1979 Honda CB750 F2 "Honda Britain" in Phil Read replica colours by Colin Seeley

1979 Honda CB750 F2 "Honda Britain" in Phil Read replica colours by Colin Seeley

SKU: cb750_f2

£9,500.00 GBP

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1979 Honda CB750 F2 Honda Britain

Here for sale is a lovely Honda Britain in Phil Read Replica colours as built by Colin Seeley and in very good condition. This bike was part of a private collection, last used approximately 7 years ago. She has just 23,000 miles on the clock and wears all the right bits as any Colin Seeley aficionado will appreciate. 
Buy this to use or as an investment as these will only go up in value . 
Originally Honda commissioned Colin Seeley to build 150 of these based on the Honda Britain CB750 F2 to commemorate Phil Reads 1977 victory. 
For more details please give us a call on 01432 278103 or 07768 847994

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In November 1976 Honda introduced the CB750F2. It had larger valves than previous models, peaky camshafts and developed a healthy 73bhp. So, when Phil Read rode an 820cc Honda CB750F2 to victory at the 1977 TT Formula one, Honda Britain saw an opportunity.

They also saw what the future may hold. They had been begging the factory to build race replica motorcycles direct from the factory, but the Japanese company was too conservative. So to celebrate the racing victory and to make the road going Phil Read Replica more like a race bike, Honda Britain commissioned Colin Seeley to build the bikes.

150 machines were built by Colin Seeley, it was the first ever fully faired race replica available straight from the showroom from any Japanese motorcycle importer in the world. Of these 150 machines, only 35 are thought survive today. It cost a whopping £360 more than the standard machine at £1895 (a considerable sum at the time ).

It came with a five-gallon alloy works replica hand made petrol tank with a custom made filler cap. Rear sets, ace bars, single race saddle, full fairing, twin Cibie headlights, a hand made works exhaust with a fantastic note and little one-off parts to complete the package.

These motorcycles are the original pre-cursor to the GSXR, GPZ and FZR ranges. There would  probably never have been homologation specials such as 888/916SP, RC30/45, OWO, ZXRR or Desmosedici without the birth of the Phil Read Replica. This was the test pilot for the homologation special. Honda Britain proved the public would pay the extra for such machines. They also proved that there was a market for race replicas.

According to an article in ‘Bike’ magazine August 1978, 220 separate parts went into the conversions in Seeley’s workshop in Kent, ranging from the twin headlight full fairing, 5 gallon alloy petrol tank,rear sets and works style exhaust. The exhausts rotted from the inside and were soon replaced by systems available like Piper, Marshall, Dunstall, etc.The rear brake pedals were of poor quality and easily broke so were often replaced.  

When Colin Seeley continued the project with his Honda Britain models, he fitted his own design exhaust tail pipe and a slightly different alloy tank. It was common though to repaint the Honda Britains into the colours of the arguably more desirable Replica.

Make Model

    Honda CB 750F2




    Four stroke, transverse four cylinder,   SOHC, 2      valves per cylinder.


    736 cc / 44.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke     61 х 63 mm
Cooling System     Air cooled
Compression Ratio     9.0:1


    4x 28mm keihin carburetors


Starting     Electric

Max Power

    73 hp / 53.3 kW @ 9500 rpm

Max Torque

6,4 m-kg /  46.2 lb-ft @      7500 rpm


    5 Speed 
Final Drive     Chain

Front Suspension

    Telehydraulic forks

Rear Suspension

    Swingarm with 5-way spring preload      adjustment.

Front Brakes

    2x 276mm discs

Rear Brakes

    Single 296mm disc

Front Tyre

    3.25 H19

Rear Tyre

    4.00 H18
Seat Height     830 mm / 32.6 in

Dry Weight

    233 kg  / 513 lbs
Wet Weight     253 kg / 557.8 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

    18 Litres / 4.7 US gal

Consumption Average

    45.3 mpg

Standing      ¼ Mile  

    13.5 sec / 101.6 mph

Top Speed

    124.6 mph


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