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The 2019 Shan­non’s In­sur­ance Broad­ford Bo­nanza will show­case 50 years of the Honda CB750, which went on sale in Aus­tralia in 1969.

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to have a very large con­tin­gent of mod­els from the orig­i­nal SOHC CB750 up to the K6 as well as the sub­se­quent F se­ries mod­els up to 1978. As well, there will be many dif­fer­ent ex­am­ples of the fours in rac­ing trim, in­clud­ing sev­eral CR750s based on the fa­mous Day­tona win­ner of 1969, plus home-brewed su­per­bikes. An ad­di­tional high­light will be for side­cars of all types, from road-go­ing peo­ple movers to com­pe­ti­tion jobs built for speed­way, dirt track, road rac­ing and mo­tocross. SIBBB com­mit­tee head Michael Pet­tifer says there is big in­ter­est al­ready in the con­cepts. “Aus­tralia was a huge mar­ket for the Honda fours, and many of these are still in reg­u­lar use on His­toric plates. These bikes are vir­tu­ally bul­let­proof and clock up big mileage with lit­tle main­te­nance, so they are re­ally pop­u­lar for club ral­lies and so on. As well, we are ex­pect­ing quite a few CB750s in rac­ing trim. Af­ter all, the very first bike to come into the coun­try was given to Lind­say Urquhart to build into an out­fit which went on to win a stack of races and trans­formed the class for­ever. One of our com­mit­tee mem­bers, Rick Wa­son, is chas­ing up dirt track side­cars of all sorts, so there will be some re­ally in­ter­est­ing cre­ations there too.” The 2019 event will see the in­tro­duc­tion of a pre-1993 cut-off for mo­tor­cy­cles, as op­posed to the rolling 25 year-old for­mat that had pre­vi­ously been in place. The 2019 Bo­nanza will be held at the State Mo­tor­cy­cling Com­plex, Broad­ford Vic­to­ria, from Fri­day 19 (Good Fri­day) to Sun­day 21st April. See www.ma.org.au for more de­tails.

Cel­e­brate a half cen­tury of the CB750 at Broad­ford next Easter.

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