Vintage Supply - 1972 Honda CB750K2

A 1972 CB750K2 in Brier Brown Metallic…



The ground breaking Honda CB750 was introduced to the world in 1969 as the first mass produced 4 cylinder motorcycle. The 1969 models are commonly referred to as the K0 model and there were evolutionary changes every year of the 10 years the K model was produced.   By 1972 the model designation was CB750K2. Production had risen from 53,400 units in the 1969-1970 selling season to 63,500 units in 1972. Visually the K2 appeared to be little changed from the ‘69 model but after doing some research I found that there were in fact quite a few changes. 

Brier Brown Metallic

Brier Brown Metallic

Sales: Peak year for CB750 sales was the 1971 K1 model and the lowest sales year was 1975 K5 model.  The low number for 1975 production is even more interesting when you consider that more motorcycles were sold in the USA in 1975 than any year before or since.

An interesting note about the CB750 colors; not only did color choices change every year as you would expect, but the number of color choices available each model year also varied. The original K0 was offered in two colors, the K1 was offered in five colors, the K2 was back to two color choices, the K3 & K4 offered 3 colors, the K5 offered in two colors and the K6 was only available in one color and the final two years of the SOHC 750s, the K7 & K8 were again offered in two color choices.

Restricted 341 series mufflers that were quieter than earlier 300 series. These mufflers were used from 1972 through 1976. Baffles in the lower half of the air box to reduce intake noise which were also more restrictive.

  • Sprocket change: Front sprocket went from a 17 to 18 tooth and the rear remained the same at 48 teeth.

  • Rear shocks were altered.

  • Metal chain guard rather than the previous plastic version.

  • New swingarm design.

  • New front disc rotor, used through 1975.

  • New warning light panel between the instruments. Warning lights panel was unique to K2 with “flash” for the turn signals signals and “neut” for neutral light.

  • The instruments went from plastic cases to metal cases with glass lenses and the warning lights were no longer in the instruments.  

  • New larger tail light first used on the K2. New tail light bracket. New rear fender with mounting holes in a different place for the new tail light bracket

  • Unique handlebars that were only used for 1972. They were the narrowest ever used on a K model at 28.25” with the lowest rise of any year at 3” and the least pullback at 4”.

  • New style hand gripsKey operated seat latch. (some late K1s had the key).

  • Turn signal buzzer. Only 1972 had a button on the bottom of the left handlebar switch to mute the buzzer.

  • Rear grab rail added. 

  • Rear turn signals now mounted to the grab rail instead for the frame as was on the K0 & K1.

  • Plastic document compartment added to the underside of the seat where the owner’s manual and registration papers could be stored.

  • Headlight shell is black, no longer color matched to the tank and side covers.

  • The headlight mounts, sometimes called fork ears are no longer color matched to the tank and side covers but are now chrome plated.

  • Reflectors on the forks were a larger diameter.

  • Seat pattern and shape was changed on the K2 model and remained the same through the K6. 

  • Colors offered in 1972 were: Briar Brown Metallic and Flake Sunrise Orange


This particular bike is available for sale here.





































Vintage Supply - 1972 Triumph TR6R

Let’s review this 1972 Triumph TR6R Tiger…

1972 was the 2nd year for the new Oil In Frame Triumphs, and the single carb Tiger sorted out a few problems from 1971 which produced a 649cc package that is now a very rideable  classic British motorcycle.

The frame was redesigned for 1972 giving a lower seat height of 32 1/2 inches with a hinge on the left as in 1970. The TR6 was offered again in 1973 along with the 750 TR7 eventually being replaced by it.

Rocker box covers allowed easier access for valve adjustments.

The single Amal 30mm carb is much simpler and more torquey than the twin carb Bonneville, (Believe me, I have a twin carb Triumph) and Steve McQueen preferred a single carb on the Triumphs he raced!

Those beautiful conical brake hubs with front air scoop were improved for 1972. This is the last year for drum brakes on the front, as a disc was added in 1973.  The drums are adequate for a bike like this, and there is none of the maintenance with a master cylinder and hoses(Once again I speak from experience, I have the same brakes on my T140, no fluid to worry about  and they look cool!)

Right hand shift in the classic British style with left foot braking, this went away with 1975 models as all had to comply with new regs.

Polychromatic Blue and Cold White are the colors on this restored classic.

Classic Smith’s gauges.

48 horsepower on tap gives plenty of power for cruising, these classics are really suited for backroads and state highways, not Interstate travel at sustained 80 mph+. We have seen 45-50 mpg on bikes like this giving pretty good range.

Plenty of power and a comfortable seat for 2 up riding.

These early 70’s Triumphs are a great way to get in to vintage motorcycling with a classic British twin!

You can find this particular bike for sale here.

George French (Left) and Larry Adams (Author, Right)

George French (Left) and Larry Adams (Author, Right)


Check out Larry’s other article, Two Old Triumphs, One Cold Man: The New Year’s Ride. Also, be sure to follow his blog, Larry’s Lectures.

Vintage Supply - Bridgestone 100 TMX

1967 Bridgestone 100 TMX

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Bridgestone (yes, that Bridgestone) offered their first "cycle" with a motor in 1952. The first Bridgestone motorcycle was imported to the USA in 1963. Bridgestone exited the motorcycle industry in 1971. It was a short but sweet run.

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Bridgestone motorcycles were known for their durability and exceptionally high build quality. The 100s were the high-seller of the bunch. They offered a Roadster and a dual-sport model. This is the dual-sport model complete with twin "hi-lo" or "on-off road" sprockets. The (claimed) 11hp, two-stroke, oil-injected, rotary valve engine offers a wide range of power topping out at 65mph. A rotary pattern gearbox is also featured in this bike, allowing the rider shift directly to 1st gear from 4th by shifting up.

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This particular bike is in all original condition and runs and rides great. Its a blast to ride and is great conversation piece. 

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Vintage Supply - Honda CL360

1974 Honda CL360 

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The CL360 was only made for two years, 1974 and 1975. Of those two years, Green was only offered one year ('74) and seems to be much more rare than the orange bikes (the other color made in '74).  Contrary to what many might think, the "360" line of bikes was much more than a bore job they gave the bikes a whole new chassis.

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This particular bike is all original (except for a fresh battery and new tires).  Everything you see is from the factory. It has just been serviced and starts up and runs like new. 

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Vintage Supply - Norton 850 Commando

1974 Norton 850 Commando

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Everybody loves a Norton. This beautiful 850 is no exception. This bike has been restored and runs and rides great. These highly collectible machines are going up in value everyday. It is always nice to find one that is already restored. Check the details below to see the high points of this 850.

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Details

  • Akront Wheels - 19" Front, 18" Rear
  • Tach-Drive O-Ring Modification
  • Oil Filter Conversion for Saturn Filter
  • Stainless Steel Rocker Oil Lines
  • PCV Conversion for Crankcase
  • Boyer MKIII Electronic Ignition
  • 3 ph 180w Charging System converted to negative ground.
  • Halogen Headligh
  • Stainless Exhaust w/Locking Pipe Nuts - New Threads in Head
  • New Rear Shocks
  • Swing arm modification
  • Caswell Sealed Fuel Tank
  • New Fuel Petcocks
  • Refurbished Isolastics
  • 19T Front Sprocket
  • New Rear Grab Bar
  • New AGM Battery
  • Corbin Gunfighter Seat and Stock Seat
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Vintage Supply - Honda CL77

1966 Honda CL77 - 305 Scrambler

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The Honda CL77 is the offroad variation of the CB77, aka the Super Hawk. The differences include 19" wheels front and rear, smaller fuel tank, taller handlebars with a crossbrace, kick-start only.... the list goes on. These bikes are very cool and getting harder and harder to find in this condition.

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This particular model has been taken through the restoration process by a factory-certified Honda service rep that has worked with Honda since the 70s. The restoration was performed using a slew of NOS parts pulled from a huge private collection of vintage Honda parts. The motor has been completely rebuilt, with only 10 miles since the build it is still in its break-in period. It is bored first over, includes new valves, new clutch, all new seal and even the transmission has been completely rebuilt. The carburetors have been cleaned and rebuilt using new carburetor kits. The alternator and voltage rectifier are performing perfectly and a new battery has been performed. The charging system is perfect. The frame has been restored, including new steering bearings and new swing-arm bearings. The frame has been acid dipped, then rust-proof primed, then painted black. The inside of the fuel tank has been cleaned, stripped and sealed using the tried and true KBS coating kit.

Vintage Supply - Honda CA200

1964 Honda CA200

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The Honda C200 also known as the CA200 was the bigger brother to the original Honda 50. The CA200 uses an 87cc push rod single with cast iron barrel and head rather than the usual OHV aluminum engine that is so common is small Hondas. This bike can be seen in the early 1960s Honda advertisements using the now famous tagline “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”

"You meet the nicest people on a Honda"

"You meet the nicest people on a Honda"

This iconic little Honda has been restored from the crankshaft up. Everything is new OEM Honda or the best reproduction parts available. (The seat is original because it’s in very good condition and we could not find an original or accurate reproduction). We searched the world over for many months until we finally secured an original Honda exhaust system.The wheels are freshly replaced with new spokes, rims and tires.  The engine rebuild as well as the complete restoration was done by a 30+ year Honda Motor Company factory service rep. This is they guy they would send out to dealers who had a problem with a CBX or CX500 Turbo and he would show them how to fix the problem. He has a wealth of knowledge about Hondas and we were very fortunate to commission the bike to him for restoration. The bike has less than 3 miles on it since the restoration was completed. This is the real deal for true Honda collectors who want to own a piece Honda’s early history.

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It’s ready to ride if you choose to do so or if you want to draw a crowd then show up at a vintage bike show with this little jewel. Originally restored to be a keeper for a personal collection, the owner has reluctantly decided to let it go in hopes that it will go to a great new owner.

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Vintage Supply - AJS Model 20

1955 AJS Model 20 - 500cc Twin

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The Model 20 was produced from 1948-1961 and was the beginning of AMC's twin cylinder motorcycles. Always in the wake of the speed and beauty of the Triumph twins, AMC tried their best with the 20 (AJS) and the G9 (Matchless).  The AJS twins may not have been as fast or pretty as the Triumphs but they certainly had a reputation for being well-handling and reliable machines. By the time the 500 twins were discontinued in 1961 there had been few major changes to the bike. In 1950 the bikes received an extra clutch spring, giving it 5 rather than 4. In 1951, new rear suspension was introduced, the famous "jampots". In 1952 a new gearbox was introduced. In 1952, due to government restrictions, AJS could not produce the all chrome fuel tanks, so they switched to an all-black paint scheme. But don't worry! The chrome tanks were reintroduced in 1954.

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This particular bike was restored in the mid 2000's and still looks and runs great. Since the restoration, it has only been ridden 700 miles (according to the NOS speedometer). Everything has either been restored or replaced to exact original condition. Clear title in hand. 

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Currently the Model 20 is being featured in an antique motorcycle exhibit in the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.  It will be there until the end of February.

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