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Let’s begin our look at 1970s Japanese motorcycles at the 1970 Daytona 200, with Dick Mann riding one of four Honda CB750s in the race.

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Mann’s number-2-plated CB750 is the fastest qualifier, with an average speed over 152mph. When the race begins, Mann gets a perfect start, hooking up with the track and leaving the rest of the racers far behind.


Halfway into the race, the rubber cam-chain tensioner on Mann's bike disintegrates. With his bike losing speed, Mann continues racing, and miraculously manages to limp across the finish line in first place, just a few seconds ahead of the others.


For a company known for reliability, it’s ironic that a small rubber part failure almost dooms Honda’s chances at the 1970 Daytona 200. But Dick Mann’s perseverance overcomes any mechanical issues.