|In 1949 Honda produced its first
real motorcycle, powered by a
98cc a two-stroke motor. When
an employee sees the first one
assembled and it is ridden
outside the factory, he says, “It’s
like a dream.” The name “Dream”
was adopted for the bike,
officially known as Model D.
|Honda Motor Company
By 1959, the company had established
itself in Los Angeles, California, under
the name "American Honda Motor
Company" and began importing
motorcycles to the U.S.
The first American Honda dealership was
located in Torrance, CA
1949 Honda Dream
Engine air-cooled 98cc (50 x 50 mm) single cylinder two
Power Output3.5 hp @ 4500rpm
Fuel System: carburetor
Transmission2-speed; chain drive
Suspension telescopic (front); rigid (rear)
Brakes drum (front/rear)
Wheels 3.00 x20 in
Maximum Speed 31 mph
1964 Honda Dream
1964 CL 72 Scrambler
|By 1964 Honda's were so popular,
even the Beach Boys were singing
This is Dave's 1969 Honda CD-175 "Sloper." This model is actually an Australian version of the American Honda CB-175. The "Sloper" nickname
refers to the forward sloped head design. In 1969 the engine design was changed to the vertical head for all models being imported into the US, while
models sent to the UK and Australia continued the Sloper design into the 70's.
This CD-175 features both a standard kick starter and an electric starter. In 1969 this motorcycle was advertised as having a top speed of 78 mph
and a redline of 11,000 RPM!! In 1969 tachs were not available on this bike, but I can confirm that this thing will rev, and boy does it sound WICKED!!
Dave & I recently found this
1969 Honda SL90 at the Long
Beach Motorcycle swap meet. I
actually tried talking him out of
it because we're looking for a
305 Scrambler. Besides, I
thought the 90cc was too small.
As it turns out its actually kind
1969 is the only year Honda
made the SL90.
Anybody who knows me will tell you I tend to lean
towards the unique and abnormal when it comes to my
At left is my 1957 Allstate 250 SGS "Twingle." These
were made in Austria by Puch and sold by Sears &
The Twingle moniker comes from the unique twin
pistons/cylinder in a single head design.
My latest unique and abnormal find is this 1957 Simplex
Automatic. The Simplex Motorcycle Co. was located in
New Orleans La. and first began building motorcycles in
1935. The first models were direct drive off of the 125cc
engine and had to be shut off when standing still (no
neutral). In 1941 a pedal activated, belt driven clutch
system was incorporated which made the cycles easier to
ride. In 1953 Simplex added a centrifugal clutch and
secondary belt drive/pulley set up. Top speed is about 40
Finally! After searching for a couple of years we found a 305 Honda
Scrambler. The model seen here is actually a 1968 CL300 and not the
more common CL77. From the research I've done, the CL300's were
Japanese domestic motorcycles, meaning they were built for the
Japanese market only and not intended to be exported. Some of
these bikes found their way to the U.S. when servicemen stationed
overseas would buy them and ship them home.
The seller (not the original owner) claimed the Scrambler had never
been restored. While this is a rather hefty claim, I have yet to find
any sure signs that the bike has been apart other than some
standard engine maintanence.
Honda produced the CL72 (250 cc), CL77 & CL 300 (305cc) from 1965- 1968.
Honda also offered scramblers in 350cc, 360cc & 450cc.
Dave & I found this 1967 Triumph
Daytona Tiger T100T at the same
location as the Scrambler above.
The same seller had about 20 vintage
motorcycles for sale. This Daytona was
too cool to pass up. It even came with
the original seat. It has been repainted
in the original style. This bike is a blast
to ride! As long as you remember the
shifter is on the right!