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.