Our man Melling found a classic bike that would be perfect for those looking for their “first, old bike:” the Honda CB750 F1.
- Melling would have no qualms about riding the Honda CB750 F1 "the length and breadth of America."
- Swap out a few parts and the CB750 F1 has a distinctly modern feel.
- The F1 was Honda's "sports" version of the 750 they previously produced.
- Honda CB750 F1's took on more of a "cafe racer" style, leaving behind the rounded lines and four pipes of the original CB750.
- The CB750 F1 will cruise the highway comfortably at 70 mph and offers a comfortable riding position.
- Even newcomers can handle the at-home maintenance demanded by the CB750 F1.
- The CB750 F1 comes equipped with Honda's iconic single overhead cam, five speed, four-cylinder engine.
- The steel brake disks may work in sunny Southern California, but can be hazardous to those living in rain soaked Britain.
- Wear your badge and wear it proud! The CB750 F1 is one our man Melling would put in his own garage.
- One of the joys of an "old bike" is the simplicity of features, like the basic instrument panel of the CB750 F1.
- Serious classic fans often want a "real" 750, helping to make the F1's relatively affordable.
- The test bike shown here is for sale, fully restored at $6,000.
- Despite some minor changes to the chassis and engine, classic 750's and F1's are nearly identical in looks and performance.
- The CB750 F1 started for Melling on the first try, every time.
- The CB750 F1 will go a long way in making you want to ride more classic bikes, rather than scaring you off forever.