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1978, model-year 1979 and Honda eliminates their single overhead cam four-cylinder (SOHC/4) CB550 and CB750 streetbikes from their offerings. Since 1969 Honda's SOHC/4 design had captured the hearts and minds of critics and consumers alike. Beginning with the Harley-killing CB750, Honda's reign on this engine technology would last until 1982, the year the Nighthawk is introduced as the CB650SC. The 1979 CB550 and CB750 grow up and get themselves, among other things, a second camshaft.

The SOHC/4 replacement is the CB650, which, to some, seems little more than a cubic-centimeter compromise. To others, it's a last gasp at an engine technology that, approaching the early 80's, is quickly bound for antiquity in the high-horsepower attitude of the late-70's-early-80's streetbike market. For many owners, these bikes are examples of the perfect middleweight pocket-rocket. In any event, the SOHC/4 CB650's are truly the culmination of Honda's decade of experience with their ground-breaking SOHC/4 design.

Bike Image Description
1978-79 Honda CB650 1978-79 Honda CB650
  • Air cooled. four stroke, transverse four cylinder, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
  • 41mpg
  • 212kg
  • 5 speed
  • 63bhp @ 9000rpm
1979 Honda CB650 Honda CB650
1980 Honda CB650 Custom 1980 Honda CB650 Custom
1980 Honda CB 650 Custom 1980 Honda CB 650 Custom
1980 Honda CB650C 1980 Honda CB650C
1980 Honda CB650Z 1980 Honda CB650Z
1980-82 Honda CB 650 1980-82 Honda CB 650  
1981 Honda CB650Z Honda CB650Z 626cc.
1981 Honda CB 650Z 1981 Honda CB650Z  
1982 Honda CB 650SC Nighthawk 1982 Honda CB 650SC Nighthawk  
1983-85 Honda CB 650SC Nighthawk 1983-85 Honda CB 650SC Nighthawk
  • Pearl Siren Blue or Candy Wineberry Red
  • The headlight and instruments were rectangular
  • The exhaust system was a 4-into-2
  • The forks had the "TRAC" anti-dive system
  • The engine used hydraulic valve adjusters and clutch.

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