The Honda CB750F Super Sport

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| May/June 2010

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    The Honda CB750F Super Sport.
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    1980 Kawasaki KZ750.
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    1977 Suzuki GS750.

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Honda CB750F Super Sport
Years produced:
 1975-1978
Claimed power: 58hp @ 8,000rpm
Top speed: 114mph
Engine type: 736cc air-cooled SOHC inline four
Transmission: 5-speed
Weight: 538lb (wet)
MPG: 35-45 (avg.)
Price then/now: $2,152/$1,500-$3,500

The Honda CB750F Super Sport was born out of Honda's desire to regain its position as a motorcycle pacemaker.

When Henry Ford launched the Model T in 1908, there was nothing else like it, and the T established a design template that defined the automobile for more than a decade. The problem? Ford was still building the T in 1928, and the market had moved on. By continuing to manufacture the same basic car, Ford maximized the benefits of mass production, but at the cost of market leadership. After years of snapping at Henry’s heels, the Dodge Brothers, Louis Chevrolet and the rest streaked out front.

Something similar happened to Honda in the 1970s. The 1969 Honda CB750 Four mapped out the future for motorcycles. And like the Model T, it stayed in production for just a little too long.



By 1975, the Kawasaki Z1 with its 903cc DOHC engine had leapfrogged ahead of the CB750. And waiting in the wings were The Suzuki GS750 and the Kawasaki KZ750, both aimed squarely at the market Honda had built, and creating along the way what was to become known as the Universal Japanese Motorcycle or UJM: the air-cooled, 2-valve, DOHC across-the-frame inline four.

Honda’s response to the challenge was conservative. In 1975, the 750 K5 with its distinctive stacked mufflers was joined by the Honda CB750F Super Sport with a sportier 4-into-1 exhaust. The Honda CB750F also wore a new, slimmer-looking (but 0.3-gallon larger) gas tank with a recessed filler covered by a lockable plate, and a disc brake replaced the rear wheel’s mediocre drum brake.

TURTLE
5/14/2018 4:21:05 PM

TURTLE I feel the biggest selling point on this bike is that it is as found. No cleaning or messin with it so that the collector that gets this has the option to do whatever they think but please remember you wont find a nicer one that hasnt even been washed.I will do the best I can with this listing. Bear with me. This is an unbelievable survivor. 40 years old and to be in the condition it is in is a once in a lifetime chance.Been dealing with vintage bikes since before they were vintage and I do have a little knowledge about this stuff. Everything is right about this one. Down to the clear plastic inspection clips on the calipers. 100% original. No dents,pits,rust,rips,etc etc. The gauges are clear and bright. I dont know how much to say. If you arer after the most original nice unrestored ss you have ever seen then this is it. NO bs ,no drama just possibly a true museum quality bike . When they say barn fresh they meant this bike. The exhaust system is 100% original and almost RUST FREE. That means just that almost no rust,scratches or dings and pits. No we did not steel wool anything. Havent waxed or polished anything. The seat is original and close to perfect as are the fenders,side covers ,emblems and on and on. Never been down. I cannot stress it enough that it is exactly what Iam saying. When you see the bike you will say WOW you were not kidding. ALL the rubber pcs are there and not dry cracked etc,nice pliable and original. You could ask for a pic of anything and it will please and surprise you. If you are a collector and looking for a single cam ss you can stop looking. I have been told that the original exhaust in this condition is worth over $4000. Dont know about that but the ones I have seen on line are selling for crazy prices in rough shape. This exhaust is almost like NOS. The bike was used for 12000 miles and has some boot scuffs on the cases but as you would like on an unrestored ride. Did not want to take any chances on changing the original aspect of this bike because once done these things cant be undone.I am leaving any work for the new owner. here is what we have found and done. Bike sat for a while and the older gentleman turned it over every couple months. We cleaned out the carbs enough just to hear the motor. Drained the oil and refilled it just to hear the motor. Put in a new set of points (just one set, again just to hear it run.0 My feelings on what it needs. The brake system will need to be gone thru to be perfect. If you are still reading this then you know enough to see what we did and why. I have purchase some parts that will go with it The parts we bought are a complete tank coating kit. Decided not to use it because there is no reason to coat the tank. It had some inside rust dust so we cleaned it out just enough to try it out. The tank is perfect. I will let the new owner decide how to proceed. Bought COMPLETE carb rebuild kits and again I will let the new owner decide what to do. Same with the brake master cylinders and calipers. They work but we got the rebuild kits. Paid $118 on ebay for the kits and $78 for the carb kits. Paid $60 for thr pearl kit for the tank but no real need. Battery was $85 and we havent put in the acid yet. Also bought new points set $18. and an extra set of carb gaskets. If you are a real customer for this bike send me your number and I will call you. The plan is to put it on ebay as soon as we get real photos to go with it. If you make a fair offer based on this listing being correct you wont be disapointed. I have a ural on hold that I need to pay for so the sooner the better.I will post pics when my son can come by and do it. Thanks for reading this and scammers-DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT !!! Make a fair offer and you own it. I was offered $4000 sight unseen and turned it down. I would rather have someone look at it so they know it is exactly what I say it is. I say it is the nicest unrestored 1978 CB750 SS you can find anywhere. . Thanks again. Bikes this age are not titled in Vermont.The carbs are out because I was sending them to be rebuilt,same with the brakes Never sent them but no thing gained by putting them back. The tank and side covers were removed after the photos and wraped in towels.


TURTLE
5/14/2018 4:21:04 PM

TURTLE Hi folks.Just joined I am selling a pretty sweet 1978 super sport. All original with the orig 4 into 1 exhaust is super condition. The tank is 100% as is the rest of the bike. Never seen one this nice that was barn fresh and un restored. Great motor and unmolested


MadMike
12/14/2017 4:12:20 PM

My 1980 CB740F is sitting snug and warm in the garage waiting for spring... 10,001 original miles.







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