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The Honda Superhawk

Steve on the Honda SuperHawk
In the early 1960's Honda's racing motorbikes became the world dominant force in all racing classes in which they competed. The fastest of these bikes was the Honda Superhawk CB77.

This 305 cc machine was capable of exceeding 100 miles per hour under normal conditions.

The picture on the right was taken by photographer William Claxton during the filming of Love With The Proper Stranger in 1963, and shows Steve sitting on a Superhawk CB77. The picture was used as an official production still in the marketing of the film (even though the bike doesn't actually appear in the film). Another almost identical picture, taken in the same shoot, was used on the cover of Honda's Red Rider magazine.

If you want to learn more about the Superhawk, you will find a wealth of history and literature, technical notes and everything in between at Michael Stoic's excellent website.