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Donnington Classic Bikes 3/5

A 444cc.Honda twin restored in the style and colours of the machines raced by the Honda factory throughout the 1960’s.  Based on the production CB450 with a sprinkling of RC181 exterior components and 'racing' carburettors, the CB450 Racer competed in the 1967 Daytona 200. 

 

The CB450 Racer engine was a 444cc twin cylinder with a DOHC 4 valve head arrangement. The engine produced 53PS at 11,000rpm with a four-speed transmission.


Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

Donnington Classic Bikes 3/5

A 444cc.Honda twin restored in the style and colours of the machines raced by the Honda factory throughout the 1960’s.  Based on the production CB450 with a sprinkling of RC181 exterior components and 'racing' carburettors, the CB450 Racer competed in the 1967 Daytona 200. 

 

The CB450 Racer engine was a 444cc twin cylinder with a DOHC 4 valve head arrangement. The engine produced 53PS at 11,000rpm with a four-speed transmission.


Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 13 Jul 2011, 00:50
I will always remember the brochure for the CB450, Brian...its headline was "...unique and terrific mechanisms!"

It was not a big seller in Australia...people bought either the much cheaper CB350 twin or the head-turner CB750 quad.
Brian Walbey: I remember the first CB750 as it was used for club racing by a well known racer when everyone else had the older British machines. On the main straight of the circuit where I used to commentate the bike just left everyone standing, other guys soon got one of those bikes for themselves.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jul 2011, 06:12
Honda were certainly well known for bikes before they started mass producing very good cars Brian
Brian Walbey: They were and still are great bike manufacturers Chris, and indeed we have a little Honda jazz we are very pleased with.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Jul 2011, 07:35
I'm pretty partial to Honda, Brian, so I'm already in favor of this bike. smile
Brian Walbey: We have a little Honda Jazz car Ginnie we are very pleased with, we're like two little old folks tottering about about in their little old car! No we're not really, Maureen drives quite fast.
I had a Honda in 1966, only a 150cc job but i loved it!
Brian Walbey: I never had a Honda but did have two smaller capacity Yamahas. My son had a Honda 50 step-through which seemed to keep going regardless of what treatment it received.
Nicely polished
Brian Walbey: These classic bikes are well looked after, just like old cars Chad.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Jul 2011, 08:21
Great looking machine
Brian Walbey: I can remember the original Honda racers appearing in the very early 60's, they looked just like this.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 13 Jul 2011, 09:49
This almost looks like a 'kit bike' if you know what I mean Brian.
Brian Walbey: I do know what you mean Chad, when a basic road bike is upgraded to be a racer then all the various parts come in what is a bit like a kit.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2011, 12:35
Which one of these men is going to ride it! smile
Brian Walbey: The man sitting in the back of the van is all kitted out with racing leathers so I guess it was him Linda, lucky man!
It's a pity Rover parted company with Honda to go with BMW. Was never into bikes really.
.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, although we have a Honda Jazz and it is a great little car.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Jul 2011, 17:39
Serious pride in their machine!
Brian Walbey: They have indeed Mike.
one of my few rides on the back of a motorbike was on a Honda 50
Brian Walbey: Not as comfortable as being on a big bike though Richard.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jul 2011, 20:31
My main recollection of Honda was was the Honda 5, the London cabbie's bike when doing the "Knowledge", I believe. The machine here looks in fine condition.
Brian Walbey: Yes these classics are kept in top condition Alan, this one was set to take part in the parades of older machines during the meeting rather than the actual races.

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