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Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« on: August 09, 2016, 23:30:33 PM »

So finally I managed to get round to scanning this two page magazine article on the CBR750F.  I hope this uploads !!

I scanned it as A3 at 600dpi and it ended up as 18MB file so I reduced it down some what to a fraction of that so it is readable just.

Enjoy.. Apologies it has been long in coming..
With a passion for rare 80s sportsbikes like the GSX-R400 it's small wonder I find myself drawn to the exclusive Japanese grey import scene :)

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Re: Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 23:46:07 PM »
Whether the figure of 30 bikes imported into the UK still stands is debatable. However as I own 5 of them and have seen at least 8 on sale in the UK in the past 12 months that's a third of them accounted for :)

However importing ain't cheap and I suspect that figure is quite plausible,  and whilst the popularity for importing peaked in the late 1990s or 1997 to be more accurate (given 90% of my grey bikes Suzuki or Hondas seem to have the year 1997 stamped on their  import papers)  there does seem to be a bit more of an import market sparking up again as people are seeing there being something in rare collectible Motorcycles from the East that through neglect and butchery (aka streetfightering) are now a lot thinner on the ground in the UK market than they previously were ... notably I am talking about the early 80s GSXR750 and other sportsbikes from that era...

Typically we are seeing prices of 30 year old bikes head toward their list prices of new 30 years past...so there is definitely something in it as an investment if you are prepared to hold onto them for a while....and you are doing your bit to preserve a bit of motorcycling history which is no bad thing.  smile1004swing

Ps anyone interested here is a collection of CBR750F selling on ebay. I like to make a note of what is out there, you never know.  Quite a variety of prices from the crazy low price of £165 I paid to the dizzy heights of £1995 as they say somewhere in between is about right !

http://www.ebay.co.uk/cln/gsxr400man/honda-cbr750f/275912772011

« Last Edit: August 09, 2016, 23:58:47 PM by Richie Rich »
With a passion for rare 80s sportsbikes like the GSX-R400 it's small wonder I find myself drawn to the exclusive Japanese grey import scene :)

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Re: Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2016, 08:54:03 AM »
It was a wonderful bike. It lost to the VFR because the Japanese police opted VFR. Outside Japan the 1000's were more interesting which is why it was never exported officially (choice between the 600 and thou was sufficient).

Nice article though. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 10:32:27 AM »
If it hadn't been restricted it would have been far more succesful, if I had to chose between a V4 and a straight 4 I'go straight every time, well, in fact I did.
Have several friends owning VFR1000's and they are a nightmare to service.

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Re: Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 09:20:46 AM »
If it hadn't been restricted it would have been far more succesful, if I had to chose between a V4 and a straight 4 I'go straight every time, well, in fact I did.
Have several friends owning VFR1000's and they are a nightmare to service.


Restriction was because it was Japanese market only and had to be legal there. If you had to choose between a 750 and 1000 what would you choose then?
I think Honda figured most people would go for the Thou... except in Japan where they would be near impossible to insure.
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Re: Magazine Article post from Practical Sportsbikes - April 2014
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2016, 20:53:59 PM »
I'm not so sure, I bought my CBR as successor to a whole series of 750 Honda's I had in the 15 years before, and
that was just because I found the newer dohc 750 not really better ( or even worse) than the sohc that weren't built anymore, and the only really modern one was the V4 VFR......so had there been a CBR750 as alternative, who knows gribbin12