1978 Honda CB750 F2 Phil Read Replica

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1978 Honda CB750 F2 Phil Read Replica

2.00
  • Recently restored during ITV's 'The Motorcycle Show'
  • 1 of approximately 35 remaining
  • Fresh repaint
  • Mechanically overhauled
  • Extensive spares (almost an entire second bike)
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Honda introduced its new CB750, the F2, in 1976.  This upgrade was very similar to the original model but it had been tuned up with bigger valves as well as peaky cams giving a respectable 73bhp.  So, when Phil Read rode a race prepared 820cc Honda F2 to victory in the 1977 TT F1 race before going on to win the F1 word championship Honda Britain saw a marketing opportunity. 

They commissioned the well-known frame maker Colin Seeley to oversee the project of converting 400 standard F2s into Phil Read Replicas.  This reworking included the fitting of a double headlight fairing with Cibie lights, rear sets, ace bars, a new seat unit, a hand made 5 gallon alloy petrol tank with custom filler cap and a ‘works-style’ swan-neck exhaust.  The bike was finished in the iconic Honda Britain colour scheme of red, white and blue as per the championship winning bike.  The model was also the first fully faired, road going motorcycle sold by a Japanese manufacturer.

These racers for the road did not come cheap costing £1,895 inclusive of VAT – this was £360 more than the standard F2, a sizeable difference at the time.  Despite the intention to build 400 bikes a falling out between Phil Read and Honda UK brought a halt to production and only approximately 150 machines were eventually made, of these only 35 are thought to survive

This model was the first road focused race replica that you could buy from a dealer, completely done and finished.  Without it there may never have been the Honda RC30, Yamaha’s OWO1 or Ducati’s 888SP3 and Desmocedicci.  Honda Britain created the mould for all of these proving that customers would pay a premium to ride a bike that looks like their hero’s.

This particular example has a very interesting history having featured on ITV’s The Motorcycle Show with Henry Cole.  The full details of the restorations can be seen on the program but a quick overview of the bike is that being in poor condition a donor CB750F2 was acquired for parts and the donor engine was installed into the bike as well as other parts in various places.  The original engine remains with the bike as does the entire remains of the donor bikes with the exception of the tank. 

The bike is now in stunning condition having been repainted and the mechanics are all up together.  This bike has also been signed by the 8 times world champion and name sake Phil Read to boot.

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these rare and important machines and with the history and condition of this bike I think it puts it a shade or two above the rest.  Inspections and viewings are most welcome.