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==A New Breed of Sports Bike==
Honda launched its top-of-the-line sports bike, the [[Honda CB72|250cc CB 72]], in 1959; its brother the 305cc CB77 "Super Hawk", appeared in 1961. The Super Hawk was Honda's first real commercial success, it would overshadow the finest European marques right up to its replacement by the [[Honda CB350K|CB350K]] in 1968. Its flowing lines contrasted with the marque's angular touring models and the CB 72 and 77 incorporated many innovations, like electric starters, four-bearing crankshafts (English bikes had two bearings!) and engines that ran at an unprecedented 9000rpm. With low slung handlebars, they were designed to be raced.
Rated at a conservitive 30bhp the bike was capable of 0-60 times of 5.3 sec. and quarter mile times in 13.23@96mph. The top speed was an unheard of 126mph. Thus, the superhawk was one of the most potent bikes of the 60's. With open exhaust, stronger cams along with the 350 kit and larger carb's, many of these bikes ran deep into the low 12 high 11 second range at nearly 118mph.
==1961-68==
The Honda Super Hawk 305 designated CB77 was sold in 1961-68. Four colors were available: Blue, Scarlet Red, Black, and White. The fuel tank, forks, headlight shell, and frame were painted one of the basic colors. The fenders and side covers were silver. The lower front forks on early models were painted one of the basic colors, but later they were silver. The tank panel was chrome with rubber knee pads. The early models had a flat handlebar, but the later models had a low rise handlebar. The engine was a 305cc 4-stroke OHC wet sump parallel twin with dual carburetors. The transmission was a 4-speed. The serial number began CB77-100001.
With the engines rated at a conservitive 30bhp @ 9000rpm, the superhawk was a strong preformance bike in its day. Strong 0-60 times of 5.2 with the front wheel pointing to the sky with a dewildered rider, was the norm. Quarter mile times were posted at 13.87 @ 96mph. The bikes excellent handling along with a top speed of nearly 125mph, made the superhawk one of the fasted production motorcycles in 1966.
With the engines rated at a conservitive 30bhp @ 9000rpm, the superhawk was a strong preformance bike in its day. Strong 0-60 times of 5.2 with the front wheel pointing to the sky with a dewildered rider, was the norm. Quarter mile times were posted at 13.87 @ 96mph. The bikes excellent handling along with a top speed of nearly 125mph, made the superhawk one of the fasted production motorcycles in 1966.
==References==
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[[Category:Honda motorcycles|CB77]]
[[Category:1950s motorcycles]]
[[Category:1960s motorcycles]]
[[Category:305cc displacement motorcycles]]
[[Category:305cc Twin cylinder motorcycles]]
[[Category:Street motorcycles]]
[[Category:Twin cylinder motorcycles]]
[[Category:Twin cylinder 4-stroke motorcycles]]
[[Category:4-stroke motorcycles]]
[[Category:305cc 4-stroke motorcycles]]
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