It’s a ‘Marmite bike’, love it or hate it and opinions do vary but when I first spied its ugly nose cone protruding from a crate I felt the Sachs appeal; like the B805 being different isn’t always a bad…
Production of the single cam CB750 ended in 1978 with the last of the K and F series machines being coded ‘78’ and offered for sale in the us and Canada.
The last word in motorcycling exotica in its day, the Honda NR750 (RC40) boasts a specification that makes even the current crop of Moto GP bikes seem technologically conservative.
It was made only in that year and supposedly only 20 were made at all.
‘Many enthusiasts would argue that the DOHC 250 Morini, which reached a peak in 1963 when the might of Honda only just managed to vanquish the lone Italian single with Tarquinio Provini in the saddle, was the most outstanding design of its type ever conceived.
Prior to Dave Simmonds’ World Championship in the 125cc class in 1969, Kawasaki had made little impact on the international Grand Prix scene.
Strange how some days just don’t turn out as expected. There I was cutting the lawn when I received a phone call recruiting yours truly to test the Ghezzi and Brian Folgore that same day.
Allan McKee is a regular in UK magazines having featured along with his 1100 Katana as well as a regular competitor with the FRC and the Earlystocks club.
The Kawasaki twin had one of the longest gestation periods of any post war race machine.
There are lots of occasions throughout history when the wrong guy is credited with a break through or important event. Certainly while researching this article my recollections of events where challenged constantly. There are lots of references to the GPX 600, both in books and on the web but precious little about the bike that started it all, the GPZ 600.