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eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« on: February 09, 2014, 03:12:26 PM »
I caught this story in Wired:
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/02/honda-cb750-prototype/

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Honda CB750. Simply put, it was the world’s first superbike and a milestone in motorcycling. And one of just four handmade prototypes can be yours — if you’ve got something north of $130k in your bank account.

A gorgeous blue prototype is up for sale on eBay, and it’s prompted one hell of a bidding war. Ninety bidders have pushed the opening bid of $1,969 — clever — to $130,300 by Friday afternoon.

“Six figures? For a motorcycle?” This isn’t just any motorcycle.

(more article at the link)

In the first paragraph it leads to an eBay auction (28 hours remaining as I type this):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Honda-CB-/331120055291?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 03:31:46 PM »
I caught this story in Wired:
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/02/honda-cb750-prototype/

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Honda CB750. Simply put, it was the world’s first superbike and a milestone in motorcycling. And one of just four handmade prototypes can be yours — if you’ve got something north of $130k in your bank account.

A gorgeous blue prototype is up for sale on eBay, and it’s prompted one hell of a bidding war. Ninety bidders have pushed the opening bid of $1,969 — clever — to $130,300 by Friday afternoon.

“Six figures? For a motorcycle?” This isn’t just any motorcycle.

(more article at the link)

In the first paragraph it leads to an eBay auction (28 hours remaining as I type this):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Honda-CB-/331120055291?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276

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+1,000,000 for the centerstand though.  :leghump:
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 04:05:05 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 04:45:41 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.




Those were English bikes, not superbikes.  There's a significant difference.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 04:53:27 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.




Those were English bikes, not superbikes.  There's a significant difference.

And sadly, again, the Teutonic legacy is forgotten.  :nuts:
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2014, 05:04:14 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.




Those were English bikes, not superbikes.  There's a significant difference.

And sadly, again, the Teutonic legacy is forgotten.  :nuts:



What do you mean?   
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2014, 05:17:22 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.





Those were English bikes, not superbikes.  There's a significant difference.


And sadly, again, the Teutonic legacy is forgotten.  :nuts:




What do you mean?



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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2014, 05:22:26 PM »
"World's first superbike"? Not Vincent, not Brough?? I know which I'd have rather than a shitty handling Honda.





Those were English bikes, not superbikes.  There's a significant difference.


And sadly, again, the Teutonic legacy is forgotten.  :nuts:




What do you mean?



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I'm thinking you haven't looked at a calendar recently.  Last time I checked, 1969 came before 1975. 
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2014, 05:23:16 PM »
On a side note, I've actually sat on (but not ridden, sadly) Reg's bike.  It's in the Irv Seaver's showroom in Anaheim.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2014, 05:59:39 PM »
I'm thinking you haven't looked at a calendar recently.  Last time I checked, 1969 came before 1975. 

And Honda won how many superbike championships between 1969 & 1975?
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2014, 06:01:14 PM »
On a side note, I've actually sat on (but not ridden, sadly) Reg's bike.  It's in the Irv Seaver's showroom in Anaheim.

And I've ridden pillion behind Reg twice and Jason once while taking his CLASS school.  ;)
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2014, 06:11:01 PM »
I'm thinking you haven't looked at a calendar recently.  Last time I checked, 1969 came before 1975. 

And Honda won how many superbike championships between 1969 & 1975?


None- but then, nobody else did, either. 

However, we aren't talking about racing here.  We are talking about production bikes that were dubbed "super bikes" at the time.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2014, 06:55:06 PM »
I'm thinking you haven't looked at a calendar recently.  Last time I checked, 1969 came before 1975. 

And Honda won how many superbike championships between 1969 & 1975?


 We are talking about production bikes that were dubbed "super bikes" at the time.

Dubbed by who? I was 13 in '69 & 18 in '75. The only time I heard super bikes was on ABC.


That Honda was a piece of shit if you wanted to ride it more than 100 miles at (or close to) redline.  ;)

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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2014, 08:02:19 PM »
And you are missing the point, still.

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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 CB 750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2014, 11:16:27 PM »
I'm thinking you haven't looked at a calendar recently.  Last time I checked, 1969 came before 1975. 

And Honda won how many superbike championships between 1969 & 1975?


 We are talking about production bikes that were dubbed "super bikes" at the time.

Dubbed by who? I was 13 in '69 & 18 in '75. The only time I heard super bikes was on ABC.




I'm pretty sure it was Cycle World that coined the phrase.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2014, 06:26:21 AM »
I didn't open any links, but... provenance proven...?
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2014, 08:30:35 AM »
It's a nice looking bike, but it wouldn't make my top 10 of all time of bikes to own.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2014, 12:48:12 PM »
It's a nice looking bike, but it wouldn't make my top 10 of all time of bikes to own.

Yeah, cause there were so many other bikes that saw duty
as a standard, cruiser, chopper, road racer, drag bike,
cafe racer, tourer, super sport........

And let's not forget the slew of after market companies
it fostered.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2014, 02:29:11 PM »
I didn't open any links, but... provenance proven...?

There are a ton of photos in the Ebay listing, with the motor stripped right down, showing all the custom work inside the crankcases, and the non-production billet steel crank. Also there are a plethora of tiny little differences between the prototypes and the production bikes that are noted.

It's worth a look at the auction just to row through the pics.
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2014, 02:30:42 PM »
Nvm, auction is yanked. Link doesn't work.
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Re: eBay: 1969 HONDA SANDCAST CB750 VERY RARE PROTOTYPE
« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2014, 02:38:31 PM »
Nvm, auction is yanked. Link doesn't work.


I just hit the link I had in the first post - it works - if that's the one you reference - the eBay auction:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Honda-CB-/331120055291?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
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« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2014, 02:41:33 PM »
Uh yeah, I did click that link, and it took me to Ebays listings for EVERYTHING that was related to 1969 CB750. I tried 3 times.

And clicking on the one you just posted, it works.

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« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2014, 08:43:04 PM »
It's a nice looking bike, but it wouldn't make my top 10 of all time of bikes to own.

Yeah, cause there were so many other bikes that saw duty
as a standard, cruiser, chopper, road racer, drag bike,
cafe racer, tourer, super sport........

And let's not forget the slew of after market companies
it fostered.

And that affects my top 10 bikes how?  I think you missed the MY in both statements.  Either that or you are extremely pretentious. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2014, 10:56:33 PM »
It's a nice looking bike, but it wouldn't make my top 10 of all time of bikes to own.

Yeah, cause there were so many other bikes that saw duty
as a standard, cruiser, chopper, road racer, drag bike,
cafe racer, tourer, super sport........

And let's not forget the slew of after market companies
it fostered.

And that affects my top 10 bikes how?  I think you missed the MY in both statements.  Either that or you are extremely pretentious.

Before I answer, I need to know if we are talking about
CB750s in general or this specific one?

If the latter, we're talking about actually owning a
historically significant motorcycle as opposed to
merely acknowledging its existence.

If the former, then I agree. I would drop it in a New York
minute in favor of a '73 Kawasaki Z-1.
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« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2014, 11:16:50 PM »
Sold US $148,100.00

The latter. This specific CB750 is hand crafted, pre-production. It is collector status and may well have been purchased by a collector who doesn't even ride motorcycles. That's what I see of this, specific, piece of material.  0.02, so no bid from me.
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2014, 02:28:28 AM »
Ouch. Spendy.
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2014, 06:39:25 AM »
It's a nice looking bike, but it wouldn't make my top 10 of all time of bikes to own.

Yeah, cause there were so many other bikes that saw duty
as a standard, cruiser, chopper, road racer, drag bike,
cafe racer, tourer, super sport........

And let's not forget the slew of after market companies
it fostered.

And that affects my top 10 bikes how?  I think you missed the MY in both statements.  Either that or you are extremely pretentious.

Before I answer, I need to know if we are talking about
CB750s in general or this specific one?

If the latter, we're talking about actually owning a
historically significant motorcycle as opposed to
merely acknowledging its existence.

If the former, then I agree. I would drop it in a New York
minute in favor of a '73 Kawasaki Z-1.

Z-1.  :drif:   You have excellent taste.  And a Mach III.  :D
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