If there was ever a motorcycle that changed the history of motorcycling, it is without a doubt the Honda CB750. In the October edition of Auto Motor Klassiek we have published a nice report about the restoration of this legendary machine, which has left its mark in the sands of time. Yes, this is the rare 'sandcast' version.
Why the 'Sandcast' Honda CB750 is so special
In the late 60s, Soichiro Honda presented its new four-cylinder to the world, a move that was seen as a bold and prophetic master plan. The Honda CB750 'sandcast' wasn't just any motorcycle; it was a phenomenon. With a displacement of 750 cc and a price tag of 6.500 guilders, it set the tone for the first superbike era and changed the perception of motorcycles as a means of transportation. The engine brand was not yet sure whether the engine would start, which is why the first production was delivered with sand-cast crankcases. That is a lot cheaper than having casting molds made.
Rare components, irreplaceable experiences
A “nut and bolt” restoration of a motorcycle can quickly entail costs of € 15.000 and higher. That makes the Honda CB750 'sandcast' edition, with its rare parts and nostalgic value, a pricey but rewarding venture. The Internet is a godsend for collectors and restorers, giving them access to those elusive components that were once cast in sand.
Twelve years of dedication
The story behind the 'barn find' in Groesbeek to the final restoration process is nothing less than an adventurous journey. The motorcycle had an original Dutch registration from January 1969, which was unusual as this model was not officially delivered to Dutch dealers. With plenty of extra parts included in the purchase, it was a ride full of surprises and near misses.
A timeline of change
The Honda CB750 underwent numerous changes over the years, from the first versions to the later K and F series. The K2, one of the best-selling models, is a great alternative for those who want to own a historic motorcycle without spending a fortune on a 'sandcast'.
Warning for adventurers
For those thinking of purchasing a Honda CB750 'sandcast', be warned: it may be a lengthy, costly experience, but ultimately it will yield a piece of motorcycle history worth its weight in gold.
Specifications that defy time
With its 67 hp at 8000 rpm and a top speed of 200 km/h, the CB750 was a technological marvel for its time. The specs may no longer matter, but the impact this motorcycle has had on the industry is undeniable.
Whether you are a motorcycle enthusiast, a collector or simply an admirer of technical innovation, the article of the Honda CB750 “sandcast” in Auto Motor Klassiek is a must read.