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Honda CB77

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The '''Honda CB77''' is a 305[[cc]], [[twin cylinder]], [[four stroke]], [[street motorcycle]] manufactured by [[Honda]] in the 1950s and 1960s and commonly known as the '''Hawk''' or '''Super hawk'''.
At the start of the Sixties, motorcycling in Europe was heading into one of its darkest periods, America was rediscovering the joy of two-wheeled transport and Japan (led by [[Honda]]) was planning the revolution which would kick-start the world market.
When introduced was the biggest Honda available, propelling the rider into a full-blown adrenaline rush with unsurpassed power and speed. The 1961 CB77 Super Hawk™ was the beginning of something spectacular-the Honda sport bike.
With speeds approaching the 100-mph mark, this was not a machine for the weak of heart. But the addition of telescopic forks, dual carbs and twin leading shoe brakes greatly enhanced acceleration, braking and handling. The CB77 gave the rider a feeling of control that many bikes of that era could not duplicate at half of the Super Hawk's top speed.
he 305cc engine came complete with overhead cams, a luxury that was found exclusively in the racing community at the time. Its 9200-rpm-redline was a nice antidote to the low-revving and quiet machines being developed in Europe. The 350-lb. stamped steel and tube frame provided a landing point for one of the decade's finest engines. Indeed, the CB77 was a loud and race-ready contender.
The Super Hawk owned the top spot in the Honda lineup until 1965 when Honda released the [[Honda CB450|CB450]].
CB77 is a trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ©1999 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
==Honda Sets Off to Conquer the World==
In 1959 Honda revealed its global ambitions, setting up the American Honda Motor Company and entering its first [[Tourist Trophy]]. In order to take over the New World and Old Europe, Honda devised a strategy based on customer psychology. No bikes seemingly designed exclusively for "experts" or juvenile delinquents: instead, Honda produced bikes that were popular and easy to use, thanks to built-in electric starters. Honda became the world's No.1 producer in 1960, building half of the Japanese industry's total output of 1,800,000 [[motorcycles]] and exporting over 45,000. Five years later the latter figure was multiplied tenfold!

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