Honda’s CB machines & In-Line 4 History

16/06/2019

The models below chart Honda’s long history of in-line four ‘CB’ machines, dating back to the introduction of the seminal CB750, up to the release in 2019 of the Neo Sports Café-style CB650R.

 

1968 Honda CB750

World’s first ‘Superbike’. First mass-produced four-cylinder production motorcycle. First mass production bike with electric start and disc brake. First shown at Tokyo show in 1968 – on sale in 1969.

 

1971 Honda CB500F

Honda’s first 500cc In-line four-cylinder bike. Smaller and lighter, but showcasing a similar style to the 1969 CB750.

 

1972 Honda CB350F

The first 350cc in-line four. Reputed to be Mr Honda’s favourite bike.1972 Honda CB350F

 

1975 Honda CB400F

First appearance of a six-speed gearbox.1975 Honda CB400F

 

1976 Honda CB750A

Hondamatic version. First Honda ‘automatic’ motorcycle.

 

1979 Honda CB900F

First DOHC four-valve engine in a CB.

 

 1981 Honda CB1100R

Raced successfully by Ron Haslam and Wayne Gardner.1981 Honda CB1100R

 

1992 CB750

1990’s version of the classic CB750 of the 1970s – first water-cooled version.1992 Honda CB750

 

1996 Hornet

The first Hornet. A Japan only bike powered by a repurposed CBR250 engine.1996 Honda Hornet

 

1998 CB1300

Introduction of the biggest CB engine, originally used in the Honda X-4.1998 Honda CB1300

 

1998 CB600F Hornet

A key part of Honda’s middleweight line-up for over 15 years

 

2001 CB900F

Powered by a repurposed fuel injected 1996 918 FireBlade engine.

 

2005 CB1300S

Introduction of fuel injection and ABS.2005 Honda CB1300S

 

2007 CB750 Special Edition

Japanese only Special Edition.2007 Honda CB750 Special Edition

 

2017 CB1100EX

One of two versions of the CB1100 available, together with the CB1100RS.

 

2018 CB1000R

Flagship of the new ‘Neo Sports Café’ range, unveiled at EICMA 2017 with the CB300R and CB125R.2018 Honda CB1000R

 

2019 CB650R

Fourth member of the Neo Sports Café family continues Honda’s tradition of in-line four middleweights.2019 Honda CB650R