Ride a street motorcycle?
If it’s got more than two cylinders, there’s a good chance you are piloting the offspring of this Honda CB750.
The waves created in 1969 when Honda launched its CB750 KO are still splashing to this very day. With the introduction of its transverse, inline, 4-cylinder motorcycle engine (aka straight-four engine), generations of bikes followed as variations of this central theme.
This was also the first major production motorcycle to utilize a disc brake (front only).
The bike in the photo was manufactured as part of Honda’s first model year (from July 1969 to June 1970) and is part of the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum collection.
This bike represents a watershed moment in motorcycle history. British bikes dominated the high-performance motorcycle world up until this machine hit the showroom floors. Honda raised the entire standard of motorcycle performance and reliability and shifted the balance of manufacturing power from the UK to Japan.