Minichamps MIN122161002 1968 Honda CB 750 Four KO Motorcycle - Red (1:12 Scale)
"The most sophisticated production bike ever."
- Cycle Magazine
The Honda CB 750 KO was presented in 1968 and became a sales hit in the USA immediately after its market introduction in 1969. With an engine capacity of 736cm, 67 PS with 8,000 revolutions and a maximum speed of almost 200 km/hour, the machine was a pioneer of its time. As the first serial motorbike, it had a front disk brake which ensured safe braking with an optimal delay. The clear double instruments which have been maintained until today with the Honda road motorbikes were also marked characteristics of the model.
The CB 750 KO model was designed for sport driving. Quick acceleration and reliable handling even at high speeds were their major qualities. Sales in Germany started at the beginning of 1970, with everything being sold prior to delivery at a price of 6,495 deutschmarks.
Pictured here is a gorgeous 1:12 scale diecast replica of a 1968 Honda CB 750 motorcycle that is finished in red. Comes in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7.25 inches
Height: 4.25 inches
Release Date: June 2010
Historical Account: "Praise and Production" - Cycle Magazine called the CB750 "the most sophisticated production bike ever" upon its introduction. Cycle World called the motorcycle a masterpiece, highlighting Honda's painstaking durability testing, the bike's 120mph top speed, the fade-free performance of the braking, the comfortable ride, and excellent instrumentation.
As the first modern four cylinder machine from a mainstream manufacturer, the term Superbike was coined to describe the CB750. The bike offered other important features, both great and small that added to its compelling value: electric starter, kill switch, dual mirrors, flashing turn signals, screw on oil filter, easily maintained valves and overall smoothness and freedom from vibration both underway and at a standstill. Later models (91 on) included maintenance free hydraulic valves. On the other hand, the bike was difficult to get on its center stand and tended to throw chain oil on its muffler.
Unable to accurately gauge demand for the new bike, Honda limited its initial investment in the production dies for the CB750 by originally using a technique called permanent mold casting (often erroneously referred to as sandcasting) rather than diecasting for the engines -- unsure of the bike's reception. The bike remained in the Honda lineup for ten years, sales totaling over 400,000 copies in its life span.
The CB750 is sometimes referred to as a Universal Japanese Motorcycle or UJM, although certainly the bike has earned notoriety of its own.
The Discovery Channel ranked the Honda CB750 among the top ten greatest motorbikes of all time, giving the CB750 third place.