’74 Dunstall Honda
My first introduction to Dunstall products was a set of mufflers my step dads best friend put on his Norton Commando, They were beautiful. These mufflers sounded even better than they looked. The honeycomb looking baffles, the shape of the mufflers themselves…works of art. I was so taken by these mufflers that I started looking for a set to fit my BSA, sadly, the Dunstall pipes were not in a teenagers budget…well, neither was a nice date with a pretty girl very often…but like they say, that is another story for another time.
I found this really nice Honda 750 on ebay today with the full Dunstall package so I had to do some research, how could I not?!
Paul Dunstall has a very interesting history. I’ll make my part short here, but at the bottom is a link to a very detailed history of Paul Dunstall and Dunstall Racing. Paul started off working in his family’s scooter dealer in England, scooters were OK, but Paul wanted more (is there anyone who rides a scooter that doesn’t??), so he picked himself up a Norton Dominator motorcycle and started modifying it for racing.
In 1957 Paul Dunstall began his racing career aboard that twin cylinder Norton. At the time, the Norton Manx, a 500cc single cylinder motorcycle, was the racer of choice…lighter, faster and more nimble handling than the Dominator, however, he was quite successful with his Dominator and for the next season, other riders wanted his exhaust system…Dunstall Racing was born.
In 1959 Paul ended his racing career and started building for others, the first commercial product was his exhaust system. By 1961 Paul had a full catalog of products for the racer and ‘cafe’ racer market. Domiracer was the catalog company.
In 1966 Paul Dunstall’s company was building complete motorcycles to race and here is where controversy entered Dunstall racing. Are you a manufacturer or a ‘pure sport’ builder? This is big stuff in the world of racing and marketing. The courts decided Dunstall was a manufacturer and Dunstall machines could continue as ‘stock’ machines.
Though Dunstall was closely linked to the Norton Commando, they started branching out to other manufacturers…Honda and Kawasaki in particular. Kawasaki’s H1 500 got the Dunstall treatment but the real thrust came to the CB750. Dunstall designed motors, chassis refinements, and of course the bodywork. Like I said before, there is a lot more Dunstall history available here http://www.woodgate.org/dunstall/history.html
So, back to what I found on ebay. A 1974 Honda CB750 with classic Dunstall upgrades and a couple of other good features. Let’s start with a Yoshimura big bore kit, Lester Mag wheels (which I put on my Kawasaki 750, along with some other Dunstall parts), a custom upper triple clamp and clip-ons (very nice) and all the proper Dunstall bodywork. This is a really sweet ride and worth the money. This Dunstall Honda is a rider not a hider. My friend Peter Jones, author and journalist extraordinaire, built a beauty of a Dunstall Honda years ago using a ’75 SOHC 750 as a base. These are fantastic motorcycles from the ’70’s that frankly, would put many modern motorcycles to shame. Click on the pis below for more info and more pictures of a great motorcycle. The sound of a SOHC Honda 750 singing through Dunstall pipes…pure music.