Second Coming: 1979 Honda CB750K Limited

Dan Miller’s Honda CB750K Limited Edition is an icon from an era where Japanese brands established themselves as leaders of the industry.

| November/December 2019


1979 Honda CB750K Limited

Engine: 748.7cc air-cooled DOHC transverse-mounted inline four, 62mm x 62mm bore and stroke, 9.0:1 compression ratio, 55.9hp @ 9,000rpm (period test)
Top speed: 124mph (period test)
Carburetion: Four 30mm Keihin constant-velocity, one accelerator pump
Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive
Ignition: Electronic ignition
Frame/wheelbase: Dual downtube steel cradle/61in (1,549mm)
Suspension: Telescopic forks front, twin shock absorbers w/adjustable preload rear
Brakes: Single 11.6in (296mm) disc front, SLS drum rear
Tires: 3.5 x 19in front, 4.25 x 18in rear
Weight (dry): 517lb (235kg)
Seat height: 31.5in (800mm)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 5.3gal (20ltr)/37-51mpg (period test)
Price then/now: $2,948/$3,500-$7,000

By 1979 Honda’s groundbreaking CB750 was old news, its landmark single-overhead camshaft engine considered a relic compared to the newer DOHC designs from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

It was time for a replacement, and with muted fanfare the CB750’s 10-year tenure as the industry icon was unceremoniously halted, treated like warm beer or yesterday’s pizza. But it deserved a more fitting send-off, and for that we turn to one of the notable motorcycle journalists of that era, Frank Conner, who wrote about the termination of the original CB750 for the September 1978 issue of Cycle Guide.


Wrote Conner 41 years ago: “In 1979 the Honda CB750 will bite the dust. Think about that: It’s like saying they’re actually going to stop production of Kleenex.” Fitting words, considering the CB750’s demise led to more than a few enthusiasts shedding tears of sorrow that mournful day.

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