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~ That 69 CB 750 Honda ~

Sometime in 1969 I read in a 'Cycle' magazine that Honda was bringing out a 4 cylinder CB750... HUH?

So down to Hatfield's Honda shop... "When ya gonna get a 750?" "What's a 750" Newt says? So I told him what I read and then told him I was gonna buy the first one he got in... As soon as one came in the shop in 1969 and they put it together, I was down there to ride it home...

So, then all over town and then some with the new bike.. Here on top of 'Devil's Backbone' in St. Joseph, Missouri, where we went to ride in the dirt, until they shaved it all off to make room for a new Hiway 36...

And one of many rides through Krug Park in St Joseph to test out the bikes on the many curves up and down the hills in the Park...

And to the Industrial Park where we had a little tame hillclimb out back... Getting a run for the hill here...

Not much of a hill, but then I wasn't much of a hillclimber and the 750 wasn't exactly designed for that...

If you got a good enough run you could fly a feet after hitting the top...

Now this was a HOT bike for a heavy 750, out dragged everything that wanted to try me... Left a brand new Harley 900 Sportster in the dust, passed him doing 100mph and went on up to 120... Didn't let many people ride this one...

BUT! is it supposed to jump off the ground like this?

And if that hill was fun for one, it had to be twice as much fun for two...

The best part was the little hump at the bottom where you could get airborne for a few feet... The 750 landed gently... I could get a couple feet off the ground...

But then Roland Black, a riding buddy, thought it was a plane and he could make it fly...

Rode it to Texas a couple times, put a lot of fun miles on it until I sold it to Mike here, in 1975...

He was the one who bought my 1972 Nova earlier and then my 1976 van later... And that was the end of MY Cycle Era...

Purchased from Hatfield Hardware on September 4, 1969...


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