Hi, all. my 1st post here. per the usual noob, I have a question.
I read the wiki on cb750 and looked thru a bunch of pix on google img search, but still don't know the difference between the C/F/K.
Will be going to check out a 1980 CB750K for sale, is there something I need to watch out for? thanks.
and sorry for the thread jack, but my Q was pretty much the same as yours/
The "K" model is an All Purpose Japanese Bike (APJB): it can be adapted to any style of riding on the roads. The "C" model is geared lower, providing more torque, and better low-end response, but it gets worse mileage on the highway. The "F" is a sportier model, as far as I know.
Mine is a 1979 CB750K -- love it! My Dad has a 1981 "C". Not a bad bike, but the gearing is not to my taste, as I like to tour. His tends to be quite loud on the highway, compared to mine, also, but I don't know what his OEM exhaust looks like inside -- it may be rusted out and mostly hollow.
The "K" model is rock solid, dependable, and it usually gets in the low to mid-40's for mileage (miles, not kilometers). My wife and I toured around Lake Superior on our '79, back in 2009. Rode through four days of rain, in Canada. Never had a problem with the bike -- an incredible trip! Bike still runs like a champion. Progressive suspension is one of the best upgrades you can make on these -- mine now rides like a modern bike... Ohhh, smooth and comfy!
Things to look for? Make sure it starts well, check the color of the exhaust (blue smoke -- walk away...). Check to make sure it hasn't been heavily modified, or if it has, make sure it was done well, and not a hack job. Check the age on the tires: if more than three years old, they need to be replaced due to potential dry rot (Pirelli MT66 Route tires are superb, and the only thing I run my bikes on, period; excellent wet traction -- tested in Canada...). Cheers!
1979 CB750K (sold, 2012, but not forgotten)
1983 Kawasaki 440 LTD Belt Drive (sold, 2011)
1993 Kawasaki Voyager XII
This may help till Luke From; http://www.z1enterprises.com/bike-list-honda.aspx 1980 Honda CB750C
- Frame: RC01-2200004
- Engine: RC01E-2109040 [more]
1980 Honda CB750F
- Frame: RC04-2100003
- Engine: RC04E-2100003 [more]
1980 Honda CB750K
- Frame: RC01-2100005
- Engine: RC01E-2100005
Should keep ya busy till then
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Oh crap, my frame and registration number dont match...Reg is a 1982, frame is 1980.. I will keep you guys informed, I will wait to see what DVLA (our national licencing agency) have to say...I may be in the crap here boys..I purchased this bike with no registration document..Doh
Hey, you might own a really nice bike somewhere. I hope, you do not have a hard time straightening this out.
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