Two speed, w/torque converter, chain Brakes Front: 296 mm (11.7 in) disc
Rear: 180 mm (7.1 in) drum
Tires Front: 3.5" x 19"
Rear: 4.5" x 17"
Wheelbase 58.1 in (1,480 mm) Dimensions L 89.0 in (2,260 mm)
W 33.7 in (860 mm)
Fuel capacity 18 l (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal)
In 1976, Honda introduced the CB750A to the United States, the A suffix implying "automatic." Although the two-speed transmission included a torque converter typical of an automatic transmission, the transmission did not automatically change gears for the rider. Each gear was selected by a foot-controlled hydraulic valve/selector (similar in operation as a manual transmission motorcycle). The foot selector controlled the application of high pressure oil to a single clutch pack (one clutch for each gear), causing the selected clutch (and gear) to engage. The selected gear would remain selected until changed by the rider, or the kickstand was lowered (which shifted the transmission to neutral).
The CB750A was sold in the North American market only. The name Hondamatic was shared with Honda cars of the 1970s, but the motorcycle transmission was not fully automatic. The design of the transmission is similar in concept to the transmission in Honda's N360AT, a kei car sold in Japan from 1967 to 1972.
The CB750A used the same engine as the CB750, but detuned with lower 7.7:1 compression and smaller carburetors producing a lower output, 47.0 hp (35.0 kW). The same oil was used for both the engine and transmission, and the engine was changed to a wet sump instead of dry sump type. A lockout safety device prevented the transmission from moving out of neutral if the side stand was down. There was no tachometer but the instruments did include a fuel gauge and gear indicator. For 1977 the gearing was revised, and the exhaust changed to a four into two with a silencer on either side. Due to slow sales the model was discontinued in 1978, though Honda did later introduce smaller Hondamatic motorcycles (namely the CB400A, CM400A, and CM450A).
From 1982 through 2003, with the exception of several years, Honda produced a CB750 known as the Nighthawk 750. Early models were designated as the CB750SC Nighthawk while later models were simply known as the Nighthawk 750. The Nighthawk 750 features a 4-stroke engine with a 5-speed manual transmission, and has front disc and rear drum brakes.
In 2007, Honda Japan announced the sale of a new CB750 very similar to the models sold in the 1970s. Announced as the CB 750 Special Edition which is in the silver colors of the CB 50 AMA racer of the 1970s, and the CB750, offered in three color schemes reminiscent of CB750s sold previously. As of August 2007[update], these bikes have only been announced for the Japan domestic market.
Model Engine displacement Fuel system Cam Valves per cylinder Power Torque Weight Drive 1969 CB750 Four   736 cc (44.9 cu in)  4 carburetors  SOHC  2 67 bhp (50 kW) @ 8,000 rpm    59.8 Nm (44.12 ft·lbf) @ 7,000 rpm  218 kilograms (480 lb)  5 Speed, Constant Mesh, Gearbox, Final Drive Chain  1976–1978 CB750A  736 cc (44.9 cu in) 4 carburetors SOHC 2 47 hp (35 kW) @ 7,500 rpm  5.0 kg·m (49 N·m; 36 ft·lbf) @ 6,000 rpm  262 kg (580 lb)  Two-speed w/torque converter, chain 1978 CB750K12  748 cc (45.6 cu in) 4 carburetors DOHC 4 65 hp (48 kW) @ 9000 RPM 5.9 kg·m (58 N·m; 43 ft·lbf) @ 7000 RPM 231 kg (510 lb) Dry 5 Speed, Constant Mesh, Gearbox, Final Drive Chain 1979-1980 CB750F (RC04)  748 cc (45.6 cu in) 4 carburetors  DOHC  4 68 hp (51 kW) @ 9000 RPM  5.9 kg·m (58 N·m; 43 ft·lbf) @ 8000 RPM 228 kg (500 lb) Dry  5 Speed, Constant Mesh, Gearbox, Final Drive Chain  1980–1982 CB750C Custom 748 cc (45.6 cu in) 4 carburetors  DOHC  4 65 hp (48 kW) @9000 RPM  5.9 kg·m (58 N·m; 43 ft·lbf) @ 7000 RPM  236 kg (520 lb) dry
 ~252 kg (560 lb) wet
5 Speed, Constant Mesh, Gearbox, Final Drive Chain  1981 CB750F 748 cc (45.6 cu in) 4 carburetors DOHC 4 70 hp (52 kW) 536 lb (243 kg) Chain 1982–1983 CB750SC (Nighthawk) 749 cc (45.7 cu in) 4 carburetors DOHC 4 66.57 hp (49.64 kW) @ 9,000 rpm 41.54 ft·lbf (56.32 N·m) @ 7,500 rpm 573.5 lb (260.1 kg) wet 5-speed, chain See also Honda CB700SC 1991–1993, 1995–2003 CB750 (Nighthawk) 747 cc (45.6 cu in) 4 Keihin 34 mm Constant Vacuum carburetors DOHC 4 75 hp (56 kW) @ 8,500 rpm 64 N·m (47 ft·lbf) @ 7,500 rpm 463 lb (210 kg) Chain 2007 CB750 747 cc (45.6 cu in) VENAC DOHC 4 74 hp (55 kW) @ 8,500 rpm 64 N·m (47 ft·lbf) @ 7,500 rpm 520 lb (240 kg) Chain
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