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The Honda CB 750 Four was launched in 1969 and was the first motorcycle to be referred to as a “superbike”. A transverse, four cylinder, single overhead cam motor had never before been available in a mass produced motorcycle. A front disc brake, electric start, kill switch, dual mirrors, 4 into 4 exhaust, 65 hp and 190 kmh plus top speed had the British and European manufacturers beaten. The other Japanese manufacturers had always focused their efforts on two strokes, unlike Honda who despised them. This new motorcycle had the Japanese competitors scrambling to catch up with Honda’s four stroke technology. The death of the two stroke as a mainstream motorcycle was swift. The 750 Four remained in Honda’s model line-up for 10 years and over 400 000 units were sold.
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These Hondas, as with all the pre-plastic four cylinder Hondas, have become firm favourites for building some of the best café racers. They look, sound and run the part perfectly. Plenty were sold in South Africa and can still be found with a bit of a search.
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Dewald’s bike is a CB 750 K model, last of the range which looked similar to the original and first of the double overhead cam models.
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This bike is an example of what this blog truly represents…home-workshop built, low budget, personal creations which convert plain, neglected or simply forgotten motorcycles into something which excites not only the owner but the onlooker.