1. Dick Mann Daytona CB750

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Legend has it that four of these were built for the 1970 Daytona 200, and the one under Dick Bugsy Mann held on, just barely, for the win. This isn’t that bike, but it is assembled from all the spare parts that were left over after that first factory Honda roadracing effort in America. Soichiro’s genius CB750 was already a shoe-in to be the humongous global success that made Honda Honda, but Mann’s win seemed to seal the deal. Put a fork in Triumph/BSA, it’s time for Harley-Davidson to dedicate itself to custom cruisers from now on, hello modern four-cylinder era. Of all the bikes and other vehicles in the museum, this is the one you’d most like to fire up and ride through the Malibu canyons for a nice fish taco at Neptune’s Net. And maybe crack a cold one to toast all the excellent things Soichiro Honda built over the last 50 years. Salut!

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Honda Japan hired Bill Smith, Tommy Robb and Ralph Bryans, none of whom finished the 200. American Honda’s late Bob Hansen hired Dick Mann and his mechanic, Bob Jameson, and won it.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    That Cuby demo engine runs like a Swiss watch. Can you wrap one for my desk table at the office? It would make a nice couple for my Stirling engine. All the collegues would love them. Just kidding 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehbC4QQCKM4

  • fastfreddie

    I would imagine that NR750 might warrant a peek…

  • JMDGT

    This stuff is great. I still yearn for another VFR. Maybe an Africa Twin.

  • Old MOron

    Normally I don’t care for museum pieces. I haven’t even been to Guy Webster’s place in Ojai. But this turned out to be an interesting article. Oh well, maybe I’m just going soft.

  • VForce

    How in the heck do you misplace 3 RC45s? This must be the same warehouse from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    “Top men Dr. Jones, Top Men.”

    • 12er

      They had one of them at Laguna Seca for WSB this year. Neat to know there are two more… I was drooling over it then looked at the clocks “brand new?” wow…

    • john burns

      I suppose if you import them and none of your dealers order them, they move toward the back. Time passes… beats me. Honda is big.

  • Donnie

    I had a Cuby engine when I was a little kid. My Dad worked at a dealership and gave it to me. Wow, I wonder where it went? Thanks for reminding me of it.