The Honda CB77, or Super Hawk, is a 305cc straight-twin motorcycle produced from 1961 until 1967.
It is remembered today as Honda's first sport bike. It is a landmark model in Honda's advances in Western motorcycle markets of the 1960s, noted for its speed and power as well as its reliability, and is regarded as one of the bikes that set the standard for modern motorcycles.
In America, Honda introduced both the CB72 Hawk and CB77 Super Hawk at the same time. The smaller machine, the CB72, featured a 247cc engine. Even tough the CB77, had an odd displacement of 305cc’s, the model was a huge success. Between 1961 and 1969, 72,396 305cc Super Hawks were sold, while in the same period only 3,479 units of the 250cc model were sold.
The CB77 had a relatively big engine in comparison to most other Japanese bikes of the period, although it had performance to rival much larger motorcycles from other countries. It quickly built a reputation for reliability and was equipped with several groundbreaking features luxuries such as an electric starter and could reach a top speed of over 100 mph. Add the remarkable price tag of just $665 in 1964 and you have an absolute winner.
Author Aaron Frank even called the CB77 "the first modern Japanese motorcycle... that established the motorcycle that we still operate under now, more than forty years later."
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issued: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2021
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