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post #1 of 19 Old 08-12-2017, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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XG 750 vs CB750

Does anyone else remember the Honda CB 750 circa the early 70's. I had a CB 175. The CB 750 was even beyond a fantasy for the 16 year old kid I was. It was too fast and too big and too heavy in my young mind. Now I ride the Street 750 and when I looked up the specs I saw my new XG 750 is within just a few pounds of the bike some have called the first Super Bike and or the first UJM. I wonder how the two bikes would compare if one could ride them back to back today. Which would handle better? Which would stop quicker? Which would be the fastest? How does the price of the CB750 of the early 70's compare to the price of the HD Street? Is the Harley now as affordable as the Honda was then? I am I riding a Bike that would be a Super Bike in 1972? Please let me know your thoughts and facts if you have any! Let's take a ride down memory lane.....
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Weight
The CB 750 481lbs
XG 750 489lbs

Torque
HD 43.5 ft lbs
Honda 44.1 ft lbs

Quarter mile
Both could do a 13 second quarter

Price
CB750- $2000 in 1970 (measuringworth.com says thats about $12400 now)
XG 750- 9000- Looks like the Street 750 is a deal!

Top Speed
CB 750 -claimed 125mph
XG 750- 110mph
I would love the chance to ride a CB 750 now....but then again....I am happy the Motor Company finally made the bike I wanted and can afford
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My dad's first bike was a red and white CB175. It was a nice looking UJM. I was very young but I remember him taking us on rides around the back yard. 20 years later I scored him a mint condition CB750 for $375!!

As far as comparing an XG with a CB I think there just is no comparison. The v twin of the XG is just such a different animal than an inline 4. Totally different feeling bike.
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When the Honda CB750 first came out I was riding Suzuki T250 then T350 2-stroke bikes fitted with full fairings. Into the wind taking on a CB750 was the thing of the day. You would easily out drag the CB750 from the start then slide in behind him in the slip stream. Just when the CB750 was running out of steam a quick flick out of the slip stream, tucked up tight behind the fairing, draw up next to him and change into 6th gear, just to add fat to the fire. Normally at that stage the CB750 lost the will to fight on as the CB750 only had 5 gears.

Gosh that brings back memories of a wild youth. One faults of the early CB750 bikes was the breaking of the rear drive chain. The drive chain sometimes bundled going over the front sprocket and then punched a hole in the crankcase. A pricey fix.

Compared to the British big twins if the day the CB750 was super smooth and without a doubt a head turner with the in-line 4 cylinder and those imposing 4 exhaust pipes, looking at you from the rear.

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That sounds like great fun! Wish I had been there!
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In 1979/1980 I remember riding my brother's 1976 Honda CB750F just to keep the battery charged (at least that was my excuse). He didn't care he had his new Goldwing with him in Florida while in the Coast Guard so that left the 750F home with me to explore and improve my riding skills it was a teal blue with a Kerker 4 into 1 Header,man could she move and the power was so smooth in my opinion the 1976 and early 80 CB750F's were the best looking ones.

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My first street bike was a Honda CM400 I rode in high school. I wonder where that thing is.

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So how does the new HD XG 750 compare..... weight and power are close....
so for anyone who can tell us describe the difference in feel....
Is one wilder, one tamer
one louder, one guieter,
one more nimble, one less nimble.
one smaller, one bigger
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Well for starters you did not have to change the mirrors to see what was behind you! From looking at a picture I would think that the CB750 would be more top-heavy. So in the handling department I would give the edge to the Street 750.

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70's Japanese bike styling does seem to becoming fashionable again, but let's not forget;

Pigeon sh*t welding on the frames

Some extremely dodgy handling capabilities, Kawasaki H1 anybody?

Questionable paint jobs, (Suzuki apparently unaware of primer, just top coating frames.)

Nylon tyres that were bearable in the dry but absolutely dreadful in the wet, this coupled with the strange fact that the front tyre never seemed to wear out.

Disc brakes that also had an aversion to rain just to name a few.

On the other hand decent electrics after putting up with Joe Lucas' dreadful efforts, and the rather strange sensation of going out to your bike knowing that it would start was something to remember.

I do remember when the Honda four first appeared though. As a kid I was totally in love with BSA's Mk 2 Rocket Three and couldn't believe that it had been trumped by those dastardly Japanese with an extra cylinder and electric start!

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