Lot 532: c.1965 Honda CB77 350cc Racing Motorcycle
With specifications that would have been the exclusive preserve of exotic racing machinery only a few years earlier, the sports roadsters that began to be introduced by Japanese manufacturers in the early 1960s seemed tailor-made for production racing. One of the first to make its mark in this increasingly popular and important branch of motorcycle sport was the Honda CB72, an overhead-camshaft �250�. Introduced in 1960, the twin-cylinder CB72 produced 24bhp at 9,000rpm and weighed just 337lbs, an excellent power-to-weight ratio the endowed the supremely well-specified �CB� with a level of performance challenging that of many British 500s. More powerful yet scarcely any heavier, its close relative - the 305cc CB77 - was the first Honda to make an impact in the middleweight class. Essentially an over-bored CB72, the CB77 arrived in Britain in 1963 and like its quarter-litre predecessor was soon making its presence felt on the racetracks. This race-converted CB77 comes with a substantial quantity of valuable spares to include a de-lugged race frame; new Megacycle camshaft; competition 5-speed needle-roller gear cluster and shafts with change mechanism and cam barrel; clutch baskets and plates; new pistons and cylinder liners; valve springs, gasket sets and seals; lightened race crankshaft; oil pump; oil filter, cambox covers; end plates; wheel spindles; 5-speed cam barrel and 2nd mainshaft; and various other components. Regularly raced by its owner for many years, the machine is CRMC registered (Period 1, Group 2) and comes with the appropriate certificate.
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Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
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