By the Numbers: Classic Superbikes

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By Aaron Frank, Photography by Honda
1968 Year Honda released its 1969 CB750. With a Grand Prix-inspired, 750cc four-cylinder engine, five speeds, disc front brake and 125-mph top speed, this is regarded by most as the first production superbike.
$1495 Original CB750 MSRP. More than 400,000 were sold over its 10-year lifespan.
4 Number of weeks the jointly developed BSA Rocket 3/Triumph Trident triples held the title "World's Most Sophisticated Roadbikes" before being overshadowed by the CB750.
5 Number of successive years (1968-'72) the Norton Commando won "Machine of the Year" honors from the British publication Motor Cycle News. Did Honda not release the CB750 in the UK?
903cc Displacement of the 1973 Kawasaki Z1, a machine specifically designed to unseat Honda's CB750 from atop the Japanese superbike heap.
2 Number of AMA Superbike titles Reg Pridmore won on Kawasaki KZ1000s, in 1977 and '78.
14.6mm Amount the Suzuki GS750 was stroked to create the 997cc GS1000-the biggest, most powerful and fastest superbike on the planet in 1977.
34 Number Wes Cooley wore on his Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000s while winning the 1979 and '80 AMA Superbike titles. That number was later popularized by Kevin Schwantz and retired by the FIM.
6 Number of Keihin CV carburetors attached to the 1978 Honda CBX1000, powered by a 1047cc, twin-cam, 24-valve inline-six capable of running the quarter-mile in 11.36 seconds.
750 Total production of the 1982-'83 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica, built to commemorate Steady Eddie winning the 1981 AMA Superbike Championship.
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