How It All Began
Mark from SUPERBIKE RENTAL was recently at the Milan Motorcycle Exhibition – here on the Honda Stand he found this really cool 1974 Honda CB500 four.
This was the bike that started the love affair with motorbikes for Mark!!
It all began 38 years ago when Marks older sister’s boyfriend rocked up on this golden beauty! … It was love at first sight (for Mark).
It was the latest Honda out there which was a must have for every petrol head!
The Honda CB500 four, introduced early in the 1970s, was similarly styled to the CB750, but smaller and lighter, with an output of 48 bhp and a manufacturer’s specified top speed of 102 mph. Like the earlier CB750 it sported a single front hydraulic disc brake, rear drum brake, electric starter, and sohc 8-valve engine. The 4-into-4 exhaust pipes echoed those of the CB750. It was deemed a better handling bike than the larger model, although it was still no featherweight at 201 kg. Unlike the earlier dry sump Honda CB750, the smaller bike has a wet sump engine. Also, the primary drives were different, the CB750 having a duplex chain, while the CB500 had a “Hy-Vo” Morse chain. The CB500 formed the design basis for the Benelli Sei, a 750cc six-cylinder motorcycle. Several CB500 machines were entered in the Production TT races on the Isle of Man in the early 1970s. Bill Smith won the 1973 500cc TT Production race (4 laps) riding one, 8.2 seconds ahead of second place Stan Woods mounted on a Suzuki T500 two-stroke twin.
Since all that time ago back in 1974, Marks enthusiasm for ALL motorcycles has just got bigger and bigger – which has led to him becoming the Managing Director at SUPERBIKE RENTAL, where he can share his passion with all his clients!