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The Honda CB72 Dream Super Sport was a 247cc four-stroke twin motorcycle produced from 1960 until 1968. It was the second model of the famous CB-family.
Probably the defining motorcycle for any Honda enthusiast, this handsome beautifully engineered machine is the epitome of a classic Honda. Inclined twin cylinder overhead camshaft engine sitting in a race style spine frame, with 200mm twin leading shoe brakes front and rear all add together to make this the motorcycle of the mid 1960’s. Wherever it was sold it became popular, except with European motorcycle manufacturers. However, the external features of Laverdas 650 en 750 engines in the sixties were unquestionably influenced by the styling of the Honda CB72.
The 180 degree parallel twin was almost over engineered, and of course because each cylinder fired separately, they each required a carburettor, and of course two sets of contact breaker points.
The engine was a stressed member of the frame, and the handling was well received at the time of launch in 1960 (in Japan). By 1962 the CB72 produced 25bhp @ 9200rpm, enough for a 145 km/h top speed. Many of these machines were tuned and put onto the race track, where many successes were notched up by club-men racers. Today they are still raced and paraded at just about every classic race meeting.
Honda CB72 (1961) originally build for racing in the Netherlands