By 1966, Honda had five World GP titles under its belt and decided to stop racing and turn to the motorcycle line. As it does with its contemporary “RR” models, it wanted to transfer the advanced technology it developed on the track to its bikes. Meanwhile, Honda USA wanted a more impressive lineup to increase sales. When the two worlds collided, the results were devastating and unprecedented.
Often referred to as the world’s first motorcycle, the Honda CB750 had four cylinders, four carburetors, four mufflers, and an engine capacity of 736.5cc, producing 67 horsepower. a remarkable success at the end of the Swinging Sixties. It had an electric start, which was a revelation at the time, and disc brakes that provided the necessary stopping power. In the past, Honda’s pickup trucks were small, practical vehicles that catered to the modern crowd (its little Super Cub was a success back in the day). With the CB750, it adopted the “go big or go home” mentality, taunting its competitors and raising the bar for the world’s best-selling machine.
The original 1969 “Sandcast” CB750 (with crankcases made of sand) is considered one of the most powerful motorcycles in history, and these can fetch upwards of $30,000 in good condition. However, you can find much cheaper models from the 1970s with integrated crankcases. This can be had for under $9,000, but it’s worth the price when it comes to looks, which makes sense, considering this motorcycle’s heritage and value.