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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Honda CB750 F2 is not the most exciting motorcycle to leave the Honda factory but a competent, comfortable cruising motorcycle nonetheless. Adequate suspension, good riding position, top brakes and a strong engine are plus points but the Honda CB750 F2 is let down by average handling and a lack of real zest. Sadly, rather boring.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CB750 F2's engine is taken from the Honda CBX750 and detuned, it’s a smooth, powerful engine with a lot of torque and enough top end to keep most people happy. With the motorcycle best treated as a cruiser, its strong but laid back acceleration means it’s hardly hair-raising stuff but that’s kind of the point of the Honda CB750 F2. Delivery’s super-smooth.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Honda CB750 F2 has a tallish, upright seating position, wide bars and good turning circle sound good for town work but the motorcycle is heavy and this can let it down. Motorways and highways are where the Honda CB750 F2 is most at home whilst fast, twisty lanes show up its lack of focused handling. Suspension’s ok, but not up to much of a thrashing, and the gears are a bit clunky.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The Honda CB750 F2 is equipped with clear but basic clocks, apt for the retro look, but they’re plasticky and look a bit cheap. No fuel gauge either. Loads of room for both riders and pillions: comfort’s a strong point. The mirrors work well and the CBR600-derived brakes are excellent. The Honda CB750 F2 has some handy touches including a grabrail and a centrestand.

Honda CB750 F2 (1992-2001)

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Engine size 747 cc
Power 73 bhp
Top speed 128 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Well built and well finished, the Honda CB750 F2 is a trustworthy buy. Plenty of the original 1970s Honda CB750 are still going. The suspension isn't bad but on older motorcycles it’ll definitely need some sprucing up but engine-wise, you’re looking at a long distance runner and the Honda CB750 F2 is also pretty simple to maintain.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Honda CB750 F2's arch rival was/is the Kawasaki ZR750 Zephyr but the Honda was cheaper, sleeker, smoother, slightly more powerful and a considerably more comfortable motorcycle. The Honda CB750 F2 lacks passion, though, and verdicts of “dull” and “a bit boring” litter its reviews. For lazy, easy cruising, however, you could do a lot worse. Find a Honda CB750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1992: Honda launches the CB750 F2: a 90s version of its old classic (and hugely popular) CB750s of the 1970s, which are often referred to as the first superbikes. Minor changes only until the Honda CB750 F2 was discontinued in 2001.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 73 bhp
Max torque 45 ft-lb
Weight 215 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 181 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 747 cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 5 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and compression
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(3 reviews)

  • Handling Issues

    Morini343

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Engine is OK, but the bike is on the hefty side. Biggest issue I'm finding is when I'm banking over in bends, at a certain angle of lean it suddenly drops (like a stone) and the rear wheel steps out. Not sure if this is normal for the bike or the rear suspension needs attention/replacing. The tyre however looks fine. Is this just a terrible handling bike? My old 1938 Speedtwin went round bends better (with no rear suspension)!! I'm not even going to compare the handling with other bikes I've owned it's not in the same universe even though the previous bikes were older by a number of years (and 2 of them were Honda's). Engine seem's bullet proof though. Now if I could just squeeze it into a 3 1/2 Sport's frame ;-)

    01 June 2013

  • F2 re- Nighthawk.

    martin turner

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I do not have the F2, but it's U.S.A. counterpart, the 750 Nighthawk. First of all this bike has a cult following in the States and features as one of the best ten motorcycles ever built. I've owned mine for ten years and it has never let me down. It has done 23,000 miles and I have ridden it all over America but mostly from C.A. to Florida & back. I now ride it in England. I agree that the handling could be better and there could be more extras for the bike but otherwise it is perfect! Mine is a '95 and there are modifications that can be made to it. There sites on the computer that will tell what they are. In spite of the U.S. model only having one front disc and a drum rear does not detract from there appeal. I do not see many nice examples of the F2 over here, I wish there were more about. I have managed to find a rear grab rail,a fairing, and crash bars for mine, and am trying to find a set of panniers. To sum up! buy one if you want reliability and easy maintenance.

    02 October 2011

  • Good Buy!

    vardypeeps

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've owned my CB750 F2 for around 2 months now and I can safely say it's one of the best bikes I've had. Comfy and reliable and that's after it's racked up 49000miles on the clock. It's a great bike for plodding along and when you get bored twist that grip. The only thing that limit's you really is the ground clearance and now and again the soft suspension, easy fixed with a spacer on the front forks and an oil change. Well that's my rewiew and the bike has a slipping clutch at the moment since I got it!

    18 June 2009

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marekcygan

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Cb750 1995 what brand are original tyres

HI Everyone

 

Ive found opportunity to become an owner of CB750 1995 model from Ebay.

The adverts says 3500 miles so there still should be original tyres and brake pads. I would like to check if the mileage is genuine.

I need to know what make are original tyres for CB750 1995 , please?

 

thankyou

Marek

24 September 2013 22:50

gatorman

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I agree Grimbeard.  Boring is a little harsh for a great motorcycle.  It is certainly not the fastest 750 around but its plenty fast enough and I don't race mine.  Mine's a 1992 and never needed anything more than regular maintenace.

I ride in Thailand.  There are good highways here but traffic is crazy at times. Tractor trailors aren't allowed to drive over 100 km/hr (62 mph) but passenger cars often drive 140 - 160 kph. (85 -100 mph)  During heavy traffic, you are constantly speeding up and slowing down.  The great breaks help and the F2 has plenty of power to get out of the way of these maniacs.

One more plus for the bike.  If you know anything about Thailand you'll understand.  Every time I ride up to a bar the girls come out to look at it and often ask for a ride.  :-b

14 July 2012 10:54

Grimbeard

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Boring is a bit harsh

It depends on your perspective - if "boring" to you means "won't tankslap you into the middle of next week", "doesn't have you crossing your fingers when trying to start it" or "won't cripple you within half an hour" then I guess you could call it boring. I call mine solid, reliable and superbly comfortable - the soft suspension being a key part of the comfort. That does mean it handles less sharply than it could - although ground clearance is more of a limiting factor than suspension, as my chamfered footpegs attest. Overall, the Seven-Fifty goes and slows well, handles nicely enough for real road riding, and is comfy enough that the 200-mile tank will need re-filling before your arse-cheeks give up on you. The main downside is that not enough people bought them for Haynes to bother doing a workshop manual, so you need a bit of knowledge (or mindless optimistic confidence) to do your own servicing and maintenance.

21 July 2007 00:18

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