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
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
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
1965 Honda 305 Superhawk Restoration
Startup and idling while doing a walk around, then riding it away and
coming back at the camera. For sale. Let me know if you are interested in
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: