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1964 Honda Superhawk CB77

10/25/2012 9:46:38 AM

Tags: classic japanese motorcycles, barber's best, classic honda motorcycles

 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk 

1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled twin-cylinder 4-stroke with 180 degree crank
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 28.5 bhp @ 9,000rpm
Bore & Stroke: 60x54mm
Displacement: 305cc
Valves: Single overhead camshaft, chain driven
Fuel System: Two Keihin slide-type carburetors
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear twin leading show drums
Weight: 350lb
Top Speed: 95mph

1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk 

Honda set new standards when they introduced the Hawk models. Performance was equal or better than the British 500cc machines, and the quality and reliability quickly convinced enthusiasts that the Japanese invasion would drastically change the motorcycle scene.

1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk 



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Russell
1/10/2014 3:12:12 PM
As I tried to say in my previous "post" I agree - the 250 scrambler has one of the sweetest sounding exhaust tones I've heard. The 305 Super Hawk is also very nice over 6000 rpm with wide open throttle. Incidentally, the carb throat is so big on the 305 that you *need* to be over 6000 rpm before the engine will accept full throttle without bogging.

Russell
1/7/2014 9:22:58 PM
250 sc

Frank Sturges
8/12/2013 2:39:58 AM
OK...if everyone can stand a Super Hawk story: My dad bought a new 250 Hawk in 1965 when I was 13. It hooked me on Honda. In 1970 I bought a used CB 77 that had been used for a trail bike, but it was all I could afford. It had a 42 tooth sprocket on it, and the rear shocks were shot. After changing the sprocket, I rode if from Mobile, AL to prep school in PA, and rebuilt it in "shop" during my senior year. In March of '71 I rode it down to Daytona for bike week, meeting my dad there. I traded it in for almost nothing in '72 for new CB 450. I'll always have warm memories of the Hawks and Super Hawks. It's great to see the restoration jobs.

Russell Dawkins
3/7/2013 8:09:04 PM
The instrument nacelle is also not correct for 1964, I think. Mine had two counter-rotating needles, each moving through 180º only, with zero at the bottom and 12,000 rpm/120mph at the top. With top gear at 10 mph/1000rpm, you could as easily read the tach for speed in 4th. I remember seeing 11,700 rpm/117mph after being flat out for about 5 minutes on the prairies with the throttle friction stop holding it wide open, the handlebar friction tightened, my feet on the back pegs and steering by holding the top ends on the forks - all to keep my wind resistance low. There was about a 40 mph tailwind from about 40º off my rear end, and I was wearing shorts, t-shirt, wrap around sunglasses and no helmet. I cringe when I think of this - this was in 1966 and I was in the midst of jet flying training in the RCAF (Canadian Forces) in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. After about 10 straight minutes of absolutely flat out running I expected I may have damaged the engine, but to my surprise when I slowed down for the city, the engine ran as if I had done nothing unusual.

Rusty McFarland
11/5/2012 4:05:27 PM
I noticed the forks. I assumed they mis-dated the bike or used later model forks. When did Honda introduce the seat with the lip at the front (that curves up the rear of the tank) and did those seats use the old style "hooks" for the seat strap? Also, did all blue CB77's have blue seats? I have a very nice, original blue '68 that I picked up at the Barber swap meet this year (2012).

Spyderman
11/1/2012 6:29:35 PM
I purchased a '64 305 Super Hawk to replace my first bike, a Honda 250 Scrambler, purchased used in 1963 as a first bike. I had never ridden a motorcycle prior to the purchase of that used bike with such an incredible sound. I remember paying $625 for bike (helmet included) and riding it home with no problems, other than trying to keep away from cars. I held onto the bike for the better part of a year, then decided that the bike was too slow for freeway use, after which the new 305 got placed into the garage. The bike was so simple and easy to ride. I miss it, even after all these years. I now own a lovely as-new Honda GB500TT.

William Silver
11/1/2012 2:33:51 PM
The bike has Type 2 forks from 1966 years. A 1964 bike would have steel, frame colored forks.



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