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Old 11-27-2012, 05:12 PM
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The 70's were a bad time for HD. Pretty fortunate they didn't go the way of the British bike industry which was having the same problems.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:20 PM
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I bought a '78 CB750 for $500 when I started riding again in 2003. 50mpg if you kept it under 70mph. The seat was comfortable, but it never felt like a super bike to me, despite it's original billing. It was a 550 pound heavy pig. I bought an '05 DL650 because I wanted a modern bike with reasonable brakes, fuel injected and ignition mapped, with a headlight that was useable at night.

Nostalgia often gets it wrong.
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I bought a '78 CB750 for $500 when I started riding again in 2003. 50mpg if you kept it under 70mph. The seat was comfortable, but it never felt like a super bike to me, despite it's original billing. It was a 550 pound heavy pig. I bought an '05 DL650 because I wanted a modern bike with reasonable brakes, fuel injected and ignition mapped, with a headlight that was useable at night.

Nostalgia often gets it wrong.
Most bikes that are28 years old when you buy them aren't going to feel very super. In 1969 it was another matter.
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Having owned a 72 CB750 ... Today, they are slow, buzzy, the brakes suck, the crude suspension makes them ride like a goat and the frames had all the rigidity of a piece of linguini.
Described my 1998 CB750 to a T. Hopefully the 1100 is much improved.

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While never having owned a CB750 during "the day", I like what Honda is doing with the Retro Release............the same thing Kawasaki did with the original 1982-1983 ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) by re-releasing it again in 1999 with the ZRX1100. While the ZRX is still being sold overseas, it was only sold here from 1999 thru 2005. Modern suspension, brakes and electrics, bullet-proof motor, and old-fashioned carb's.........it's a tinkering-man's DREAM. The ZRX can be used a grocery-getter, drag racer, road racer, and long distance tourer with the right mod's...........just like the old CB750, the ultimate "UJM". I have owned (7) ZRX's since 2000.......they are great bikes and can be had "used, in primo condition" for insanely low prices ($2500-$3000 for one with less than 20k miles.....and some owners are getting well over 100,000 miles on them without much effort). Before plunking down $8k-$10k for the Honda, try some of the older UJM's out there........the ZRX, Bandit, FZ1........if you are on a tight budget.
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CB750 was the first multi-cylinder motorcycle I drove. It is an amazing story when I look back on it....

I bought a 3HP mini bike from my neighbor when I was in about 7 grade for $50. The guy was a family man gear head sort of guy with a dune buggy a few bikes, etc. One day I stopped by on the mini bike to watch him work on his dune buggy. I was admiring his CB750 and he just said; "take it for a ride".

And off I went.... Shorts, no helmet, no checking with my parents, no DL, etc. etc. Just a 7th grader bravely discovering a new passion.

I was lucky I didn't die or damage chrome.
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CB750 was the first multi-cylinder motorcycle I drove. It is an amazing story when I look back on it....

I bought a 3HP mini bike from my neighbor when I was in about 7 grade for $50. The guy was a family man gear head sort of guy with a dune buggy a few bikes, etc. One day I stopped by on the mini bike to watch him work on his dune buggy. I was admiring his CB750 and he just said; "take it for a ride".

And off I went.... Shorts, no helmet, no checking with my parents, no DL, etc. etc. Just a 7th grader bravely discovering a new passion.

I was lucky I didn't die or damage chrome.
I was in 8th grade when my dad let me ride his CB750. Not sure what year it was. I thought it was the baddest, coolest, whatever...
Years later as a Junior in HS I lusted for the CBX. Then the 900F.
Now, I lust for the K1600GT. I guess things really never change.
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After riding a poor little Suzuki TS250 into the ground (actually the California Aqueduct) my first streetbike was a 'red '74 Honda CL450 with the DOHC parallel twin and scrambler exhaust setup - passed down from my Dad. I've very fond memories of that sweet machine...this bike is the perfect grown-up street version. So I've been jonesin' for this thing ever since it was revealed in 2007.

Dad would highly approve if he were still around. He also wanted a CB750 but due to constraints related to budget (and Mom) he went the 450 route.

I just looked through the image gallery and once you get through the first few pictures of the guys profiling around town square, image #4 shows a matching topcase....

Oh no they didn't.....

My next commuter bike just revealed itself. Sorry, Wee!

Dad...looks like you and me are going for a ride somewhere down the line!
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An updated H1/H2 would be nice.
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The advances in bikes have been quite surprising. Bikes that were considered exceptional because they didn't leak oil, usually started, rarely quit on the road, and didn't shake so badly that parts fell off (like the Honda 4's) were quite a step up from the competition. But they were (relative to today) maintenance intensive, heavy, not especially fuel efficient, not particularly quick, had marginal brakes, flimsy frames, and primitive suspension. Of course, the tires of the day were no treat either. Had a CB550 and a CB750. Wouldn't care to have either back. But they were about as good as it got at the time.
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