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Motorcycle Poll: Which 750 Four would you buy?

by Richard Backus


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Which 750 Four would you buy?

When Honda launched the immortal CB750 Four back in 1969, it was so far ahead of the curve it took the rest of Japan’s Big Four years to catch up. First up was Suzuki with the GS750 in 1977, followed by Kawasaki with the KZ750 in 1980. Yamaha took even longer to join the party, announcing its first inline 750 four, the Seca, in 1981, 12 years after Honda’s CB750 came out. So the question is, if you were buying one today, which would it be? Click the link and vote now!  

 

berylliumjane
12/2/2010 11:45:04 PM

Honda, with out a doubt!


george haile
11/27/2010 1:06:14 PM

Was 14 and in the 9th grade 1n 1969 when I saw and heard my first Honda 750! My life was changed forever, I have owned many over the years,two brand new K8's , one today is drag raced quite regularly, it gets more attention than the Busas and Harleys!


billy monroe
11/18/2010 8:06:45 AM

I purchased a 1974 cb750 Four in 1982. It was my first Big bike that was 100% road worthy. I loved it and have many fond memories of time spent riding. Despite years of hard service and little in the way of preventive maintence (I changed the oil, oiled and adjusted the chain, and replaced tires,had to put in new fork seals) The old girl never let me down. I would love to own another one, if I could obtain one in the condition of the old '74. Handling may not compare with most modern bikes, but few bikes can match the character of the cb750 Four.


john anderson
11/14/2010 5:24:46 PM

I've run into both a honda 750 and a suzuki 750 with my pick-up and the suzuki man faired much better.


paul blouin
11/14/2010 8:43:47 AM

I was a Norton rider when the CB750 was king. Except for handling and acceleration, CB750's did most things as well or better than a Commando. Certainly they took less maintainance, and had better brakes. the GS750 Suzuki was ground breaking as the first multi with excellent handling. It also is much more robust to the point of being nearly unburstable. Many many are still on the road as riders, not as collector items. The GS1000 was groundbreaking as well as the best handling best suspended large bore Japanese bike up to that time. I happen to collect old motorcycle magazines from the 60's through 80's. Its amazing how Commandos Tridents were always quicker than CB750's in the tests, but most people believe otherwise. Still have the Commando I bought new as well, and the one my brother bought.


johndavid flightning
11/13/2010 7:48:29 PM

KAWASAKI H2???, i may Choose it also, but ThaT is not eVen ON the List DUDE! NONE of THee's even Compete with the Original CB750 HONDA...PERIOD.


pete dohar
11/13/2010 3:18:38 PM

REALLY, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE KAWASAKI H-2 WITH ITS 3 HEARTS BEATING ALONG WITH MINE. 4 CYLINDERS.....RIGHT?!? ANYTHING OLD IS GOOD!


ryck
11/13/2010 11:58:46 AM

While the other three Japanese bike manufacturers had years behind them to improve on the standards the Honda CB750 set, it was the CB750 that rose the bar and set those standards. And for years it was the Universal Japanese Motorcycle standard. So while the CB750 was an important bike in motorcycling history, let's not forget that it was a great bike to ride. And was suited to many applications. It started many new aftermarket industries suited to serious touring, street mods, various racing venues, choppers and customs of various kinds, the list goes on.


kevin cordill
11/13/2010 8:04:09 AM

My first choice would be the Honda KO. Not hard as I own one of the first ones imported into the country. Serial number 56. The bike that started the four cylinder revolution. The motor on this one is amazingly strong. Still fun to ride today for nostalga and ease of riding. The suspension does show its age to todays rides. To me the Suzuki evolved into one of the nicest fours in its day. Great motor and handling. I am still looking for a nice first year of one of those. Hardly any losers here, as they all had their pluses. The winner is the one that raises your heart rate the highest. "Keep em on the rode!" Kevin (KC Cycle).


phil
11/12/2010 10:27:59 PM

I voted for the 69 CB750 because it started it all, but the best 750 is the CB750F DOHC version. In fact, I bought one (1982) a month ago and it's going to be my winter project. Wasn't running when bought, running on 3 cylinders today. I've got a lot of work do to, but I am smiling ear to ear! Phil


doug broman
11/12/2010 8:51:58 PM

I definatly vote for the cb750, of course I'm biased. I own a 78 cb750k. It was the last year of the SOHC. though not as desirable as earlier models it it's still a classic and I ride it whenever I can. She runs like a clock and is amazingly dependable.With 38000 miles on her she still has plenty of life left.


ed
11/12/2010 6:41:23 PM

People always underestimate the Seca 750 . As of the 1981 model year the Seca was the quickest 750 ever .The Seca had anti-dive , air adjustable front suspension , big dual front discs .Rock solid , trouble free shaft drive .YICS induction system . The Seca is very nimble for a shaft drive .Low center of gravity , 32" seat height .Other than handle bars the total width is 17" .You also get an on board computer that monitors fuel and oil levels , battery condition , brakes etc .Not to mention 5 gal. fuel capacity .I had one back in 81' and the only people who could compete with the Seca were my buddies on GS 1100's and my friend on his Seca 750 .The best bike out of the four ,!981 Yamaha xj750r.


douglas whitbeck
11/12/2010 4:17:34 PM

My first bike was a 1962 CB92. I grew up with Hondas, but never really liked the first CB750s. My first ride on a Kawasaki Z1 was a relevation! Now I believe Kawasaki had a 750 version of the Z1 (called the Z2?) on the home market. THAT Z2 Kawasaki would be my first choice.


douglas whitbeck
11/12/2010 4:16:51 PM

My first bike was a 1962 CB92. I grew up with Hondas, but never really liked the first CB750s. My first ride on a Kawasaki Z1 was a relevation! Now I believe Kawasaki had a 750 version of the Z1 (called the Z2?) on the home market. THAT Z2 Kawasaki would be my first choice.


bill westover
11/12/2010 1:22:52 PM

I have restored a 1971 cb 750 Honda and did road time on the bike. I have also restored a 1982 GS 1100 Suzuki which I have ridden extensively. Of the two I prefer the Suzuki, it is a great motor cycle. The Honda has a mystic to it because they were the first in line fours but of the two I like the Suzuki the most.


mike malloy
11/12/2010 11:42:54 AM

The Honda CB750 is truely a great ride but if I must decide I would have to go with the KZ750. looks mean and rides like the wind. Might not handle in the curves like the others but still SWEET. I now ride a 79 YAMAHA XS1100SF and I love it.


bob hadden
11/12/2010 9:27:30 AM

I've never owned an inline four UJM, but if I was going to it would probably be an early 90's CB900. I don't weigh 175lbs anymore so the extra torque would be nice, plus I always kind of liked the way the 900 Honda sounded. Hmmm, torque and sound , kind of sounds like I'm a Twin kind of guy. Guzzi's, Ducati's, and IronHead Sporty's, now that's the ticket!!


leekellerking
11/12/2010 8:52:04 AM

What about the Kawasaki Mach II 750???


dave
11/12/2010 7:27:13 AM

Has to be the 69 Honda. Overall well built bikes that were so far ahead of the curve. Offered consistent quality through the production runs and reliability that was unheard of by british bikes. A plush is they were easy to work on and still a joy to work on to this day.


airborne
11/12/2010 7:24:56 AM

Having come of age in the 70's, having learned to ride on an Ossa motocrosser, it was easily the Suzuki that was the performance king of the day. The Honda was famous for it's reliability, the Kawa was viewed as a stepping stone to it's big brother the 900, and Yamaha wasn't even in the game!! But it was the Suzuki that guys went to for speed and performance.


phil
11/12/2010 6:01:54 AM

I would buy none of the above, however I did just buy a 1982 CB750F. It will be undergoing a restoration this winter. To me, this is the pinnacle of the 750 air-cooled fours built by the Big Four.


bob brown
11/12/2010 3:16:19 AM

I have two 75 cb 750's Show one in local shows, Love Them. Bob


dave hanby
11/12/2010 3:13:44 AM

They are all decent bikes by Asian standards but the Honda was the leader back then and the original. If you listed a KZ900 I would be torn. With the bikes listed, I would go straight to the top and choose the bike that started it all and changed everything. I have owned three of these machines. They are fun and wonderful bikes even today. The SOHC's ran from 69 to 78. If you find one, by it. It's a great bike. They are becoming harder to find unmolested and morphed into cafe's. Some of those are cool as well but find a original while you can. I still favor my 79 Iron Head Sportster and my 79 Triumph Bonneville; nowhere near as reliable but they have something Japan could not install..."Soul". They make me smile :)I would like to find a 78 Honda 750four to complete my collection. The four pipes were pretty sweet. Ride safe; enjoy!


david_5
11/11/2010 9:08:24 PM

None of the above. My Trident will smoke any of them on any road but a straight line.


paul marcucci
11/11/2010 9:05:12 PM

Hands down, the 1969 CB750. I grew up with these bikes and the Honda was always the winner! I had a friend who tells a story that he tried to blow one up by running it without oil. It wouldn't die. One of the best bike ever made.


steve_3
11/11/2010 8:40:52 PM

I never had a '69 model Honda 750, but I did have 2 '71's The first (bought new) was totaled w/ 38k miles, thank you nice lady from Denver. The second was purchased as a basket case. I had just collected all parts necessary for a Yoshimura hot rod when the first bike was totaled. I needed a bike to put all those expensive parts into. 812cc,cam,rods,springs,cam chain,nickle plated frame, Kim Tab wheels,Koni shocks,etc. really fast(after 6000rpm up to 10,500rpm.) but also very bullet proof. Rode it on a 6k trip up to Washington, plus other 1k plus trips. Raced it all the time and it never broke. It was stolen in '77 with 40k miles on it. Also bought a KZ750 new in '81, bent a valve during break in (no rev limiters then) but it handled way better than the Honda's, Kerker 4/1, oil cooler,steering damper, fork brace,rear sets,super bike bend handlebar, it was great on the San Diego to Julian/Borrego Springs/Mt Palomar rides in the early'80's. Suzuki and Yamaha 750's have never excited me very much. But the Honda's will always have a place in my heart I have 3 of them now, awaiting restoration. SOHC 4ever!


pt140
11/11/2010 8:12:50 PM

My dad had a kz750 when I was a kid and I loved it. Alot of memories with that bike. I'd like to get one again, if only I could find one for sale at the same time I actually have $$$.


russell_2
11/11/2010 7:53:51 PM

Suzuki for sure - it handles and I'd feel safer. The Hondas feel weird-handling to me after the Suzuki.


edward hessel
11/11/2010 3:53:00 PM

The KZ750 reversed the trend of the weight gains that all motorcycles seemed to be heading, it was lighter and that is the right way forward. I bought one in 1980 and started RoadRacing it with 20,000 miles on the odo, it never missed a beat. eh


denis martyn
11/11/2010 3:04:35 PM

This is a no-brainer for me. I already have a Honda CB750, a 1975 model. It's my newest bike. So, much as I like the other choices, the KO model 1969 Honda is the one I would pick of this group. By the way, I bought mine a few years ago when they were just old bikes, and no one was much interested in them. I paid $90.00 for it then, complete but not running. Of course I've put a lot more than that into it since then, but it was all there when I started. I haven't even had to repaint it. I've just cleaned and cared for the original paint. It now has patina. My point is, if you want an old bike for not much money take a look at 12 to 15 year old machines, and buy one or more of them. You can fix them up, and ride them, learning all the time, and when you've got the money to buy more exotic machinery, if that's what you want to do, you'll have the experience to make a solid, knowledgeable choice. Don't sit around waiting for that $600 Harley panhead to fall into your lap, it may never happen.... but other things will. Keep your options open. Buy what you like. Most of all, have fun. That's what it's all about.


wideload
11/11/2010 2:59:32 PM

I wish I had that Honda CB750. The only time I had a chance to ride one was in the early 70's. My pal had an early model that he let me take out for a spin. I had been riding my Kawasaki A7 Avenger at the time and thought I rode it pretty hard but the Honda was really impressive. My eyes must have been 2x as wide as normal when I took off on that thing. Yup, still wish I had one today. My current ride is a 77 XS650.


tom hocking
11/11/2010 2:43:44 PM

It would appear by the comments I've read that the Honda is the hands-down 'winner". I've never owned one. Had a 350 twin. My choice is the Yammy. I had an '81 Seca with the factory fairing. What a change from my old shovelhead! Turbine smooth engine, 125 mph, great sport-touring bike. I wish I still had it!


don o'donnell
11/11/2010 2:22:31 PM

I had a 1978Honda CB750K WITH 4X exhaust, Michelin 5* rubber, Vetter fairing, smooth running engine, would rattle windshield at speed,loved the sound, the torque,handling,durability.Dispatch Rider, Canadian Forces,we used Triumph's, in Germany, needed CB750'S for Autobahn.


tom hocking
11/11/2010 2:18:15 PM

It would appear by the comments I've read that the Honda is the hands-down 'winner". I've never owned one. Had a 350 twin. My choice is the Yammy. I had an '81 Seca with the factory fairing. What a change from my old shovelhead! Turbine smooth engine, 125 mph, great sport-touring bike. I wish I still had it!


doug roland
11/11/2010 1:49:13 PM

I voted for the Honda CB750. When it was launched it very quickly became THE bike to have! It had image and styling that blew the competition away with technology and performance that did the same. I had a Triumph Bonneville at the time and so did a lot of my biker friends. I remember feeling that the inevitable had happened. The CB450 had been close - but no coconut however the 750 was the full monty. Honda had built the bike everyone else in the industry had feared the coming of. They had eventually graduated and the student was now teaching the teacher. The rest is history as they say! The other 750's in the vote are good and maybe better in technical detail here and there but they were only really developments of the original Honda idea that created this market segment in the first place. Looking at them all now I still see that Honda image and style that set the standard for the others to follow.


david wimprine
11/11/2010 1:19:01 PM

1969 CB750 Hondas what a wonderful bike . Still collecting them


daingerous
11/11/2010 1:10:27 PM

I've had the privilege to ride all four of these bikes, and I'll go on record to say that they're all fine candidates for this vote. But... missing on the ballot is the second-generation CB750, the F-model to be specific. Hands down, that's the "relic" four that I'd shop for if looking for one of these classics.


david wimprine
11/11/2010 1:09:50 PM

The 1969 CB750 Honda is the best motor cycle ever built it was way ahead of it tine i am in the process of restoring two of them wright now a 1973 an a1974


john van dam
11/11/2010 12:49:47 PM

Since I already have a 1971 Honda CB750 and a 1983 Suzuki GS750E, I guess I could find room to put a Kawasaki 750.


brian a. kieft
11/11/2010 12:49:39 PM

To be honest,i would most likely go for the Mach IV! I'd put the extra cylinder into Cosmoline storage though,just in case! You can't top the adrenaline generator that the Kawasaki triple was in it's prime.The 21 hp 175 enduro that i currently ride makes me hungry for the feeling of what three of those in a single machine would do!


racerrob
11/11/2010 12:43:30 PM

The more interaction you get with your readers the stronger you base will be. The truth is any of your readership would take any one in this group.


stas
11/11/2010 12:07:20 PM

I was in England and upgraded my BSA Bantam to a CB250 and then straight to a 1973 CB750 Four with the four pipes into one which I think was the very best looking of the CB 750's as no other bike at the time to my knowledge anyway had four pipes going into one muffler everyone else had eithe one pipe or two and in some cases twin muflers. It was unique, with an amazing sound wonderful handling and above all no oil leaks or maintenance issues. Fantastic


frank roskam
11/11/2010 11:46:26 AM

I had a gold '69 Honda 750 fout and it was a great fun bike and then moved up to a green '74 Kawasaki 900 Z1 which was a much better bike. Someone wanted my Z1 more than me and took her in the middle of the night. I wished I had gone out and bought another but we needed to buy a house and started think family so motorcycles were not a high priorty for several years but finally bought another bike. Still wish for another Honda or Kawasaki-maybe one of these days!


david
11/11/2010 11:37:49 AM

I voted for the GS-750, but if I had a real choice.....it would have been what I purchased, back in the day. Suzuki GT-750 LeMans.....The Water Buffalo. It always started, either via the kick-starter, or the start button located on the bars. Three cylinder, water cooled, oil-injected, dual front disc brakes, digital gear indicator, etc. And a tune-up took 15 minutes. No valves to adjust, just change three spark plugs, check the gap on the points, drain the tranny oil......done. Consumed chains and handled like it's name suggested... but many out there still running with 100,000+ miles and never been opened-up. Thanks to the EPA (Extreme Polictical Asses), it was sentenced to an untimely death. "I love the smell of Castrol in the morning". Sometimes, less strokes are better! Doc in Burbank.


scott schoolfield
11/11/2010 11:08:27 AM

Love the styling of the CB750 with the chrome fenders and 4 into 4 pipes. Makes the bike look classic. Have a CB350 4 and have lots of fun with it. The Honda just has a great style that I really like.


nativson
11/11/2010 10:49:16 AM

I voted for the GS750, but I have to agree with Bob McDonnell. The baddest bike on the road in the '70s was the Z1 900. I still watch out for the Z1 but mostly find Z1Rs. Just my 2 cents.


david simmonds
11/11/2010 10:21:18 AM

Had a '71 CB 750 and blew the motor. Bought a new one in '77 and still have it today. Did a ground up restoration. LOVE it, but what a beast to keeep tuned.


eric weissberg
11/11/2010 10:15:42 AM

I became a Honda person early in '62 with my second bike, a brand new CB77 Super Hawk. Put 55,000 miles on it 6 years. Then in '68 came a '66 CB450 Black Bomber (24,000). Then in April 1970 I traded that for a new CB750. It cost me $1,000 with the trade-in. It was made in Oct '69 (blue). Still have and ride it, just turned 40,000. A motorcycle-world-changing icon for sure. (In July '78 I got my CBX which just turned 48,000. My all-time fave.) All superb motorcycles. Eric, in Woodstock NY


triumphdave2
11/11/2010 10:12:47 AM

This question should have stated which would you buy as a bike to ride. I voted for the Honda simply because the early CB750s are worth more on the collectable market. If I was buying the best rider I would go for the Yam, it's a good looking dependable bike that would out handle the CB750. I have never owned a SUZ multi cyl so I have no real opinion of them. The KAW multi cyl have the best engine of this bunch but not the best handling.


alvin davenport
11/11/2010 10:11:16 AM

I had a '79 CB 750F that was a fine bike, but when I added a 1982 Seca 750, I had a new opinion of the better 750. I kept the Yamaha while trading off the Honda. The Seca was much faster, smoother and better handling. Now, looking back 25 years later, I would rather have the Honda. There was just something about the Supersport that the Seca didn't have-maybe the black paint or the look of the exhaust or bodywork, but as far as function was concerned, the Seca was a better bike.


butch sigg
11/11/2010 10:10:45 AM

My dad bought a new Honda 750 Four in 1972, I had just turned 16 years old and already had a motorcycle qualified drivers license. The Honda 750 Four was a beast in the power area, but suspension, frame geometry and ergonomics on those bikes featured here we're much to be desired. Soon after I bought a Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III and within months traded for a new Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV. After that I would blow the doors off of the Honda if it had any.


gerry grafstrom_2
11/11/2010 10:09:02 AM

Since I would never buy a bike to collect that I wouldn't want to ride, that narrows my choices to the KZ and the GS with final nod going to the GS. As the T-shirts say, ride it, don't hide it.


tomjohnston
11/11/2010 9:59:54 AM

This was the amazing time of evolution for motorcycles and the time distance between the Honda and Suzuki makes comparisson impossible. The Honda was great but the Suzuki was 5 years better. It was a matter of dealership availability for me. I went to Suzuki for that reason. Now I'm an old man I ride a '69 BMW 750 and will not give it back.


skyhogg
11/11/2010 9:59:45 AM

I agree with SlipKid that clean CB750s have really moved up in price, but that's the "price" of collectability. But since the question is which would I buy (and not which is the better bike) I'd still want the Honda. It really is a classic. As for which is the best bike, while it may not be fair to compare the '69 CB to bikes built a decade later I have to say I'm torn between the Kaw and the 'Zuki. However, I owned a silver '82 CB750F DOHC and as many riders say, I wish I still had that bike.


allen smith
11/11/2010 9:51:53 AM

While I have ridden a Japan model 1970 CB750 preped and breathed on by Yshimura in there shop in Japan, and I loved every minute and every corner I swept through on it, the KZ750 is my choice. I like the looks of the bike more, it may be a UJM but I think it is a good thing.


martin boulter
11/11/2010 9:44:16 AM

While the Honda CB750 was revolutionary they dropped the ball when it came to innovation. I have ridden a 72 CB750 and a 77 GS750 I prefer the GS. Better brakes, better geometry, and twin cams for high revving fun. But the CB750 is my second choice.


bob mcdonnell
11/11/2010 9:42:56 AM

What about the 1973 900 Z1 Kawasaki?? The hotest 4 cylinder in 73.


slipkid
11/11/2010 9:34:18 AM

I think we can all agree the 1969 CB750 is more desireable, but if you're asking which bike you could afford to buy (with actual money that you actually have to spend on an actual bike), we might be talking a closer look at the Kawasaki and Yamaha!