Musings & Commentary 15
I feel the need to post this picture I took a couple days ago. The R60/5 looks great in every setting, but this pic in particular I like.
I was reading through the classifieds for motorcycyles today, as I frequently do. I came upon someone selling a 1977 Honda CB750A(utomatic). In the listing they claimed it was the only automatic motorcycle ever built. I couldn’t resist giving them some additional information.
Just a little information. The CB750A was in fact the first automatic motorcycle built for the street. However it is not the only automatic motorcycle ever built. The first automatic production bike (I believe) was the Rokon 338 which was an off road bike debuted in 1973 and manufactured in America. It used a centrifugal clutch and a single gear. The CB750A was released in 1975. Honda also created Hondamatic motorcycles in 1979 (CM400) and in 1982 (CM450). The 400 was produced for 3 years, and the 450 was produced for 2 years. Other automatic motorcycles have existed with less popularity. Husqvarna produced an automatic motorcycle somewhere around 1984-85.
I’m sure there are many other bikes with automatic transmissions probably dating back as far as the early 20th century.
Some may argue that a centrifugal clutch driven bike is not a true automatic transmission, and to that I would say: The sliding gears inside the automatic Honda street bikes are not true automatic transmissions either. Who cares! If you don’t have to shift or use the clutch, it’s automatic!
I worked at the BeemerBalancers.com vendor booth up at the BMW Motorcycle Rally in Essex Junction VT. The rally brought in about 12,000 BMW riders and enthusiasts and a whole lot of business and product awareness to BeemerBalancers.com. The show was a lot of fun and a big success.
This coming weekend is the Vintage Motorcycle Days rally at the Mid-Ohio race track. I am planning on going to this as well, but not as part of a vendor. I look forward to the swap meet, which is supposedly the biggest motorcycle swap meet in the world.
BeemerBalancers.com is selling a cool little keychain. Its styled after a BMW but should fill the need for any motorcyclist. It doubles as a bottle opener. It will be on their site tomorrow for $10.95 with free shipping. There will of course be a better picture of it there. You can probably get them though me too if you’d like, but BeemerBalancers.com will be easier for everyone.