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.
This motorcycle is 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 Desmocedeiccis 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. This motorcycle is a very poignant piece of motorcycling history indeed.
This 1979 model has MoT’s going back to 1989 indicating that the 23,000 miles is genuine. It has all those tiny details that not only indicate it is one of the original 150, but are impossible to replace. The chassis number falls into the range of the original 150 that Honda Britain built and the bike comes supplied with a authentication report by Honda guru Nigel Hammersley.