Colin Camp­bell’s CP77 Honda

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At Somersby on the NSW Cen­tral Coast, Colin Camp­bell and his son Jake op­er­ate Camp­bell Clas­sic Cy­cles, which deals in all sorts of vin­tage Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cles, but tends to spe­cialise in the CB72 and CB77 twins from the early ‘six­ties. Oc­ca­sion­ally some­thing re­ally un­usual pops up, such as this 305cc CP 77 Po­lice model. The fact that this is a gen­uine Po­lice model fac­to­rypro­duced by Honda is ev­i­denced by the en­gine num­ber: CP77 in­stead of the stan­dard CB77, although the of­fi­cial model des­ig­na­tion is CPY77. Gen­er­ally, th­ese ma­chines were used through­out Asia and few found their way to the west­ern world. Colin knows lit­tle of the ma­chine’s his­tory, how­ever he un­der­stands it was used in Europe at some stage be­fore find­ing its way to USA, where it was re­stored. It then found its way to Australia and into the Camp­bell em­po­rium, and has been shown in public on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. We caught up with this very un­usual ma­chine at the 2015 Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed, where it was on dis­play in the pit area, along­side Colin’s Jerry Koois­tra-built 500cc CB72 raced on the week­end by Phil Paton. It’s hard to see this cobby lit­tle twin mon­ster­ing too many speed of­fend­ers, but no doubt it played its role in law en­force­ment at some stage. The CP77 uses the Type 2 en­gine, with 360º crankshaft. This lay­out was re­puted to pro­duce a wider spread of power than the ear­lier Type 1 (180º) en­gine, so it would have been bet­ter suited to city work.

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