Robs Bikes

Honda
1972 Honda CL175 K6
Very popular in the USA but less so in Europe and Australia/NZ, these bikes were the on-road/off road version of the more popular CB175 that many riders cut their teeth on back in the late 60's/early 70's. The CL version had two exhausts mounted high for good ground clearance. They sweep down the left-hand-side of the bike like Triumph Trophies did back in the 60's and early 70's. The engine is incredibly reliable and seems to thrive on abuse, but regular oil changes are essential as the cams run in plain aluminium bearings was was typical of late 60's Honda designs. These bikes are very easy on gas and red line is at a stratospheric 10500 rpm. They easily pull 110 kph and are light and feature great handling on modern tires. I purchased this as a semi-wreck in 2014 and spent a lot of time getting it back to original. Only new paint job and new original two-into-one muffler to go when the photo was taken.

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1973 CB750 K3

Renowned as the worlds first Superbike and recently voted the most significant motorcycle of the 20th century by the motorcycle press. I bought this in 2009 as my second Honda CB750. I use it every week as my normal ride bike). It has about 380000 miles on the clock and runs superbly. It was a USA import. The colour is standard candy blue/green and the exhausts are the originals. Dave Ferguson of Richmond did the honors with the paint job as he does for many VMCCT and BMCT members.

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1975 CB750 K5
My first Honda four, I bought this USA import in 2008 with 13700 original miles on the clock. It was tidy and mechanically sound, but a bit down on it's luck cosmetically speaking. The K5 was essentially the American version of the K2 in Australia and was the second to last year that Honda had this original style of presentation. Colour is classic Honda Candy Ruby Red.


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1975 CB750 K5




yamy
1977 Yamaha XS650 Street

Yamaha's first four stroke design being produced to compete against the Triumph Bonneville 650 and BSA 650 Lightening. Purchased in 2014 this bike was in superb original condition and presented as new. Only 16300 miles showing. Colour is original Star Black. A USA import. It has that unmistakable vertical twin sound that many riders like and has lots of stump-pulling torque. The engine is mouse quiet. Extremely reliable via bulletproof engine and gearbox. Unlike the earlier XS 650 models these later versions have much less vibration and better handling (no hinge in the frame).

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1980 GS850 GT

I bought this bike new in 1980 to replace my 1970 Honda CB350 K2 twin. It was a quantum leap over the CB350, and, as I was a bit tired of chain oil up the back of my new flared jeans I bought it largely for it's shaft drive. It was Suzuki's first shaft drive bike and they got it right first time. Absolutely typical UJM made to do everything rather well. Engine is as smooth as many 6 cylinder bikes and very flexible. The bike is extremely reliable and engine was still okay at 140, 000 km but for cam chain needing replacement. I reconditioned it barrels up at that time to get it back to zero everything. 

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Triumph T160
Trident

Built in January 1975 this model was the last Trident model made. Production ending in early 1976 when original Triumph company went bankrupt. I bought it in Tasmania though it was an earlier USA import (hence the original American "high riser handlebars"). It was in great mechanical condition when I bought it but cosmetically pretty sad. Dave Ferguson did a wonderful paint job and I got the discs etc re-chromed. Has oroginal style black-cap mufflers. Runs extremely well and with tri-spark ignition fitted is a first time cold starter. Good examples of the T160 fetch nearly $20K now days. These bikes are renowned for their distinctive banshee-wail as they accelerate above 4000 RPM - pure music - forget Beethoven !

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Triumph T160 Trident