1966 Honda CB77 Restoration - 1. Intro
I've been wanting a CB72/77 for years (I love their looks), so I picked this one up from a local seller in early August 2014. It appears to be all there (or close), but is in very rough shape. I may have paid a little much and gotten myself in over my head, but we'll see. Last year I managed a top-end overhaul and in-place restore of a CB700SC, but this restoration will take at least twice the work. The Good: Most of the components are there (seat was in my car when I took the picture below) and I scored an extra primed fuel tank in the deal. It rolls and steers well and the engine turns over pretty easily. The seat cover is new, having been fitted over the old seat and cover and the seat pan is freshly, professionally painted. Chrome condition varies across the bike but I think I could get away with aluminum foil and chrome polish since I don't want to go museum-quality (this one will definitely be a rider). The Bad: No compression - the valves are probably stuck open and/or the rings completely shot. The one carb boot is cracked and the carbs themselves will have to be overhauled. The clutch level has no effect - I hope it's just a snapped cable because I can rolling-shift it between 1st gear and neutral easily. Both brake cables are shot and the brake pads are probably junk. The wiring looks awful, possibly warranting a new harness. The battery and tires are gone - I'm planning on M62 Gazelles or more vintage-looking 2.75x18 and 3.00x18 rubbers. The frame looks like it was originally red and then over-painted black at some point, and it's showing through, so I'm inclined to take everything off and send the frame to a painter for bead-blasting and back-to-correct color since damned-near everything else may have to come out anyway, but I'll try to get the engine running first. I've started by downloading manuals and printing them into a binder for garage reference. Ohio still has another month or so of good riding left in the season, so I won't get too far until I can't spend the same time riding, but I think that's good - it'll give me a chance to prep my workspace for disassembly and think about whether I really want to take the full breadth of work on this winter, or resell the bike at a loss or part it out to others keeping their bikes running. These are beautiful bikes and I'd like to come out the other side with a rideable classic that wouldn't be my main bike, but still would be something I'd feel good about riding for a few hours at a time. We'll see...
Twisties on my vintage CB77 superhawk
Not crazy fast or technically perfect, just cruising along and generating a little adrenaline. This is what a '62 Superhawk likes! Me too!
1966 Honda CB77 305 For Sale
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1962 Honda CB77 Superhawk - Warm Up & Walkaround
I thought I'd shoot a quick walk around of my 1962 Honda CB77 Superhawk that I restored. I had just finished fabricating a brand new pair of British Amal 626 MKI concentric carbs to replace the last weak link in the restoration, the overly worn out and irreplaceable Keihin carbs. I was in the midst of re-warming up the (very cold blooded) bike, setting proper idle, etc. throughout the tuning process. The Exhaust is a real beast. The overrun at 6k rpm under load still gives me chills going through a tunnel. If you want to enjoy the sound this bike makes, you'll have to throw a pair of headphones on. Just before filming this I had finished riding her from Sacramento, CA to Seattle, WA and back along the Pacific coast, 2,500 miles in 5 days. I have to say, restoring this bike was a real challenge. Anything that could have needed replacement or repair, did. 50 years of neglect and abuse can really take it's toll on a machine. But now, it's better than every and I'm happy and proud of both the journey and end result. This is a machine you can't walk into a anywhere it buy. It's paid for with blood, sweat, and most importantly patience. More photos of the bike here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1962_cb77_restore/