14 Jun 2019 ID: 183751

Highlights of Honda’s in-line 4 history

Highlights of Honda’s in-line 4 history

2019 CB650R, 1969 CB750, 2019 CB1000R

The models below chart Honda’s long history of in-line four ‘CB’ machines, dating back to the introduction of the seminal CB750, up to the release in 2019 of the Neo Sports Café-style CB650R.


1968 Honda CB750


World's first 'Superbike'. First mass-produced four-cylinder production motorcycle. First mass production bike with electric start and disc brake. First shown at Tokyo show in 1968 – on sale in 1969.




1968 Honda CB750


1971 Honda CB500F


Honda's first 500cc In-line four-cylinder bike. Smaller and lighter, but showcasing a similar style to the 1969 CB750.


1971 Honda CB500 Four


1972 Honda CB350F


The first 350cc in-line four. Reputed to be Mr Honda's favourite bike.




1975 Honda CB400F


First appearance of a six-speed gearbox.


1975 Honda CB400F


1976 Honda CB750A


Hondamatic version. First Honda 'automatic' motorcycle.


1976 Honda CB750A


1979 Honda CB900F


First DOHC four-valve engine in a CB.



1981 Honda CB1100R


Raced successfully by Ron Haslam and Wayne Gardner.


1981 Honda CB1100R


1992 CB1000R


‘The Big One’ - 18 inch wheels and 72kW - first water-cooled CB in-line four.


1992 Honda CB1000


1992 CB750


1990's version of the classic CB750 of the 1970s.


1992 Honda CB750


1996 Hornet


The first Hornet. A Japan-only bike powered by a repurposed CBR250 engine.


1996 Honda Hornet


1998 CB1300


Introduction of the biggest CB engine, originally used in the Honda X-4.


1998 Honda CB1300


1998 CB600F Hornet


A key part of Honda’s middleweight line-up for over 15 years


2001 CB900F


Powered by a repurposed fuel injected 1996 918 FireBlade engine.

2001 Honda CB900 Hornet


2005 CB1300S


Introduction of fuel injection and ABS.


2005 Honda CB1300S


2007 CB750 Special Edition


Japanese only Special Edition.


2007 Honda CB750 Special Edition


2017 CB1100EX


One of two versions of the CB1100 available, together with the CB1100RS.


2018 CB1000R


Flagship of the new 'Neo Sports Café' range, unveiled at EICMA 2017 with the CB300R and CB125R.


2018 Honda CB1000R


2019 CB650R


Fourth member of the Neo Sports Café family continues Honda’s tradition of in-line four middleweights.


2019 Honda CB650R



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