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Where would we be without the Japs?

Just a thought on a slow day.
If the Japanese had not decided to build bikes, what would we be riding today?
I started on all types of crap bikes and dreamed of an in line four that was reliable, did not vibrate itself to death, leak oil, powerful, good electrics. Etc. etc. And then came the CB 750 and my world took a huge step forward.
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Personally I like Japanese motorcycles. I still have my 2002 R1.
As for what would we be riding without them? I like to think we would all be riding Brittens.
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Just a thought on a slow day.
If the Japanese had not decided to build bikes, what would we be riding today?
I started on all types of crap bikes and dreamed of an in line four that was reliable, did not vibrate itself to death, leak oil, powerful, good electrics. Etc. etc. And then came the CB 750 and my world took a huge step forward.
Your thoughts??
Yes that was indeed a ground breaking bike. I think any collection that wishes to be representatove of true motorcycling histroy needs a CB 750 Four in it.

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Personally I like Japanese motorcycles. I still have my 2002 R1.
As for what would we be riding without them? I like to think we would all be riding Brittens.
I would like to think that too, I would ride one, principaly as a mark of respect to the sheer genius. Yes, I do realise that Johnathon Britten was a Kiwi


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The CB750 was the bike that propelled Tamburini into prominence (the first Bimoto used that engine). Tambo himself, in an interview, has credited the CB750 with being the motorcycle that changed everything.

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Where would we be without the Europeans ?

For sure the Japanese raised the bar and forced European Manufacturers into bankruptcy or made them trailing the performance of the Japanese forerunners. The low Yen did support the Japanese either at this time.
However the Japanese started with copying European bikes, as Yamaha did with an NSU, or was it DKW, for an example.
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I too like Japanese bikes. I've had a fair few of 'em over the years including several varients of CB750. Any history of road motorcycling would surely have to give that bike a chapter or so. It's well known big H beat Kawasaki to the gun and they (Kawasaki) went back to the drawing board and came up with the Z1. All of the 'big 4' have had some great bikes in their line ups over the years. I'd like to think the Brits had their share of good stuff too. Just don't park one on the living room carpet. I think we had a top ten favourite bikes thread some time ago, in fact there may have been more than one (thread that is). As for landmark road bikes, I'd go with the CB750. I couldn't believe it when I first saw one. The only other bikes which have made me stop and stare are the 750 MV's (the original Cascina Costa bikes), the 916 and the F4.


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. Come to think of it I don't have a garage since the old one burnt down!
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As for landmark road bikes, I'd go with the CB750. I couldn't believe it when I first saw one. The only other bikes which have made me stop and stare are the 750 MV's (the original Cascina Costa bikes), the 916 and the F4.
I'd go with that John and i've owned them all The only other bike I might add to that list is a Ducati 900SS,

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to me the original gsxr750 is what changed it all i've owned 3 1985 models and loved them all
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Of course, what REALLY introduced TWO wheel transport to the masses in 1946?



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Where would we be without the Europeans ?

For sure the Japanese raised the bar and forced European Manufacturers into bankruptcy or made them trailing the performance of the Japanese forerunners. The low Yen did support the Japanese either at this time.
However the Japanese started with copying European bikes, as Yamaha did with an NSU, or was it DKW, for an example.
It was Suzuki and the East German MZ...defecting Kurt Degner (spelling?) brought the latest 2-stroke technology with him and Suzuki hired him...

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