1965 Honda CB77 305
It looks like a 250, it feels like a 250. The difference is apparent only after a few miles in the saddle of this 305cc sporster. A mere 5.8cc seperates the two models. Yet this very difference adds up to a worthwhile bonus in punch and accelseation. The 305, at 96mph is fast - and decidedly quick off the mark, with a stanging quarter-mile in 16/s. This is over a second better than the 247cc twin.
However much the 250 impresses, it's bigger brother cannot fail to be that muck better. It is everything one expects from Honda, together with a helping of big-bike punch that comes as a plesent surprise.
Closley allied with performance are revs. All 9000 of them. The CB77 thrives on them and isn't happy until 5000 have accumulated on the neat revmeter dial.
A Japanese Twin with Big - Bike Punch
High speed accuracy
|Very smooth and progressive, with no tendency for
premature wheel locking. That's a description of the potent twin-leading shoe stoppers.
They were much more efficient at high speed than the 34 feet braking figure from 30mph would indicate.
The CB77 has a potent 8 inch two-leading-shoe front brake
|It is a starter of the utmost reliability and efficiency.
Since the auxiliary kick-starter operates in a forward direction it is well that the exectric starter is so efficien - for the crank can not be used when a fairing is fitted.
One press of the button an dthe unit fires up almost immediately. When the engine is cold the air slides must be closed - and it will stall if the throttle is opened above a tick-over before the engine has warmed up.
Best drill is to start on a wisp of throttle and allow the engine to run at 1500 to 2000rpm for about 2 minutes, gradually opening the choke. The book says, warm her up, and warm her up you must.
Electris starter bolts to front of crankcase. Engine unit doubles as frame structural member.
No topping-up of the oil sump was necessary throughout the 1000 mile test, and the power unit remained markably clean.
Wiyh fully adjustable controls the Honda, is soon tailored to fit any rider. It is extremely confortable and is superb for tucking in and getting down to it.
Handleing needs only slight improvement to make it perfect. There is undoubtedly still a trace of underdamping in the suspension. It would be passed off as unimportant on a lesser machine, but with the potiental of the CB77 the tendency to wallow on bumpy corners can be rather disconcerting.
Steering, however, is light and positive and the bike holds the road well
For night riding the main beam intensity was adequate for 50 60mph crusing. A good feature is the clear top cut-off to the dipped beam.
An accessiable dipstick gives an easy reading for the 3 1/2 pint wet-sump system. Engine number is readable as CB77E-103147
|Whichever way you look at the Honda, whether yo ulike a high revver or not, there is one thing
on which everyone must agree; the detail finish is excellent.
From the twin-leading shoe brakes to the revmeter and speedo unit, everything is just so.
For your 280Pound you get an economical, high performance sportster plus a liberal help of the sort of quality you would expect only on a much more expensive machine.
Folding kickstart, and behind top cover, the twin contact breakers driven from righthand end of overhead camshaft.
|Cam adjusters on the 3 load rear units which have cleves lower ends.