1965 HONDA SUPERHAWK
Honda would complete the trifecta of brands McQueen most famously raced.
Triumph then Husky then Honda.
The CB77 was an incredibly important bike in the evolution of the Honda brand:
The Honda CB77, or Super Hawk, is a 305 cc (18.6 cu in) straight-twin motorcycle produced from 1961 until 1967. It is remembered today as Honda's first sport bike. It is a landmark model in Honda's advances in Western motorcycle markets of the 1960s, noted for its speed and power as well as its reliability, and is regarded as one of the bikes that set the standard for modern motorcycles.
The CB77 was built on the experience Honda had gained in Grand Prix racing, and differed greatly from previous models. It had a steel-tube frame instead of the pressed frames of earlier Hondas, and a telescopic front fork. The parallel twin engine, the biggest then available in a Honda, was an integral element of the bike's structure, providing stiffness in a frame that had no downtube, and was capable of 9,000 rpm. It could propel the bike at over 100 mph; as fast as British parallel twins with higher displacements, and with great reliability. Cycle World tested its average two-way top speed at 168.3 km/h (104.6 mph), and its 1⁄4 mi (0.40 km) time at 16.8 seconds reaching 83 mph (134 km/h).
Author Aaron Frank called it, "the first modern Japanese motorcycle... that established the motorcycle that we still operate under now, more than forty years later.": 59
To help with its’ marketing, Steve McQueen was given this bike brand new as a promotional tool by the American Honda Motor Co.
Steve picked it up on the February 7th 1966 by the American Honda Motor Co in Gardena, California.
The address on the invoice is
27 Oakmont Drive
Los Angeles, CA
This is a well-known address of McQueen’s … It was nicknamed “The Castle” (See photos in photo reel)
One of the cool things about the bike was that he got at a time when he was still buying things in his personal name. He started buying and registering his vehicles in his production company name (“Solar Productions”) in 1969.
We believe that this bike was his first ever Honda and this promotional gift started a long relationship with Honda.
This culminated in 1973 with Steve being paid $1,000,000 to star in a Honda CR250 commercial
In 1973 he starred in a commercial for the Honda CR250, and as part payment Honda sent him a brand new CB450 – doubtless hoping he would be seen riding it around in California, which would do no harm to the model’s sales.
Honda paid McQueen $1 million for his appearance in the CR250 commercial, and it was money well spent. The Japanese marque was still a relatively new name in the world of off road motorcycles, a market that had been dominated by the likes of Triumph before being usurped by lighter two-strokes from marques like Husqvarna.
Here it is
The bike is in original/unrestored condition and is sold on a clean California title.