Sometimes a vehicle is produced that offers so many advances in technology, styling or performance that it is a literal game changer. A few classic cars that come to mind were the Jaguar E-Type, Lamborghini Miura and the Porsche 959, all of which offered a combination of elements that set the world on its proverbial head and sent manufacturers back to their respective drawing boards.
A true game changer in the car world generally has the drawback of also being prohibitively expensive to attain. But one vehicle category where a game-changing machine can be easy to attain is motorcycles.
The Pick of the Day is one of those motorcycle game changers, a 1971 Honda CB750. Almost overnight, the CB750 made obsolete the bikes from England, which at that point were the leaders in the world motorcycle industry.
In 1969, Honda introduced the high-performance sport bike with a large-displacement, SOHC 4-cylinder engine that was both reliable and accessible. Besides the strong power from its 750cc engine, the Honda had a disk brake in front and a reliable electrical system – a problem area for the British bikes – presented in a dramatic-looking package.
This CB750 looks to be an all-original and extremely well-cared-for example of this motorcycle icon, according to the is located at a dealer in Sarasota, Florida, dealer advertising the Honda on ClassicCars.com. This being a 1971 model, known by Honda fans as a K1 (Honda’s internal code), it does not have the original first-run CB750 K0 sandcast engine cases, but it benefitted from many improvements over the original model.
The dealer says bike is in true showroom condition, still painted in its original Valley Green metallic. The Honda is complete with its original owner’s manual and it just received a recent full-service including carb cleaning, the dealer notes, adding that the gas tank is rust free inside and out, and that there is no rust on or in the original exhaust, both Achilles heels for older CB750s. The bike also wears brand-new correct Dunlop tires.
These bikes were for years available for a few thousand dollars, but over the past decade, they have been recognized as the important landmark motorcycles that they are, and prices have risen dramatically. A 1969 sand cast case Honda CB750 today is worth north of $30,000 machine.
CB750s from the early ‘70s models are still affordable, however, and this one is offered for a market- correct $12,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.