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My old CB750

Discussion in 'Projects' started by soopahok996, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Just got it back on the road, now I'm trying to work out all the kinks


    Will post some pics during the build later if anyone is interested. Gotta head off to work, I have to pay for the project somehow.
  2. Sick looking motorcycle!

  3. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Well done! I love those Double over head cam Honda's! 750's 900's 1100's!!
  4. Looks Good !

    Keep the pictures coming !
  5. These were the first real super bikes!:mrgreen:


  6. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Great Bike! You have done well taking such good care of it! THAT is a 'Vashon Bike'!
  7. Ah, no, they were the first Japanese super bike.

    The first one was the Harley Sportster.

    Everything is relevant. In 1957 Chevy only had a 283 V-8, and most of the police cars were small v-8 or 6 cylinders. Motorcycles fell into two main groups large heavy cruisers and light weight small displacement in town type transportation bikes. Harley took the wa45 flathead engine and made it an overhead valve 900cc V-twin that was in a light weight for it's displacement frame and size. These bike could be bought at the "CH" model high compression and made for off road use.
    It was intended for racing, flat track oval, and up until the DOT mandated that the shifter be ob the left side in 1976, the Sportster had it's shifter on the right side, because it is the side that is up in the flat track race.
    In the late 50's this bike was given the name "The Felony flier" because it could outrun any cop car of it's day.
    It was the first super bike.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  8. Perhaps not....
    7fiddy BSA and Turnip, preceded the big H*nda by a year or two. Then
    There was Vincent's and big Nortons?...absolutely the equal of the H*nda
  9. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

  10. My 1952 rapide would do 125 or better
    Stopping was another issue...
    But it would hammer a 750 H*nda on the top end
  11. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    Well, with the Honda you could spend most of your time riding, as opposed to the British bikes...

  12. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Touche good sir. Modified for clarity.
  13. So very very true....:thefinge:
  14. Interesting but does not look like Harley changed much over the years except of course using more foreign made parts.

    In fact Harley uses so many imported parts on their bikes the percentage of content import vs american made caused the Made in USA label to be changed to proudly assembled in the USA.

    So the Harley pictured was truely American the ones to day are Global Economic Enterprise (GEO hahahaha)
  15. But the Vincents were never mass produced, they were basically hand built one offs.
    They were a fast bike for sure, but the cost put them far out of the reach of the average Joe. The Sportster was the first mass production built superbike that anyone could afford and was made for racing.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  16. RedKat600

    RedKat600 Vintage Screwball Staff Member

    Not mass produced? WTF are you smoking? Lollerz! Need to read some more history son. Over 11,000 units....and they broke HD's previously held speed record by quite a margin.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012

    Not many black shadows were produced. I'd call them a limited production at best.

    11,000 is all of the vincent twins combined.
    While there're only 31 Lightnings built, many many black. Shadows roamed the streets. They were the baddest bike on the planet.
    And Rollie Free did the 150 mph run on a lightning. Not a shaddow
    They were absolutely a production bike.
    In fact they held the record of fastest production bike untill Kawasaki built the Z1
  19. Great looking bike soopahok996. More pics, kink working and project details please. :biggrin:
  20. Great looking bike ...

    I would suggest some spoked wheels on aluminum rims
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