Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Honda CB77
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During the height of its production in the 1960s, the CB77 Superhawk was the largest Honda motorcycle on the market, giving it unprecedented speed, comfort, and power in a heavyweight (by Honda standards) steel frame.

A Pivotal Time in History for Honda

The CB-series of motorcycles is one of Honda’s longest-running series and the widest collection of models and designs under its belt. First produced in 1961, the Superhawk quickly captivated its fair share of the market, giving Honda more than just a foot in the door of large-bore engines.

Only seven years after beginning production of Superhawk motorcycles, Honda would go on to sell its one-millionth motorcycle in the US, a Superhawk, marking the historic rise of the company. Unfortunately, that same year would mark the discontinuation of the Superhawk line.

Honda’s Largest Design

Coming in at 305cc, the CB77 Superhawk’s engine strikes us today as mostly modest or moderate at best. In 1961, however, that size engine was the largest and most powerful engine Honda had ever incorporated into its motorcycle designs.

The engine’s specifications weren’t to be trifled with either. The design comprised a four-stroke, twin-cylinder, SOHC engine capable of speeds up to 104.6 miles per hour, only just under six miles per hour slower than the conservative estimates of the fastest production motorcycle in 1962.

A Singular Moment in History

The Honda CB-series has undergone countless changes and variations including more than 400 individual iterations of motorcycles and around 100 models, but the Superhawk only saw one generation for itself, occupying a singular moment in a pivotal point in history.

Honda CB77 Superhawk (1961-1968)

The design of the Superhawk by the standards of the day was purely magnificent, something fantastic to behold. Air-cooled like the rest of the motorcycles prior to the 1970s and 1980s, the Superhawk set itself apart from the others with 60 by 54 bore and stroke.

The engine’s performance potential also outshined the competition with 28 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 17 foot-pounds of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Tributes and Treatises

The majority of news today isn’t really “news” in the conventional sense of the term, but is more like new blog posts and features. In one particular feature, published in 2011, the writers delve deep into the history of the CB77 to describe its impact on the world of motorcycling.

The King Himself

The CB77 has appeared in more than 20 films and TV shows in total. “So what?” critics might ask. “Plenty of motorcycles have appeared in film.” To those critics, we say, “Have they been ridden and owned by Elvis Presley himself? Because the CB77 SuperHawk has been!”

Social Groups

A great group for fans of the CB77 is Honda CB77 Superhawk page on Facebook, which has more than 2,000 likes.

Honda CB77 – Honda’s Greatest Legacy

Few, if any motorcycles, have had as great an impact on Honda’s history and the development of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters as the CB77 Superhawk. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see more of this great motorcycle’s legacy shine through in the engines of other Hondas for years to come.

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