Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CBGB: 1974 Honda CB750

The Honda CB750 was introduced in 1969 and is considered to be one of the bikes that was key in changing the perception of Japanese motorcycles.  In the 60's Japanese bikes were considered to be cheap, inferior products, but 10 years and 400,000 units later, the big CB is partly responsible for the current success of Japanese bikes.  Riders found them to be well engineered, reliable, affordable products that didn't leak all over your driveway.  Forty two years later, a good percentage of them are still going strong. Find this 1974 Honda CB750 for sale in West Seattle, WA for $3,950 via craigslist.

The CB750 was powered by a SOHC aircooled inline 4, producing about 67 hp, running thru a 5 speed trans.  The first CB750's used sandcast aluminum cases that attract collectors, but this later model has a conventionally manufactured [die-cast] aluminum case.  It sports new exhausts from the same manufacturer that made them back in the day and set the current owner back $1,300.

It still sports its original paint and only has a couple of small flaws, pictured in the ad.  That the paint still looks good is probably due to having under 11,000 miles on the odo.  The side covers have been repainted and new badging has been applied, strangely.

The seat is original and all the original factory stickers and yellow paint marks on the bolts are still present.  On the tail light is a dealer sticker from the out of business Seattle Honda.  The bike lived in Oroville, WA and had regular maintenance at Wenatchee Honda.  This bike seems like it is in great, original shape, for a reasonable price with a reasonable amount of miles, that wouldn't keep you from riding it.  Hard to write snarky stuff about that.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He's almost willing to make an exception from two stroke = good.


  1. I was going to comment on the OEM replacement pipes, but Gianni beat me to it. Not cheap these days. Unless I'm missing something, though, that seat is an OEM-style replacement but should say HONDA across the back in lieu of the tag that is sticking out. Still looks quite nice, though.

    I need to get my CB400F engine reassembled stat.

    1. I bet if you look you could find a replacement seat cover with HONDA on the back. I bought one for our XR80 a few years ago that had the correct stencil.

      Love the pipes on a CB400F!

    2. Oh sure, they're out there - just not on this bike if that's important to you.

      Engine is slightly more disassembled than this at the moment:


    3. Let's see... Canned goods, check. Ammo, check. Medical supplies, check. Partially assembled motorcycle engine, check. We should be good for the coming apocalypse...

  2. Separately - ring-a-ding-ding-ding RD350 for $1000 - http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/5554645174.html

    1. Derp, $1500 - though I'd swear I read $1000.

  3. Honda was one of the first in the Jap Market with the 750/4 but heavy and slow compared to the later arrivals.

  4. These are great reliable bikes this looks pretty clean My Honda Buddy loves these with the sandcastings as he calls them.

    1. The true "sandcast" 750's were only built in 1969 until dies were ready and they switched over to the diecast 750. Only about 7,000 sandcast's were built and they sell for around $40K in a condition similar to this '74.


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