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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.
[[Image:1961_honda_Cb77.gif|left|thumb|1961 Honda CB77]][[Image:honda_Chromecb77.jpg|left|thumb|Honda CB77]][[Image:honda_Cb77.jpg|left|thumb|Honda CB77]][[Image:honda_Cb77a.jpg|left|thumb|Honda CB77]][[Image:1977-Honda-CB77-Superhawk-Black.jpg|left|thumb|
1977 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Black]] [[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-0.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-1.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-2.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-3.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-4.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1965-Honda-CB77-Red-5.jpg|left|thumb|1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk in Red]][[Image:1968-Honda-CB77-Black-124-0.jpg|left|thumb|1968 Honda Super Hawk (CB77) in Black]][[Image:1968-Honda-CB77-Black-124-1.jpg|left|thumb|1968 Honda Super Hawk (CB77) in Black]]
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