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1977 Honda CB750 (Stock and Low Miles)

Up for auction right now on eBay is this very clean and very low mileage 1977 CB750. According to the seller, the bike is in nearly perfect condition, with only a recovered seat as an imperfection (he still has the original with a tear in it if you want it, too). I don’t know if I would feel bad about this bike being converted to a cafe racer. Maybe it’s that I’m not a fan of the color. I don’t know. The new owner can decide…
(Sorry about the poor pictures. Because of the interesting nature of the bike, I decided to post anyways.)

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1981 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Here’s a nice later model CB750 that has been converted into a cafe racer. While I know that the later DOHC models are not as sought after by those of us who love cafe racers, there are some very positive points to converting a bike like this, especially if you want a great ride-able bike. First off, you’ve potentially got about 10 more horsepower stock depending on whose dyno numbers you look at. This is a nice benefit, particularly because the bikes we’re talking about have the word “racer” in the name. Second, the larger forks should be good for a bit stiffer front-end (37mm vs. 35mm). Thirdly, dual discs as stock.

Yes, the later bikes got about 15 pounds heavier. But word from a friend of mine is that the bikes didn’t carry that weight particularly badly. In fact, his comment was that the later bikes actually handled much better than the earlier SOHC bikes.

This bike (currently being auctioned on eBay) has been somewhat lightly converted with the addition of clubman bars and a seat. The tank and foot controls are stock, but some nice custom work has been done with the paint and side covers. It also looks like the brake rotors have been drilled, but the pictures aren’t particularly detailed, so don’t hold me to that one. Current price is $2,500 with zero bidders and a little over one day left. And if you are really jonesing for this bike, the seller has a Buy-It-Now price of $4,500. 😯

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