Honda CB 750F2 Seven Fifty

 

 

 

Make Model

Honda CB 750F2 Seven Fifty

Year

1996 - 99

Engine

Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder

Capacity

747 cc / 45.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 67 x 53 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.3:1

Induction

4x 34mm VE-type carburetors

Ignition 

Fully transistorized 
Starting Electric

Max Power

73 hp / 53.2 kW @ 8500 rpm  (68.9 hp @ 8500 rpm)

Max Torque

61.8 Nm / 45.6 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm

Transmission

5 Speed
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

41mm air-assist stepless preload adjustable RTF VIII fork
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm / 5.1 in

Rear Suspension

Dual conventional remote reservoir dampers with adjustable spring preload
Rear Wheel Travel 110 mm / 4.3 in

Front Brakes

2x 296mm discs  2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 240mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

120/70-ZR17

Rear Tyre

150/70-ZR17
Wheelbase 1495 mm / 58.8 in
Seat Height 795 mm / 31.3 in

Dry Weight

215 kg / 474 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.2 US gal

Consumption Average

16.4 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.7 m / 40.9 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.4 sec / 168.7 km/h

Top Speed

204.8 km/h

 

When it first re-appeared in 1992, Honda's latest CB Seven Fifty was a rather different beast from its 1960s namesake. The original CB750 was the first real superbike, and revolutionized the biking world - a rather tall order for an air-cooled retro roadster in 1992.

 

The CB Seven Fifty's simple, unfaired chassis holds few surprises: a steel-tube cradle-type frame joins a twin-shock rear swingarm to the conventional telescopic front forks (based on the CBR600's items).

Twin front disc brakes wear dual-piston calipers, while the twin piggyback rear shocks and 41mm (1.6in) air-assisted forks offer comfortable, soft handling.

 

The engine is similarly anonymous, despite its 747cc capacity and double overhead camshaft design. It is based on the mid-1980s CBX750 design, its 16-valve head uses hydraulic tappets for low maintenance, while producing a lower output than the CBX, down to 53kW (71bhp) from 67kW (90bhp) and uses a five-speed gearbox, one less than the CBX. The CB's engine is willing enough at low to medium revs, but is less impressive at higher engine speeds: 145km/h (90mph) is its comfortable cruising limit. Windblast limits travelling much over 177km/h (1 lOmph), and the CB struggles to its 193km/h (120mph) maximum speed.

Styling and build quality are the CB's strengths. A large round chrome headlamp

gives a classic look to the front end, and the deep paint finish and chrome megaphone exhaust impart a high-quality feel to the bike. A handy aluminium grabrail looks good as well as offering a secure grip for pillions and an easy-to-operate mainstand permits straightforward rear-end maintenance.

 

But for all its build quality and classic appeal, the CB Seven Fifty is a rather uninspiring machine, which would make a reasonable commuter or occasional Sunday cruising tool. Riders requiring long-legged touring ability or high-octane sporting thrills will probably look elsewhere.