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CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE
10th - 11th November 2018
1964 HONDA CB72 250cc
Registration: Not Specified
Frame Number: Not Specified
Side Car: No
Engine Number: Not Specified
Estimate (£): 4,500 - 5,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
- The CB72 was a complete game-changer when it arrived in the UK in 1963
- Inclined, 180-degree overhead camshaft, wet sump 250cc parallel twin in a race-style spine frame
- 25bhp @ 9200rpm, a 90mph plus top speed, and great handling. A sixties teenager's dream
- This 1964 model has had little use in a large private collection and has now been fully recommissioned
Probably the defining motorcycle for any Honda enthusiast, this handsome and beautifully engineered machine is the epitome of a classic Honda. Inclined, twin-cylinder overhead camshaft engine sitting in a race style spine frame, with 200mm (8") twin leading shoe brakes front and rear.
The 180-degree parallel twin was almost over-engineered, and of course, because each cylinder fired separately, they each required a carburettor and two sets of contact breaker points. The engine, in typical Honda fashion, was a stressed member of the frame, and the handling was very good. By 1962, the CB72 produced 25bhp @ 9200rpm, enough for a 90mph plus top speed. Today the CB72 is one of the most desirable of early Japanese classics.
This 1964 model has had little use in a large private collection and has benefitted from huge amounts of time and money bringing it back to its former glory. It has many nice details such as fully adjustable footrests and levers. The majority of parts have been re-plated or repainted making the bike as original as possible.
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