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Honda D2-492-09-13
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 300
Model : CB 77
Production : 1961 -
Category : (R) Street Bike

300 CB 77 – 1961

The sports bike that made Honda

At the start of the Sixties, motorcycling in Europe was heading into one of its darkest periods, America was rediscovering the joy of two-wheeled transport and Japan – led by Honda - was planning the revolution which would kick-start the world market.

Honda Sets Off to Conquer the World

In 1959 Honda revealed its global ambitions, setting up the American Honda Motor Company and entering its first Tourist Trophy. In order to take over the New World and Old Europe, Honda devised a strategy based on customer psychology. No bikes seemingly designed exclusively for "experts" or juvenile delinquents: instead, Honda produced bikes that were popular and easy to use, thanks to built-in electric starters. Honda became the world's No.1 producer in 1960, building half of the Japanese industry's total output of 1,800,000 two-wheelers and exporting over 45,000. Five years later the latter figure was multiplied tenfold!

A New Breed of Sports Bike

Honda launched its top-of-the-range sports bike, the 250cc CB 72, in 1959; its near-twin, the 305cc CB 77 "Super Hawk", appeared in 1961. Honda's first real commercial success, it would overshadow the finest European marques right up to its replacement by the CB 350 in 1968. Its flowing lines contrasted with the marque's angular touring models and the CB 72 and 77 incorporated many innovations, like electric starters, four-bearing crankshafts (English bikes had two bearings!) and engines that ran at an unprecedented 9000rpm. With dropped handlebars, they were designed to be raced.


Engine: air-cooled 303cc (60x54 mm) vertical twin-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 28.5hp @ 9000rpm

Valves: single chain-driven overhead camshaft

Fuel System: 2 carburetors

Transmission: 4 speeds

Suspension: telescopic fork (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: two leading shoe drum (front/rear)

Wheels: 18in wire

Weight: 242 lb

Today a rare collectors' item, the CB7 is worthy of attention, though this preserved example has acquired rather more chromium plating than it wore when new.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

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