Clymer Manuals Honda CB450 Black Bomber vjmc cafe racer vintage honda
http://www.clymer.com 800-262-1954 Honda CB450 CB 450 Black Bomber Bomber
CL450 Scrambler Custom Cafe Bobber no, the original 1965 1966 1967 1968
1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 Honda 450
Welcome to On the Lift...episode one, sponsored by Clymer Repair Manuals.
I'm James Grooms, Editorial Director. For each episode we'll feature a
machine that's in the Tech Center [Vintage and Classic Japanese machines
from the past]. We may also talk about staff rides or projects, basically
anything interesting in the shop. Maybe even a road trip or two to see
what some of our authors are working on [Repair Manual] and riding.
Today we have one of my rides [For Sale]on the lift, a 1965 Honda CB450.
AKA the Black Bomber... sounds ominous doesn't it. I think this Honda model
has an interesting history. While everyone knows about the CB750, and
rightly so. The Black Bomber is often over looked in Honda's family tree.
When released in 65 it created quite a bit of buzz. The motorcycle press
covered its release extensively. Even the car magazines, like Hot Rod
tested it. It was Honda's largest displacement motorcycle and at the time
they were known for small bikes. [For comparison, Kawasaki was a non player
w/ the 150 B8S, Suzuki had the 250cc T10 and the only real player was
Yamaha w/ the YDS3, all 2-strokes.] Their largest was the 305 Superhawk of
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance notoriety. Author Pirsig rode a
Superhawk, while his partner was on a BMW.
[There was also a scrambler version, a CD450 kit. There would eventually
be a high pipped CL450, CL.]
The parallel twin has dual overhead cams DOHC. At the time, it was the only
production motorcycle so equipped. The hemi cylinder head does not use a
traditional valve spring setup. Instead a torsion bar mechanism closes the
valves. Twin CV carbs were novel for the period also. While many bikes
still had 6 volt electrics, the 450 uses a 12 volt battery. The plugs fire
at 180-degree intervals through a twin coil and points setup. [Editor's
note: this is a Type I engine. There were also Type II CB450 engines using
a single set of points and fired at 360 degree interval. I've never
seen/heard one run. Would be interesting.] At 8500 rpm the engine produces
43 hp. Power is transferred to the rear wheel via a wet clutch, 4 speed
gearbox and chain. The horizontally split crankcase is held in a cradle
frame. This was a departure from Honda's typical spine frame layout. This
also allowed the cylinders to be upright as opposed to previous twins. The
starter is here at the front; another not so common item in 1965. The twin
spring telescopic fork legs hold an 18 in wheel featuring a dual leading
brake drum operating on twin pivots. By today's standards, this cable
operated dinosaur is nothing special, but at the time it was considered top
shelf stuff. The rear brake is a basic single-pivot lever-operated drum.
Despite being banned from British racing because of its dual overhead cams
the bike missed the mark, for a number of reasons. [This model and the
CB350 are very popular in vintage racing in AHRMA 's Sportman class - see
Henning. I think a full blown CB 450 cafe' bike is in my plans.] It never
sold well at a little over a grand. The KO model was basically unchanged
from 65-68 until the K1 [in 1968 and also often referred to as the black
bomber, however, I think it more accurate to the KO] release. I've been
told there were plenty of four speed bikes still on the dealer floors in 68
at a steep discount. Despite poor sales, the Black Bomber's release in
April 1965 marked the beginning of the end for the vaunted British
motorcycle industry [Dominated by Triumph, Norton and BSA.] With the next
new model release, the first superbike --the CB750, Honda sealed the deal.
[More videos to come: BMW R75/5 X6 Hustler CB77 CB500 Four SOHC KO Harley
Sprint XL s Yamaha YR1 Cobra T500 XS1 XS2 X6 vs CB 350 CB450 CB550 1966
1967 1969 1970 1971
1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 K2 k3 k4 k5 k6 k7.]
music by Kevin MacLeod incompetech.com
Motorcycle Briefcase made by Honda!!!
I think Tony Stark has one of these as well.
mykarz: "...those scooters actually came as an optional accessory with i
think it was a civic or accord in like 82-83. They were built to
specifically fit in the trunk of that car, which is pretty cool in my
opinion. Only however many cars that were sold in that time span that
had those scooters added, are how many of those that exist. Its a super
rare little scooter, so you're lucky to see one."
Honda NC700X DCT Auto Review - Owner's Demo
A 15 minute look at the Honda NC700X DCT
BUY ONE HERE - http://goo.gl/CfbtR (Well I had to try!)
My Blog Entry http://goo.gl/tKzb9
Bike of the Year 2012 - According to Bike Magazine
74' CB450 Cafe start and rev
Head to my Project Blog @ www.dashfest.com for more info!
Finally got it started again after tearing the motor down. Sounds great
with straight headers!
Honda Mean Mower vs BTCC Honda Civic
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Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden will be
aiming to keep off the grass when he heads to Silverstone for the final
round of this year's series on 13 October. But he took time out from his
preparations to have a bit of fun, lining up on the grid with three-time
champ and team-mate Matt Neal on a special mower created by their Team
The Mean Mower is a bit different to Gordon and Matt's Honda Yuasa Racing
Civics. It's based on a Honda HF2620 lawn tractor, but the regular 20bhp
614cc V-twin engine has made way for a 1,000cc V-Twin from a Honda
Firestorm motorbike. This delivers 110bhp, and gives a power-to-weight
ratio of 520bhp per tonne -- enabling the mower to do 0-60mph in under four
seconds and hit 130mph.
To cope with this huge pace, the regular mower chassis has been replaced
with a chromoly spaceframe. Suspension and wheels from an ATV help Boost the handling, plus there's a
body-hugging racing seat and Alcantara steering wheel with buttons for the
sequential gearbox. This drives the rear wheels via a chain to a rear axle
sourced from a go-kart. Yet this amazing machine can still cut grass.
The steel cutting bed is replaced by a lighter fibreglass version, and
isn't connected to the petrol engine. Instead, two electric motors spin a
3mm wire cable at 4,000rpm -- proper blades could be a bit dangerous at
100mph. The Mean Mower is similar in concept to a Yuasa Racing Civic, which
is taken off the production line in Swindon, Wilts, and heavily modified.
While the chassis and body are retained, the interior is stripped out and a
roll cage fitted. New front and rear sub-frames are installed, as are
racing-spec suspension and brakes. And while the 2.0-litre engine uses the
same block as the old Civic Type R, a turbocharger is added and most of the internals
are changed. Total output is around 330bhp, which allows the Yuasa Civic to
do up to 160mph.
But how would the BTCC racer compare with the Mean Mower on a lap of
Rockingham's National Circuit in Northants? The track is 1.7 miles long,
has a range of corners and plenty of grass that could do with a trim...
"The only way the mower could win round here is to literally cut corners,"
said Matt. "But if it doesn't, it has no chance. In fact, I reckon I could
give it a 40-second head start and still cross the finish line first."
Was Neal right to be so confident? The way the mower stumbled off the
starting line suggested so. Its tall first gear makes for lazy getaways --
be too aggressive and the engine will stall. But once moving, the Mean
Mower soon gets into its stride. In a straight line, it's quite impressive
-- but the narrow track makes it tricky through corners.
Still, after 40 seconds, the mower had completed over a third of a lap --
leaving the car with plenty of catching up to do. In fact, the Civic didn't
have the mower in its sights until it rounded the penultimate corner. This
was going to be close. As the BTCC racer entered the final hairpin, the
Mean Mower was exiting it and heading down the home straight -- just a few
hundred metres from victory.
But the distance to the finish line proved just enough for the Civic to
close the gap. In the end it pipped the mower at the post, by the narrowest
of margins. We checked the stopwatch: the BTCC car had taken one minute
18.2 seconds to do a standing-start lap. The mower completed it in one
minute 59 seconds -- a difference of 40.8 seconds. We know who won the
moral victory, though, as the Civic can't trim your grass! Little wonder
that these Honda stars are keen to be handed the Mean Mower to cut some
blades of glory in their gardens during the close season.
2014 Honda Grom First Ride & Grom Prix w/ Justin Barcia - MotoUSA
MotoUSA takes a spin on one of this year's most anticipated motorcycles,
the 2014 Honda Grom 125. Watch as we buzz around the California coast, and
battle it out in the first annual Honda Grom Prix with our special guest
racer: AMA Supercross Champ, Justin Barcia.
Read the first ride report: