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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-2002, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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First disc brake?

OK here is an easy one to stirr the spirits
Which was the first production bike with a disc brake, and what else first appeared on this bike?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-2002, 06:09 AM
 
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Hi Aris,

Was it the 1969 Honda CB750. Here is a quote from a web site:

This "magnificent, musclebound racer for the road," as Cycle World proclaimed in their January 1969 issue, boasted a number of firsts for a mass-market motorcycle. It was the first production machine to use a disc brake. It was the first modern four-cylinder road bike from a major manufacturer. It made nearly as much power as an MV Agusta Grand Prix racer and came complete with turn signals. In short, the CB750 revolutionized motorcycling.



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and what else first appeared on this bike?


Was it electric start ?

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Andy this was too easy for you

Of course you got it right!

Well the answer covers everything really, I just wanted to add that it's the bike that started it all.
It's the first 4 cyclinder in production, first disc brake, lots of power, respectable handling (for the time), electric start (OK there were others before) but not as reliable, and it never dripped oil
The finish was great, and the bike was very impressive.
It's the bike that signaled the end of the all the British motorcycle manufacturers.
Actually, Kawasaki was developing a 750 at the same time, but Honda presented the CB in 1969, so they never showed their 750 and went back to the drawing boards. That's how they came up with the Z1 900 a little later.

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