Honda CB77

( USA = 25 at 9200 min -1)

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The Honda CB 72 Super Sport is a motorcycle legend of the Japanese car manufacturer Honda, which was produced from 1959 to 1964.

She was by the CB 92, the second -produced model from the CB series with the type number 72 and the product code 268, later models had the product codes 269 and 275 The abbreviation CB comes from the Japanese "C" LU "B " MAN RACE, the 1958 in Suzuka, Honda 's own race course took place. (C stands for the type B for the sporty version ). In the U.S. it was called CB 72 Hawk.

This sporty machine was Honda's contribution to the German motorcycle scene of the 1960s. Basic version was the Honda C 72 1959, the CA 72 was a tour version, the CS 72 had the exhaust system down side higher and the CL 72 was a scrambler with a larger 19-inch front wheel. The predecessor ce71 of 1959 had a silver painted tank, similar to the CB 92, as well as a dry sump lubrication. Unlike the C 72, which had a co-rotating crankshaft, the crank pin 72 of the CB were mixed to 180 degrees. Therefore, they had two 22 mm carburetor. With only a gasifier and a forked suction channel, the filling of the cylinders of the overlap will vary slightly due forever. In Japan, there was the Honda CBM 72 with a short bench and rack as well as the Honda CP 72 as a police machine. The CB72 as well as the C72, CS72 and C77 and the 125 cc scooter M80 from the spring of 1959 in the Saitama Honda plant was built (now Wako Plant).

In Japan, they came on the market in 1959, in Germany it was presented in 1960 in Frankfurt and imported from Hamburg motorcycle dealer Karl -Heinz Meller. The European Honda Motor Trading GmbH (Honda Germany ) was founded in May 1961, sold this model from 1962 with few visible changes to 1964 she was available in the colors black, blue and red, the blue machine also had a blue seat.; the other had black seats with tether.

In the test of the magazine MOTORCYCLE Ernst " no brainer " continued Leverkus on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring ( 22.8 km length ) in twelve minutes and 40 seconds about a round average of 108.05 km / h from a standing start.

The appearance of these Japanese motorcycles has been controversial in Germany. Including a starter was unusual. They distrusted the high rotational speeds up to 9000 min -1. The relatively high performance of these motorcycles had the German manufacturers in the class with 250 cc nothing to oppose; former standard in the German motorcycles were motorcycles with 15 to 18 hp, such as the NSU Max or the BMW R 27

With this Honda model the boom of motorcycles that triggered the motorcycling as a recreational sport began. According to price lists from 1962 and 1965, it cost 2675 DM

CB 77

As Modelled on her sister model, the CB was with 305 cc of 1962-1965 offered in Germany 77. She had 28.5 hp at 8,600 min -1. In the U.S. it was called CB 77 Super Hawk and was sold there until 1966.

According to price lists from 1962 and 1965 you had to pay for them in 2925 DM.


In motorsports, the CB72 was also used by private drivers. A success among others was the class victory at the 1000 km journey in 1963, driven by the living in Hamburg Japanese K. Shimada. A commercial racing machine Honda CR72, which was used by privateers, had 25 hp at 9500 min-1 with a six-speed transmission. With this machine, the Japanese Kunimitsu Takahashi won the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man in 1963 the first place; the English Bill Smith finished third.

World Champion motorcycle road racing 250 cc