1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport

Marcos Markoulatos unexpectedly became a fan of 1970s Japanese motorcycles, and his 1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport has pride of place.

| September/October 2011

1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport
Claimed power:
58hp @ 8,000rpm
Top speed: 114mph (period test)
Engine: 736cc air-cooled SOHC transverse-mounted inline four
Weight (dry): 449lb (227kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 4.8gal / 35-55mpg
Price then: $2,152
Price now: $1,000 - $3,000

By the mid 1970s, the motorcycle marketplace was chock-a-block with fast and delectable rides. From pasta and meat sauce Italian to fish and chip British or sushi and wasabi Japanese, there was something on the menu to satisfy every taste. And while bikes like Ducati 750GT and Norton 850 Commando could have been considered entrees, the main courses were increasingly coming from Japan, with full plates like the Kawasaki Z1 900 and Suzuki GT750.

It could certainly be argued, that the progenitor of the 1970s superbikes was the four-cylinder Honda CB750, a machine first introduced in 1969 and the precursor to the 1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport featured here. 

Honda definitely wowed the motorcycling community with the CB750, but it didn’t hold the top spot for long. By the time Honda was marketing the CB750 K4 in 1974, plenty of luster had worn off the model. For one thing, competing manufacturers were producing faster motorcycles — like the aforementioned Z1. And thanks to the 1973 Arab oil embargo, fuel economy had become an important concern in the North American market.  

In response, Honda detuned the CB’s 736cc power plant — increasing efficiency, but decreasing horsepower. Where the 1969 CB750 produced around 67 horses, for 1974 there were only about 50 ponies at the rear wheel. By comparison, the 1974 Z1 produced a claimed 82 horsepower. The CB750, once the lightning rod for a new generation of Superbikes, had suddenly become the old man in the group. 

Much of the performance market Honda had created was lost to them, and in 1975 Honda wasn’t even going to offer a standard CB750. Instead, Honda planned to spice things up by replacing the four-pipe CB750 with the 1975 Honda CB750F Super Sport.  

Robin MacDonald
4/29/2013 9:43:29 PM

I purchased a yellow CB750F in 1976 and then rode it for 3 years, everyday. In 2010 I found and purchased another yellow CB750F on Ebay. It had 2,700 miles. Now it has 10,017. I love it!!

Terry Totch
10/22/2011 12:48:51 AM

I have owened a bunch of pre 1975 cb750ty's but just picked up a one owner 1976 ss in real good shape, I can't wait to start buffing and painting, your write up on the 76 has me all pumped up, thanks for sharing oldmanhonda

9/9/2011 4:56:25 PM

I had a '76 Honda 750F in 1986, my senior year in high school. It was my first street bike, though I had ridden dirt bikes since I was seven. My Super Sport was candy apple red and I really wish I had hung on to it. I'm 6' 3" and the bike was comfortable to ride, handled great, and had enough power to nearly kill me a couple times (teenagers and sportbikes of any vintage are never a good combination). I hope to find another one to restore one of these days. Thanks for a great article.

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