Circa 1987


A Classic Photo

This may be the only extant photo of my first road bike.  I had added a Windjammer III fairing fairly early in the going. Several saddle bag configurations were used, but these nylon ones lasted forever, thanks to multiple visits to the cobbler. These caught fire one very cold evening in western Saskatchewan, a few miles outside of Regina. One of the condensers packed it in, and substantial flames were shooting form the mufflers.

I had a cobbler add patches of heavy leather to prevent the same happening again. At the time it had never occurred to me I might have another motorbike - this one did it all.

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Manufacturer  Honda

Also called  Honda Dream CB750 Four

Production  1969–2003, 2007

Assembly  Wakō, Saitama, Japan

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Suzuka, Mie, Japan

Successor  CB900F

Class  Sport bike or standard

Engine  736 cc (44.9 cu in) SOHC air-cooled straight four (1969-1978)

DOHC air-cooled straight 4 (1979–2003, 2007)

Bore / stroke  61 mm × 63 mm (2.4 in × 2.5 in)

Top speed  125 mph (201 km/h)


68 hp (51 kW) @ 8,500 rpm (1969)

67 hp (50 kW) @ 8,000 rpm (DIN)

Torque  44 lb·ft (60 N·m) @ 7,000 rpm

Transmission  5-speed

Suspension  Front: telescopic forks

Rear: swing arm with two spring/shock units.

Brakes  Front disc / Rear drum

Tires  Front: 3.25" x 19"

Rear: 4.00" x 18"

Rake, trail  3.7 in (94 mm)

Wheelbase  57.3 in (1,460 mm)

Dimensions  L: 85 in (2,200 mm)

W: 35 in (890 mm)

H: 44 in (1,100 mm)

Seat height  31 in (790 mm)

Weight  218 kg (481 lb) (dry)

491 lb (223 kg) (wet)

Fuel capacity  19 L (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)

Fuel consumption  34.3 mpg-US (6.86 L/100 km; 41.2 mpg-imp)

Credit for this photo and the specifications go wholly to Wikipedia. I could not find a specific author to credit, which is of course the essence of Wiki. If you claim ownership, please notify me and I will ensure you are credited here.

The legendary Honda CB 750 Four may have been one of the final factors in the demise of British bikes. Unlike anything at the time, it was fast (enough), efficient, did not leak anything on the pavement, and never left you stranded. You could finally enjoy a lengthy ride without multiple breakdowns

This is not to say the bike was perfect. The brakes were pretty blasé about that whole stopping thing. Suspension travel was short, and I found my points needed a fair bit of attention. There was an auto oiler that ensured your left shin would be covered in a patina of oil! The brakes were the reason for the eventual commission of my CB750 to the wreckers pie.

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