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Honda CB750F 1980

Honda CB750F 1980 - model profile

July 2020

by Guy 'Guido' Allen

          
Honda's new DOHC series bred a big range of hero bikes

Honda's launch in 1979 for the 1980 model year of the CB750F series was the final nail on the coffin for the brand's single overhead cam CB750-Four line. The original 750-Fours had battled on for over a decade, despite being over-run by bigger and more glamorous machinery from rival brands and within Honda itself.

For the company, the twin-cams were the next generation which we were to see in a variety of capacities, including 750, 900 and eventually 1100. This line-up also saw the introduction of the famous Bol d'Or designation, to celebrate the company's string of victories at the endurance race of the same name. In fact, the marque managed a straight run of victories for 1976-1979.

Road tests of the day suggested it was a decent handling package, aided in some markets (but not Australia) by a fully-adjustable and decent quality set of FVQ rear shocks.

In any case, it was regarded as a quick, comfortable and capable package for the day. It has also proven reliable, with the proviso that maintenance such as regular oil changes is kept up.

Honda CB750F 1980

As with any machine of this age, spending the extra money for a good original example is likely to be cheaper in the long run. Prices remain reasonable. We saw the example pictured above – the best we've seen in a long time – on Facebook for $5500, in July 2020.

Honda CB750F 1980

SPECS:
1980 Honda CB750F

ENGINE:

TYPE: Air-cooled, four-valves-per-cylinder, DOHC four
CAPACITY: 748cc

BORE & STROKE: 62 x 62mm

COMPRESSION RATIO: 9.0:1

FUEL SYSTEM: 4 x 32mm Mikuni carburettors
TRANSMISSION:

TYPE: Five-speed, constant-mesh, 

FINAL DRIVE: Chain


CHASSIS & RUNNING GEAR:

FRAME TYPE: Steel twin-loop

FRONT SUSPENSION: Conventional fork
REAR SUSPENSION: Preload adjustable twin shocks
FRONT BRAKE: 2 x 276mm discs
REAR BRAKE: 297mm disc


DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES:

DRY/WET WEIGHT: 230/251kg

SEAT HEIGHT: 790mm

WHEELBASE: 1520mm
FUEL CAPACITY: 20lt

TYRES:
FRONT: 3.50 H19
REAR: 4.50 H17

PERFORMANCE:

POWER: 57kW @ 9000rpm

TORQUE: 77Nm @ 8000rpm

OTHER STUFF:
PRICE WHEN NEW $1500 plus ORC

Honda CB750F 1980

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