Time has stood still,…..or has it?

They say that time waits for no man. For those of us who are on the other side of fifty, this is a brutally sobering truism.

It seems as if we are getting short changed at every new years eve bash. What!…. another year gone! But hang on, I never got to do this, or that, or that other thing I had planned! Where did the time go!

Pink Floyd, (for those of you who appreciate classic rock) summed it up well in a line from one of they’re outstanding melodic masterpieces, “Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time”. The fact is, “tempus fugit”.

You see, we live in a world which is fast paced. Whatever it is, it should be done by yesterday, or the day before! Everything is about speed. Fast internet, fast fixes, fast deliveries, instant downloads, instant coffee, fast cars, and, fast motorcycles!

Did I say fast Motorcycles? Well, yes I did, and that’s what brings me onto something completely different, and distinctly slower.

“Blast Into The Past Aboard One of Our Classics”

Honda CB750KZ (1978)

Honda's 1980 CB750K is a blend of the old and new, the ordinary and the exotic. It has a relatively orthodox chassis and a truly sophisticated engine, making it practical to own and just plain fun to ride. For those riders who don't want trick wheels, or the cafe low rider look, Honda offers the relatively modest K model. The only flash image on the otherwise conservative 750K are four silencers and swoopy F Style side panel covers

Honda CBX (1979)

The iconic Honda CBX 1047cc six-cylinder delivers 103 hp, thanks to 6 carburetors, 24 valves, and dual overhead camshafts. Interestingly, a similarly-sized but noticeably lighter four-cylinder engine Honda tested at the time only made 5 hp less. However, Honda’s engineers and management liked the appeal and sound the six-cylinder produced. Some have compared it to old-school Formula 1 car exhaust. It also let the Honda CBX top out at 135 mph. That made it the fastest production motorcycle in the world, at least until the Suzuki Katana came along.

Honda CBX (1979)

The iconic Honda CBX 1047cc six-cylinder delivers 103 hp, thanks to 6 carburetors, 24 valves, and dual overhead camshafts. Interestingly, a similarly-sized but noticeably lighter four-cylinder engine Honda tested at the time only made 5 hp less. However, Honda’s engineers and management liked the appeal and sound the six-cylinder produced. Some have compared it to old-school Formula 1 car exhaust. It also let the Honda CBX top out at 135 mph. That made it the fastest production motorcycle in the world, at least until the Suzuki Katana came along.

Honda CB900FA (1981)

For its day, the CB900F was a very serious piece of machinery. These were the days before liquid cooling and hiding everything under a plastic shell, and while the CBX had more power, it also had lots more bulk (40lb worth). By the time of the 900’s debut, the big X was being dressed with a sports fairing, luggage, and billed more as a sport-tourer. The 900 got to be the hot rod, and it was happy with its new duties. Cycle called the 1982 model “one of the best performance buys on the market” and said it was a favorite due to its “broad, generous power, and accurate, inspiring handling.”

Honda CB750FA (1981)

In 1979 Honda introduced a new, more powerful version of the 750 Super Sport to the world, the CB750F Super Sport. This bike came with a newly designed 749cc, 4 cylinder engine, dual overhead cams with bucket and shims instead of rocker arms, and four valves per cylinder making 72hp. This bike raised the bar with its superior engine performance and handling, making it stand above the rest in its class.

Honda CB1100F (1983)

Shortly after its debut, the 1983 the CB1100F earned a reputation as one of motorcycling's true superpowers, easily the most potent air cooled inline four Honda had ever built. This was Honda's first 1100cc super bike with a claimed 108hp on tap. While more powerful than the 900 (up by almost 20hp), it also weighed about eight pounds more fully fueled. Although the factory claimed 108 horsepower, dyno figures pegged the 1100F at 95.79 real world horsepower; good for almost 145mph.

Honda CB1100F (1983)

If your switching from a CB900F, you'll notice the drop in seat height by one-half inches. That's the result of a one inch reduction in wheel sizes, from 19 to 18 inches in the front and 18 to 17 on the rear. In the chasis department, a new box section swing arm pivoted on needle bearings with a steel tube frame and 39mm, air adjustable forks kept everything in check. Its arrival remains a benchmark for Honda in evolution of high performance

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