A website dedicated to Honda motorcycles. Specific models covered are the CB750K, CB750F, CB650, CB550K, CB550F, CB500, CB400F, and CB350F period articles, and service manuals.
1947 Honda Model A
Produced in 1947, before the establishment of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., this bicycle engine was the first product to bear the Honda name. Easily mounted to bicycles, it was produced until 1951.
1969 Honda Dream 750 Four
The World's first mass-produced Super Sports model with a 4-cylinder OHC engine, the CB750 Four ushered in the multi-cylinder big-bike era and popularized Japanese motorcycles world-wide.
1982 Honda VF750F
Inheriting the concept of the NR500 GP racer, this model featured a 90 degree V engine and other innovative technology, and became the base for subsequent racers on circuits.
1977 CB750 Four-K
This was the final model produced in the nine-year production span of the OHC CB750 Four. The highly refined 4-cylinder engine was set off manificently by a quartet of megaphone-style mufflers.
The ultimate air-cooled 4-stroke motorcycle. Featuring GP racer technology, it was the world's first production motorcycle with a DOHC in-line 6-cylinder engine and Honda's first 1000cc super sports.
1988 VT250 Spada
This naked sports twin was the first mass production bike to feature a thin-walled, hollow, cast aluminum frame. Its 4-stroke V-Twin engine pumped out ample low and mid-range torque and earned it a reputation as an easy-to-ride 250cc motorcycle.
1982 Honda NR Crankshaft Assembly
The NR (New Racing) engine was developed following Honda's 1977 announcement of plans to return to the World Grand Prix circuit. The goal was to develop a 130PS power plant that would outperform 2-cycle competitors. Among the innovative technology were oval pistons with dual connecting rods, an 8-valve configuration and a pressed-in crankshaft assembly.
This machine was specially developed for AMA dirt track racing. It used a modified OHV 4-valve engine from the CX500, the export version of the GL500, and was the predecessor of the chain-drive RS750D.
Rider: No. 19 Freddie Spencer
1964 RC165E Engine
Powering Honda racers in the 250cc World Championships from 1964 through 1967, this was the first Honda 6-cylinder to win a GP. It powered an RC165 to victory in the 1964 Japan GP and was later developed into the unbeatable RC166E.
This machine contested the 1962 GPs in the 350cc class. A successor of the RC170 285cc, it debuted at the Ulster GP (Round 7) and contributed to Honda's first 3-class sweep.
Suzuka winner. Rider: No. 1 Jim Redman
Utilizing know-how from Honda's NR (New Racing) 500 GP bikes, the NR was the first production motorcycle to feature an oval piston engine. A showcase of state-of-the-art technology, this road sports model used titanium, carbon fiber, and other advanced technology.
1979 NR500 (OX)
A factory road racer fitted with a revolutionary oval piston engine (containing 8 valves in each cylinder).
1979 Italian GP entry. Rider: 5 Takazumi Katayama
This racer equipped with an E-type engine was the first domestically produced machine to compete overseas. It completed the Sao Paulo 400-year Commemorative International Road Race in Brazil.
Interlagos 13th place. Rider: No. 136 Mikio Omura
1972 CB750 Racer
This is an improved version of the CB750 which won the 1970 Daytona 200 in its debut outing. Its fairing was the first to use Honda's new red, white, and blue colors.
The first model with both engine and frame designed by Honda, the Model C was a class winner in a U.S.-Japan race held in Tokyo.
Featuring extensive application of advanced technology, this example was displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The engine uses titanium and magnesium, and the frame, swing arm, wheels, and fork tubes are made of carbon fiber.
The first Honda to compete in 250cc class, this machine took Honda to the winner's stand with a third place finish in the 1960 West German GP (Round 4).
1955 Benly JC56
This is the third generation of the Benly J model. In addition to increased power, it had a Dream-type pressed-backbone frame and an Earle-type fork originally designed for racing at the Isle of Man. Ride comfort was excellent.
1962 CR110 Cub Racing
Developed to meet regulations for clubman racing based on mass-produced machines. This limited production 50cc high-performance sports bike with lighting equipment was legal for street riding.
Honda's first DOHC Four. Five were entered in the 1959 All-Japan Motorcycle Endurance Race held at Mt. Asama, where they completely dominated the event.