Celebrating 50 Years of the Honda In-Line Four
Honda Motor Europe returned to the Wheels & Waves festival 2019, its 8th edition, Celebrating 50 Years of the Honda In-Line Four, since the seminal CB750 first went on sale in 1969.
Now an International event with overseas editions in Japan and the United States, Wheels & Waves (W&W) is a custom bike show with a difference. Not just about bikes, W&W also celebrates surfing, skateboarding and amazing music all set to the stunning backdrop of Biarritz on France’s Basque coast.
50 years after the original superbike went on sale, Honda will celebrate its inline four CB heritage at W&W with a range of the best European customisations of its Neo Sport Café flagship, the CB1000R.
The Honda Neo Sports Café Range, which now includes the CB1000R, CB650R, CB300R and CB125R, are not simply retro vintage motorcycles, but rather neo-classics – modern motorcycles showcasing classic design styles combined with modern techniques.
The twelve unique heart-stopping custom creations from Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy that explore the myriad custom possibilities for the CB1000R, will be joined on the Honda stand by an original 1969 Honda CB750, documenting 50 years of continued development and heritage of Honda’s inline fours.
In 1969, the Honda CB750 was a revelation. Pushing the boundaries at every level, not only was it the first mass produced inline-four 750cc motorcycle, but it was also the first motorcycle produced with an electric start and a disc brake as standard. Originally developed for the American market, with an ultra-competitive price point of only $1495, the CB750 set the tone for the next 50 years of motorcycling and is rightly heralded as the first ‘Superbike’.
Check out some of our favourite custom CB’s from the event.
Check out the awesome Honda CB1000R here: Honda CB1000R