Owner's View: The 1976 Honda CB750 K6

Meet the man who still owns, and loves, the 1976 Honda CB750 he bought in 1977.


| July/August 2006


Owner: Greg Wassenberg
Occupation: MRI technologist 

While thousands of motorcyclists have owned and/or ridden CB750s throughout the years, finding someone who bought one new and still has it can be a challenge. You might recognize Greg Wassenberg from our story on the Honda CBX. He also owns a 1976 Honda CB750 K6 — and has since he drove it off the showroom floor in June of 1977. Now, more than 30,000 miles later, his 750 is a slice of history, one of the few pieces of his teenage past that's still around. And it's practically in as good of shape as it was the day he rode it out of Import Cycles, Ltd in Salina, Kan.

Q: Why did you buy your CB750?

A: "I was pretty much a loyal Honda owner and I liked the look and feel of the bike. If you remember, 1977 was the beginning of the next generation of machines from Yamaha and Suzuki. Their 750s outperformed the older-style Honda 750 in the handling and power departments, but the Honda had proven its reliability and toughness. Also, the 1976 was the last year for the original styling. The 1977-1978 CB750Ks were re-styled with larger fuel tanks and larger exhaust pipes."



Q: What are the maintenance problems to look out for with these bikes?

A: "The steering head bearings tend to wear relatively fast. The fork seals usually started leaking after two or three years. The electric starter switch spring has a nasty tendency to corrode and break: Honda only sells the starter switch assembly as a unit. The upside is it's not that hard to replace. The 4-into-4 pipes dissipate heat so well that, if the bike isn't ridden long enough to get them warm, they will rust from the inside out. Once you notice this happening, it's too late to do anything about it. As with all Hondas of that era, the front brake caliper could get sticky or lock up altogether if the caliper wasn't kept clean and didn't get fresh brake fluid at regular intervals."







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