The Honda CB750F Super Sport

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The Honda CB750F Super Sport.

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.

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.


rick
3/11/2016 11:23:01 AM

I am selling my prestine 1976 750F, 7502 miles. If interested, please see the details in Craig's list. http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/mcy/5479100257.html Thanks! Rick


RTillery
10/8/2015 9:04:13 AM

Rode my Honda 750/4 from Camp Pendleton to Houston, I was never the same, lol. I've always wanted to make that ride again...though with a fairing or shield & bags of some sort this time. Had no mechanical or electrical issues the whole trip.


KioskGuy_1
5/2/2010 10:23:06 AM

Good article! I'm taking my motorcycle training classes (today) and am in the market for a Honda CB 750. This helps me understand the differences. Thank you!






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