Published on July 21st, 2019 | by Daniel0
Honda CB750 Inducted Into Japanese Automotive Hall Of Fame
The first Honda CB750 was launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1968. When it introduced the CB750 Four, Honda created what is widely recognized nowadays to be the first superbike. 2019 marks the model’s 50th anniversary and there are a few special editions created to tickle buyers around the globe, but sadly not in Malaysia.
50 years after the original superbike went on sale, Honda will celebrate its inline four CB heritage with a range of the best European customisations of its Neo Sport Café flagship, the CB1000R.
The Honda Neo Sports Café Range, which now includes the CB1000R, CB650R, CB300R and CB125R, are not simply retro vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – modern motorcycles showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.
The twelve unique heart-stopping custom creations from Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy that explore the myriad custom possibilities for the CB1000R, will be joined on the Honda stand by an original 1969 Honda CB750, documenting 50 years of continued development and heritage of Honda’s inline fours.
In 1969, the Honda CB750 was a revelation. Pushing the boundaries at every level, not only was it the first mass produced inline-four 750cc motorcycle, but it was also the first motorcycle produced with an electric start and a disc brake as standard. Originally developed for the American market, with an ultra-competitive price point of only USD1495, the CB750 set the tone for the next 50 years of motorcycling and is rightly heralded as the first ‘Superbike’.
Some of the highlights on the stand include three CB1000Rs from Honda Spain’s ‘Dream Garage’ dealer customisation contest. One of them, the ‘Alfredo’, a Freddie Spencer-inspired CB1000R from Hakuba Motos, also took part in the Punks Peak sprint race in the hills above Jaizkibel Hondaribia, which marks the start of the five day festival.
Switzerland are represented by two very different takes on the CB1000R. CB1000R-adical by Fuhrer Moto and Gannet Design – a full on, aggressive streetbike complete with bespoke camo paint by Walter Oberli and carbon wheels by Rotobox, was joined by the Africa Four CRF1000R – a merging of concepts and ideas from across Honda’s current range, complete with gold wheels, a CRF450R front end and unique HRC-themed paint scheme.
Honda Italy showcases three bikes in Biarritz, one of which, ‘The Tribute’ – a stunning golden CB1000R – was inspired by the original colours of the 1969 CB750. Four custom CB1000Rs from France complete the line-up, including a striking all black edition built by local Biarritz dealer 3C Motos.