Why I bought a Honda CB Sevenfifty.
Written by Martyn King.
I used to have a Kawasaki ZZR600, thought it was the Dogs Danglies. Unfortunately
a myopic car driver decided to kill it for me and in the process break my foot..
The death of a ZZR
The insurance money came through and it was time to look for a new ride. I fancied
a Ninja 600 or CBR 600 but couldnít see any in my price range.
I looked round for a while, mates with cars providing a taxi service (cheerz guys),
and in my local shop (wonít mention the name as they gave me a crap time). I spied this big, black retro machine.
I knew straight away that it would be mine.
The bike in question, a Honda CB 750 F2 with 14k miles and looking like a minter.
I gave it a good coat of ďlooking atĒ and proceeded to clamber on board. This was a bit difficult as I had my foot
in plaster at the time. Anyhow, it fitted like a glove but I didnít buy it right off. It took me a web search and
another two visits to ďmyĒ bike and a few questions to another owner before I did the deal. I didnít even bother
with a test ride as I knew that it was the bike for me.
As luck would have it we decided that we got on with each other, Iíve ridden her
for 2500 miles in 7 weeks without any problems. Wish I could say the same about taking delivery, but thatís another
I put a new rear tyre on and she thanked me by becoming even more obliging in the bends. Then it was time for the
I dread this one; itís usually expensive but this time I got a nice surprise,
only £109! I know that I could have done it myself but this is the first bike that Iíve had with a full service
history so I thought that Iíd carry it on. Itís also the first bike Iíve had that came with the manual and previous
owners in single figures!
The service improved throttle response a bit. I reckon it was down to getting
the carbs balanced and vacced.
Iíve now customised my bike, i.e. stuck on some stickers, a small flyscreen and
fender extender on it and itís getting to be more like me all the time. Except itís a she and Iím a macho tattooed
biker bloke. :0)
Overall I like this bike a lot. If only it would accelerate a bit more aggressively then I would be in heaven.