Honda Motorcycle C77 CB450 CB750 CB400F GL1000 CBX1000

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Founded in October 1946, Soichiro Honda started making motor cycles by bolting army surplus engines onto bicycle frames in 1948. A year later he built his own 50cc two-stroke engine and in 1948 Honda and his 20 employees built their first complete bike, the 98cc two-stroke Model D, or "Dream". Honda built its first four-stoke machine in 1953 and began exporting motorbikes to the West in 1959. By 1960 they had become the world's largest manufacturer of motor cycles.

Honda C77 "Dream" (1961)

Engine: OHC verticle twin

Bore x Stroke: 60 x 54mm

Capacity: 305cc

Comp ratio: 8.2:1

Power Output: 23bhp @ 7,500rpm

Carburation: 1 x 32mm Keihin

Gearbox: 4-speed

Suspension: Front Leading-link

                     Rear Twin shock absorbers

Brakes: Front Drum

               Rear Drum

Tyres: Front 3.25 x 16in

            Rear 3.25 x 16in

Wheelbase: 1,310mm (52in)

Weight: 169kg (373lb)

Top Speed: (approx) 80mph (129kph)

 

Honda CB450 "Black Bomber" (1965)

Engine: Aircooled 4-valve DOHC parallel twin

Bore x Stroke: 70 x 57.8mm

Capacity: 445cc

Comp ratio: 8.5:1

Power Output: 43bhp @ 8,500rpm

Carburation: 2 x 36mm Keihin

Gearbox: 4-speed

Suspension: Front Telescopic

                     Rear Twin shocks with adjustable preload

Brakes: Front 200mm (8in) tls drum

               Rear 180mm (7.2IN) sls drum

Tyres: Front 3.25 x 18in

            Rear 3.25 x 18in

Wheelbase: 1,346mm (53in)

Weight: 187kg (411lb)

Top Speed: (approx) 105mph (169kph)

standing 1/4 15 secs / 85mph (137kph)

 

Honda CB750 (1969)

Engine: Aircooled 8-valve SOHC transverse four

Bore x Stroke: 61 x 63mm

Capacity: 736cc

Comp ratio: 9:1

Power Output: 67bhp @ 8,000rpm

Carburation: 4 x 28mm Keihin

Gearbox: 5-speed

Suspension: Front Telescopic

                     Rear Twin shock absorbers

Brakes: Front 290mm (11.5in) disc

               Rear 180mm (7.1in) sls drum

Tyres: Front 3.25 x 19in

            Rear 4.00 x 18in

Wheelbase: 1,448mm (57in)

Weight: 239kg (526lb)

Top Speed: (approx) 125mph (201kph)

Standing 1/4 13.5sec / 100mph (160kph)

 

Honda CB400F (1975)

Engine: Aircooled 8-valve SOHC transverse four

Bore x Stroke: 51 x 50mm

Capacity: 408cc

Comp ratio: 9.4:1

Power Output: 37bhp @ 8,500rpm

Carburation: 4 x 20mm Keihin

Gearbox: 6-speed

Suspension: Front Telescopic

                     Rear Twin shocks with adjustable preload

Brakes: Front 267mm (10.5in) disc

              Rear 160mm (6.3in) drum

Tyres: Front 3.00 x 18in

            Rear 3.50 x 18in

Wheelbase: 1,359mm (53.5in)

Weight: 1,359mm (53.5in)

Top Speed: (approx) 102mph (164kph)

Standing 1/4 14.6sec / 85mph (137kph)

 

Honda GL1000 Goldwing (1975)

Engine: Watercooled 8-valve SOHC tranverse flat-four

Bore x Stroke: 72 x 61.4mm

Capacity: 999cc

Comp ratio: 9.2:1

Power Output: 80bhp @ 7,000rpm

Carburation: 4 x 32mm Keihin

Gearbox: 5-speed

Suspension: Front Telescopic

                     Rear Twin shocks with adjustable preload

Brakes: Front Twin 280mm (11in) disc

               Rear 292mm (11.5in) disc

Tyres: Front 3.5 x 19in

            Rear 4.50 x 17in

Wheelbase: 1,550mm (61in)

Weight: 260kg (57lb)

Top Speed: (approx) 122mph (196kph)

Standing 1/4 13.0sec / 105mph (169kph)

 

Honda CBX1000 (1978)

Engine: Aircooled 24-valve DOHC transverse six

Bore x Stroke: 64.5 x 53.4mm

Capacity: 1,047cc

Comp ratio: 9.3:1

Power Output: 105bhp @ 9,000rpm

Carburation: 6 x 28mm Keihin

Gearbox: 5-speed

Suspension: Front Telescopic

                     Rear Twin shocks with adjustable

Brakes:  Front Twin 276mm (10.75in) disc

                Rear 295mm (11.6in) disc

Tyres: Front 3.50 x 19in

            Rear 4.25 x 18in

Wheelbase: 1,495mm (59in)

Weight: 263kg (580lb)

Top Speed: (approx) 135mph (217kph)

Standing 1/4 11.7sec / 115mph (185kph)

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