A very original and beautifully presented example of Honda’s first sports bike
Even rarer for being first registered in the UK rather than imported later
Complete with an unusual original registration number – 8412 ED
On its introduction in 1961 the CB77, or Super Hawk, was recognised as a watershed model set to revolutionise the market. It was Honda’s first foray into the sports bike sector and a real tour-de-force in true Honda style.
The bike was as sophisticated as it was sporting offering refinements such as electric start and standard steering damper. It was fast too. Road tests of the time reported a top speed in excess of 100 mph and a ¼ mile time of under 17 seconds.
The History and Paperwork
Unlike most CB77’s this example was supplied and registered in the UK from manufacture
It is also unusual for having originally being allocated an unusual registration number
Lightly used by four owners before being acquired by its current owner earlier in 2022
The presentation of the motorcycle attests to a quality restoration at some point in its past
The motorcycle is complete with an interesting and diverse paperwork file
Highlights include the current V5 in the name of the owner
An “old style” registration certificate dating from 1970 is present
This shows three of the four previous owner changes all by 1973
An original CB77 owner’s manual is included
There is a letter of authentication from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club
DVLA paperwork relating to the rare registration number is present
There is also some information about the model, a vintage Honda book and a technical manual include
The motorcycle is registered as a historic vehicle so is MOT and VED exempt
The V5, DVLA letter and jap Honda club letter all confirm it is a 1964 CB77 305cc registered in UK with correct original VIN & engine number.
The riding environment of this sporty Honda is pristine
The padded double seat is the only known non-standard item
It’s in fine condition, however, and provides comfort for rider and optional pillion
The big instrument binnacle is a period delight
This being an early model, the speedometer and tachometer rotate in opposite directions
The odometer is in a quirky vertical configuration, affording a unique look
The slightly dropped bars afford a comfortable stance and have an adjustable damper at their centre
The rubber grips are in fine condition
Starter, lights, and horn controls are arranged on the grip bases
Heavily textured front foot pegs are retractable and in great condition
The pillion pegs feature a Honda emblem embossed into the rubber
The folding kick start is on the offside as a back up to the electric starter
Everything here is in fine condition and points to a really sound former restoration
By today’s standards the CB77 is a diminutive motorcycle and all the better for that. As a consequence, it will suit riders of a wide range of statures. All of them should appreciate the comfortable and upright riding position as well as the first-class condition of all they see in front of them. The large instrument cluster is a quirky delight, making to very easy to assimilate information.
This little Honda looks pristine in its red and grey livery
The tubular frame, an innovation for Honda in this model, is finished in vibrant red
The front and rear mud guards and side panels are finished in light grey
There are liberal accents of bright chrome in evidence too
The tank sides are chrome finished with rubber knee pads fitted to both tank dimples
The twin tail pipes, springs, handlebars and mirrors are all finished in bright chrome
Anodised alloy is present around the sump and engine base
The cross-spoked wheels are chromed and in fine condition throughout
The period correct, winged tank badges are present and correct
Front and rear light lenses are clear and undamaged
This CB77 is a period-faithful delight and looks amazing. The proportions are just right and the combination of bright red and grey paintwork against lots of bright chrome is very evocative of the early 1960’s motorcycle scene.
There is very little to fault in the presentation of this Honda in terms of condition. The originality is very good too. It’s just the saddle and oblong mirrors that are thought to be later additions.
The “77” of the CB77 designates the fitment of a 305cc engine as opposed to the 249cc of the “72.”
The engine is an OHC, straight twin fed by twin 26mm carburettors
The engine was originally rated at 28bhp produced at a heady 9,000 rpm
Power is transferred via a four-speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheel
Both electric start and kick-start are fitted
The engine is understood to have had a top end rebuild in its previous ownership
The motorcycle starts well and idles smoothly
The current owner believes it could further benefit from a carburettor tune up
The 305cc capacity of the CB77 was quite large by the standards of other Japanese bikes of the period. It also fell foul of the UK licensing laws of the time that allowed learner riders to pilot machines up to 250cc. This made the CB77 a rare sight here.
The high revving twin featured crankpins spaced at 180 degrees aiding smooth running and power delivery in the upper rev ranges. It was clearly a performance orientated machine, too. It’s top speed, with one road test achieving 104 mph, put many larger capacity British bikes of the period to shame.
The CB77 essentially marked a tipping point in worldwide motorcycle manufacture. The little twin was a well specified and dynamic performing model that outperformed many bigger and less advanced British models of the time. Experts of the time referred to it as “the first modern Japanese motorcycle.” This alone makes this a highly collectable and appreciating model.
This example doubles down on that desirability still further. It’s in amazing, time-warp condition and, highly unusually, is a UK supplied and registered example from manufacture. Then there is that unusual and valuable original registration number. Why it wasn’t registered as a “B” plate is unknown but adds to the interesting provenance of the bike.
This is a rare opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike so don’t miss the opportunity to own this charming and unique example.
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1964 Honda CB77
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