A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1957 Honda Benly
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power rating: 8 bhp @ 7,200 rpm
Bore x stroke: 57 x 49mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: Three speed
Suspension: Front leading link forks, rear plungers
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 282 lbs
Top speed: 55 mph
By 1957 Honda motorcycles continued to be developed, but still retained many of the features of the German machines, such as the pressed steel frame and leading link front suspension. In two short years they entered the lucrative U.S. market and also won the team prize in the Isle of Man T.T. races with 125cc machines.