Honda CB72

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Honda CB72
1959 Honda CB72
Manufacturer Honda
Also called CB 72
Production 1960 - 1967
Class Classic
Engine 247cc air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder, SOHC
Bore / Stroke 53.3mm x 53.3mm
Compression ratio 8.3:1
Horse Power 19.98 HP (14.9 KW) @ 8000RPM
Torque 13.28 ft/lbs (18.0 Nm) @ 5700RPM
Fuel system carburetor
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed, manual

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: telescopic fork
Rear: dual shock absorbers
Brakes Front: drum
Rear: drum
Front Tire 2.75-16
Rear Tire 3.00-16
Weight  (dry), 169.0 kg (wet)
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The Honda CB 72 was a air-cooled, four-stroke, twin cylinder, SOHC Classic motorcycle produced by Honda between 1960 and 1967. Max torque was 13.28 ft/lbs (18.0 Nm) @ 5700 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 19.98 HP (14.9 KW) @ 8000 RPM.


A 53.3mm bore x 53.3mm stroke result in a displacement of just 247.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 4-speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc, manual.


It came with a 2.75-16 front tire and a 3.00-16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via drum in the front and a drum in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a dual shock absorbers.

1959 to 1966

The Honda Hawk 250 CB72 was sold from 1959 to 1966. Three colors were available: Blue with Silver, Scarlet Red with Silver, and Black with Silver. The fuel tank, fork covers, headlight shell, and frame were painted the basic color. The fenders and side covers were silver. The tank panel was chrome with rubber knee pads. In the first few years, the handlebars were flat with no rise in them. Later there was a slight rise. The engine was a 247cc 4-stroke OHC parallel twin with two carburetors. The transmission was a 4-speed. The serial number began CB72-100001.

1967 Honda CB 72

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The 1967 MY Honda CB 72 is a versatile classic machine, capable of fitting the needs of every rider age or experience, and has, at its heart, an air-cooled, four-stroke, 247cc, twin cylinder powerhouse, mated to a four-speed manual transmission with a chain final drive, and can produce a claimed 20 horsepower and 18 Nm of torque.

Standard fittings include a drum braking system in the front and in the rear, an one-piece, two-up seat, wide handlebars, a chromed exhaust system, laced wheels, a round headlight, a pressed steel frame, analogue instrumentation dials, and a suspension package composed of a hydraulic telescopic fork and dual shocks in the rear.

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