Classic Honda Motorcycles

Starting Our Project 1970 Honda CB350

It's time for the big reveal: Our Honda CB350 is finally done!

Robert Drews' 1977 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

A reader shares his Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, which was meticulously cared for by his dad.

Mid-Size Touring and the Little Wing: 1981-1982 Honda GL500 Silver Wing Interstate

Comparing the Honda GL500 Silver Wing and its main competitors, the Moto Guzzi V65C and BMW R60/7.

The Thumper: 1982 Honda FT500 Ascot

Long after thumpers ruled the racetracks, Honda built a modern electric-start street single, the FT500 Ascot.

1966 Honda CB450K0 Red Dragon

Researching and restoring a Honda CB450K0, a little-known version of the CB450.

1982-1983 Honda V45 Magna

The Honda V45 Magna was the motorcycle everybody else was afraid Honda might build someday.

Mike Common's Custom Honda CBX

Mike Common takes a 1982 Honda CBX and makes it his own, to satisfy his doctor's orders, of course.

Happy Medium: The 1969 Honda CB175K3

Restoring and riding a 1969 CB175K3, the successor to the well-known Honda CB160.

Honda SL100 and SL175 Forgotten

Reader Marty Weber addresses the absence of the Honda SL100 and SL175 from our Honda XL250 article.

Stuck in the Middle: The 1977 Honda CB550K

Carefully restored by the crew at Retrospeed in Belgium, Wisconsin, this might be the nicest Honda CB550K you’ve ever seen.

Racing a Honda CB350

The recent article on our project Honda CB350 brought back fond memories of a friend's bike for one of our readers.

Restored to Ride: The 1968 Honda CL450

After determining that his 1967 Triumph Bonneville was too pristine to ride, Mark Dickey started his search for a 1968 Honda CL450 to restore.

Just Right: 1972-1977 Honda XL250

The Honda XL250 defined dual-sport bikes with its groundbreaking design and became one of the most popular offroad motorcycles ever.

Rebuilding a Honda Dream CA77

Chris Standridge gives his father’s old Honda Dream CA77 a total restoration.

Rapid Transit: The 1986 Honda VFR750F Interceptor

A lot was riding on the Honda VFR750F, and its manufacturer was determined to get it right.

Honda’s 2-Stroke: The 1975 MT250 Elsinore

With Honda’s tradition of producing 4-strokes, many were caught off guard by the lightweight MT250 Elsinore.

Jon Neuburger’s 1965 Honda S65

A reader breaks down two 1965 Honda S65s he found on Craigslist and ends up with a nicely restored ride.

Honda’s Throwback: 1978 Honda CX500

In the late 1970s, Honda decided to return to its roots and produce a reliable motorcycle aimed at the get-to-work crowd. Enter the 1978 Honda CX500.

Honda Makes 300-Millionth Motorcycle

As reported by Dealer News, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has produced its 300-millionth motorcycle, a Gold Wing made at the company’s Kumamoto Factory in Japan.

Honda 450 K7 Losing Idle

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps fix a 1973 Honda 450 K7 that won’t idle down.

Magnetic Drain Plug by Joker Machine

New stuff for old bikes: Magnetic drain plug for Honda Twins from Joker Machine.

Honda CB750K Oil Pressure

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers an oil pressure question about a 1970 Honda CB750K.

Psychedelic Honda: 1972 Honda CL350 Flying Dragon

A 1972 CL350 Honda Flying Dragon sports a tank and side covers painted in an unusual tie-dye scheme.

1957 Honda Benly

A 1957 Honda Benly on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

History for sale: Walter “Smokey” Alston’s 1977 Honda CB550 Up For Auction

Former Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter "Smokey" Alston's 1977 Honda CB550 up for auction July 5, 2014.

Forgotten Middleweight: 1988-1991 Honda NT650 Hawk GT

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1988-1991 Honda NT650 Hawk GT.

Something Special: 1966 Honda S65

Small-bore singles like this 1966 Honda S65 were the first motorcycles for a generation of new riders.

Race to Rebuild: 1973 Honda CB500 (Video)

With help from BikeBandit.com, Motorcycle Classics took a tired, old 1973 Honda CB500 Four and turned it into a café racer for the street.

Little Motorcycle: 1966 Honda Dream

Greg Williams’ “Dream Machine” article hit a chord with Honda Dream owner Pete Dopson.

Honda CB1100F: Race to Rebuild Winner Announced

Our Race to Rebuild Honda CB1100F gets a new owner.

1969 Honda CB750 sells for $148,100.00

Somebody just paid $148,100 for a 1969 Honda CB750.

1953 Honda Cub Motor

A 1953 Honda Cub motor on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Norb Duba’s Honda CB1000

Reader Norb Duba wonders if his Honda CB1000 could be a future collectible classic.

Honda Dream CA77

All dressed up in angular sheet metal, the 305cc Honda Dream is instantly recognizable as a machine of the 1960s.

Race to Rebuild: Honda CB1100F Resto-Mod

The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle resto-mod Honda CB1100F is finished and ready to ride.

Race to Rebuild: Honda CB1100F, Part 2

The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle resto-mod Honda CB1100F continues with suspension upgrades.

Honda CX500 Turbo

The Honda CX500 Turbo was Honda’s ultimate weapon in the ‘80s war for the motorcycle market.

Honda CA95 Benly Touring

Tomorrow’s Classics: 1960-66 Honda CA95 Benly Touring.

Race to Rebuild: Honda CB1100F

The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Race to Rebuild 1983 Honda CB1100F resto-mod begins with help from the guys at Dime City Cycles.

1971 Honda CL100 Fan

Yesterday IS back, as new rider and his recently restored 1971 Honda CL100 can attest to.

1969 Honda CL350: Dual-Purpose Riding, Sixties Style

Honda might not have been the first motorcycle maker to market a high-pipe, 2-cylinder scrambler with the Honda CL350, but it was probably the most successful.

1974 Honda CB500

A 1974 Honda CB500 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Honda GL1100 Water Pump Replacement

Replace the water pump in a Honda GL1100.

Bruce Cummings’s 1973 Honda CB450

Subscriber Bruce Cummings shares his story of restoring his 1973 Honda CB450.

Race to Rebuild: 1983 Honda CB1100F

Announcing our latest Dairyland Cycle Insurance  Race to Rebuild bike, a 1983 Honda CB1100F built by Dime City Cycles.

3rd Annual Martin Motorsports Modern Classics Show

Highlights from the third annual Modern Classics show at Martin Motorsports in Boyertown, Pa.

Yesterday Is Back: 2013 Honda CB1100

Yesterday is back as the old school, air-cooled Honda CB1100 finally arrives on U.S. shores.

Install Switched Relay Dual Horns

Motorcycle Classics’ editors explain how to install switched relay dual horns on a Honda GL1100.

1980-1982 Honda CB900C — The Factory Custom

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1980-1982 Honda CB900C. 

Honda CB450K7 Gets a New Lease on Life

Former Honda mechanic Chris Malcolm gives a 1974 Honda CB450K7 a new lease on life. 

Honda CB750A: Honda's Automatic Motorcycle

Australian motorcycle enthusiast Ian Lee tells the story of the Honda CB750A Down Under.

Honda 650SC with a Slipping Clutch

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a slipping clutch problem on a 1983 Honda 650SC. 

1964 Honda Super Hawk CB77

A 1964 Honda CB77 Super Hawk on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.  

Honda CB750 Restoration

“Blue” Mike Peterson explains the collector value of his latest winter project, a 1970 Honda CB750.

Kevin Forth's 1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150 Restoration

Kevin Forth spends 11 months restoring a 1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150.

King of the Hill: 1974 Honda CR125M Elsinore

In 1973, offroad riding and motocross were hot, and the Honda CR125M Elsinore was the bike to have.

Jim Morrison and His Honda 305 Scrambler

Release of liability records and DMV registrations make it appear this 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler was at one point owned by Jim Morrison.

1985 Honda VF700F Interceptor Back from the Dead

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a failed fuel petcock issue on a 1985 Honda VF700F Interceptor.

Marc Wiggins’ 1982 Honda CX500 Eurosport

Mark Wiggins gives his 1982 Honda CX500 Eurosport a new lease on life after crashing it years earlier.

1983 Honda V65 Magna — The First Power Cruiser

Tomorrow’s classics: 1983-1986 Honda V65 Magna was the world’s first Power Cruiser.

SOHC/4 Forum Honda Relay Crosses Appalachians into Kentucky

The Honda Relay Across America continues with cross country motorcycle touring through the Appalachians and into Kentucky. This blog was first published in March 2011 on the 2011 Honda Relay Ride blog on motorcycleclassics.com.

Clarence De Barrows' 1970 Honda CB750

Clarence De Barrows shares his perfectly original classic bike, a 1970 Honda CB750

Cross-Country Honeymoon on 1973 Hondas

What better way to celebrate a marriage than to ride two 1973 Hondas on a cross-country honeymoon?

1975 Honda Gold Wing

A vintage 1975 Honda Gold Wing on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1973 Honda CB500 Carburetor Rebuild

Step-by-step instructions for a 1973 Honda CB500 carburetor rebuild

A Classic Ride to the 2011 Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix

Steve Solko and his brother Carl ride a classic Honda CB 900 and a 2005 Triumph motorcycle on a 325-mile trip to the 2011 Bonneville Vintage GP.

The $900 fender on a 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler

Steve Matthews gets a painful and expensive reminder to wear safety glasses while installing a fender on his 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler.

Race-spec and Street-spec Honda CR93

Brown M. Maloney owns a rare Honda CR93 racer as well as the even more rare street version of the same bike.

The First Sport Bike? The 1983 Honda VF750F Interceptor

The first Honda VF750F Interceptor had its issues, but today they’ve become surprisingly collectible.

Diamonds in the Rough: Turning dogs into classics

As classic customs – everything from café racers to bobbers – continue gaining in popularity, practitioners of the art of customizing increasingly face a basic question: Do I keep doing the same old same old, or reach out and try to redefine the custom market? There will always be plenty of builders who take the first approach. And fortunately, there are also more than a few willing to follow the path less traveled.

1973 Honda CB500 Fork Rebuild

Step-by-step instructions on a fork rebuild for a 1973 Honda CB500. It's not as hard as you think. Just click here for our tutorial to learn how to give your old Honda's tired front end a new lease on life.

1953 Honda Dream

1953 Honda Dream on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Project Café: Rebuilding a 1973 Honda CB500

First steps in rebuilding a 1973 Honda CB500, from assessing its real condition to stripping the frame.

Pulling the Trigger: Rickman Honda CR750

A motorcycle enthusiast discovers a never completed 1975 Rickman Honda CR750 kit

Larry Cameron's 1972 Honda SL350

Larry Cameron shows us his restored 1972 Honda SL350.

The Smallest Four: Honda CB350F

Honda’s magic shrinking act gave us the smallest production version of its inline four, the CB350F.

My Perfect Motorcycle

Character, reliability, simplicity and comfort are all important pieces of Pat Parziale's perfect motorcycle.

The Honda CBX 1000

With a vast history of racing machines utilizing 5- and 6-cylinder motorcycle engines, Honda didn’t need to dig too deeply to create the technology for the Honda CBX 1000.

1979 Honda CB650 Special

Derek Pauletto transforms an “ugly duckling” 1979 Honda CB650 Special into a sleek café racer one can brag about.

The Honda CB750A Hondamatic

The Honda CB750A Hondamatic operated without a clutch which left motorcyclists wanting more.

My First Ride: A 1975 Honda CB750

I have been reading Motorcycle Classics since 2008 and finally decided to get off the sidelines and jump into the classic motorcycle arena.  So I began browsing Craig’s list, found the classic I’d always wanted and went to look it over.  The front brake was sticking preventing an actual test ride but I figured that could be fixed.  Otherwise it was all there (wrong seat) and seemed to run properly so I bought it.  A few days later I was ready to follow your motto “Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em “ and take my ‘new’ 1975 Honda CB750 for its first ride.  

Ron Graf’s 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

It is a truism that there is a perfect bike for everyone, and for Ron Graf, the perfect bike is a Honda CX650 Turbo. He owns three.

1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport

Marcos Markoulatos unexpectedly became a fan of 1970s Japanese motorcycles, and his 1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport has pride of place.

The Early History of Honda Motorcycles

Honda Motor Company, Ltd., was the brainchild of one of the true visionaries of the world, Soichiro Honda - the central character in the early history of Honda motorcycles.

High-Mileage Classics: 161,200-mile 1984 Honda GL 1200 Goldwing Aspencade

Deb Justice shares the experience her and her husband have had with a 161,200-mile 1984 Honda GL 1200 Goldwing Aspencade.  

Dennis Zickrick, Honda CB750 Authority

Dennis Zickrick is a motorcycle legend and authority on the Honda CB750, but most people don't know that.

In Love with the Honda CB400F

Small, light and easy to handle, the Honda CB400F might be the best of the breed. 

Found on eBay: 1983 Honda CB1100F Super Sport

This highly modified Honda CB1100F is just too cool to pass up. It started life as a stock 1100F, when a dealer pulled it right off the dealership floor and, with just a few mods, took it racing at Daytona.  

Greg Wassenberg’s Honda CBX

Greg Wassenberg discusses owning and riding his Honda CBX.

1963 Honda CR93 Benly

The 1963 Honda CR93 Benly production racer was a factory racer for the everyman.

Found on eBay: 1983 Honda CX650E

If this bike looks familiar but you just can't put a finger on why, you're not alone. Yes, it looks sort of like a 1983 Honda CX650T, the turbocharged V-twin that was availabile in the U.S. for just one year. But the fairing looks different somehow, and it's missing the giant "Turbo" lettering on the exhaust. Why you ask? Because it's not a Turbo.  

Found on eBay: 1973 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

  This week we've found a sharp-looking Honda 350 that has us dreaming of warmer days and curvy roads. If you didn't get around to building your own cafe racer this past winter, here's one that's ready to go.  

Don Hughes’ 1976 Honda CB400 Four

Don Hughes discusses owning and riding and selling a 1976 Honda CB400 Four.

Bob Reichenberg’s 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

Bob Reichenberg discusses owning and riding a 1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing.

The Honda CB450 Police Special Siren

One of the most notable features on the Honda CB450 Police Special is the very loud siren.

1967 Honda CB450 Police Special

Honda made a play for a share of the police pursuit bike market with its 1967 Honda CB450 Police Special.

The 1983 Honda CB1100F Made a Lasting Impression

The 1983 Honda CB1100F has made an indelible impression on its riders.

1983 Honda CB1100F

The 1983 Honda CB1100F was the ultimate expression of the Honda CB750 Four.

High-Mileage Classics: 81,000-mile 1981 Honda CB900F

Karl Baumann's 1981 Honda CB900F has logged almost 81,000 miles.

Get Ready for the Honda Relay Rally Across America

Attention Honda Four owners! The online Single Over-Head Cam 4 Forums is organizing one of the coolest rides we’ve heard of in a long time, the 2011 SOHC4.net Relay Rally Across America. Mapped out to hit every state in the Lower 48, plus Canada and maybe even Alaska at the very end, the 187-day relay starts March 12, 2011, at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Found on eBay: 1978 Honda CB750F Super Sport

This week's eBay find may not be the rarest bike we've featured here, but with another round of fresh snow on the ground here in February, it's definately the one that's got us thinking about a lovely spring Sunday-morning ride.  

Paul Enz’s 1965 Honda S65

Paul Enz discusses owning and riding his 1965 Honda S65.

The Honda GB500

The Honda GB 500 had old-school, British-single inspired styling that made an impression.

Honda CL77: The Gentleman's Scrambler

Triumph may have defined the classic “desert sled,” but for a lot of American riders, the Honda CL77 was the better dirt bike.

Found on eBay: 1960 Honda Benly Supersport CB92

This week's eBay find is definately something you don't see everyday: an original 1960 Honda CB92 with the "R" kit open megaphone exhaust.  

Found on eBay: 1976 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

This week's eBay find is a 1976 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing that looks to be in good condition and has us itching for more space in the garage. According to the seller, it's had just three caring owners and he believes the 14,223 miles showing on the odometer to be true and accurate.  

1981 Honda CB900F

On evenings and weekends, John Davy indulges his passion for collecting classic Japanese motorcycles. One of John’s latest finds is a 1981 Honda CB900F.

Found on eBay: 1966 Honda CA160 Touring

We're just back from the 6th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, and while there are many stories to tell and photos to share, one immediate effect of the festival is we're now itching to buy a Honda CA160.

Found on eBay: Honda CB1100F

Standard style bikes from the 1980s are slowly becoming more appreciated by collectors and riders alike. One such standard that we’ve always been fond of is the Honda CB1100F. A one year only model, the

Found on eBay: 1970 Honda CB750

While there are still lots of nice Honda CB750s out there, the ones that are nice and in original condition are getting few and far between. This 1970 model has just over 24,000 miles on it, but appears to be in lovely original condition, and wears its original paint, seat cover, exhaust pipes and more.

Found on eBay: 1975 Honda GL1000 Goldwing

This week's eBay find is a first year GL1000 Goldwing. It hasn't been restored and looks to be in very nice condition, and is a perfect candidate for someone who loves to both collect and ride great old bikes. It's rare to find one of these that is this nice and has so few miles. 

Found on eBay: 1981 Honda CB900F

While wandering through eBay this week we came across a couple of interesting motorcycles, but the one that really jumped at us was this Honda CB900F. These bikes make great riders today, and this one has a key ingredient that makes it even more desirable; the optional Hondaline fairing.

One Wife, Many Motorcycles

Tim Kessel talks about his love for his wife and collecting classic motorcycles.

The Honda CB750F Super Sport

The Honda CB750F Super Sport is easy to work on and generally hugely reliable, making it a great usable classic Honda motorcycle.

1984 Honda Ascot VT500

The 1984 Honda Ascot VT500 marked the beginning of the nearly no-maintenance bike that became one of many popular classic Honda motorcycles.

Found on eBay: 1976 Honda CB750F

Buying a bike on eBay can be a crapshoot. While there are some well-known, reputable dealers out there, there are also plenty of shade-tree mechanics who swear they're selling the most perfectly-restored bike you've ever seen. Well there's nothing to worry about with this week's bike, as this beautiful, original 1976 Honda CB750F is for sale by Axel at American Classix.com

Found on eBay: 1985 Honda Sabre VF700S

Call it a near-classic or a soon-to-be classic. Or just call it a really nice Eighties bike. Either way, this Honda Sabre is in outstanding condition, would make a great rider (or even a show bike maybe?) and we're betting it sells for a fairly reasonable price.

Found on eBay: Carpy's Honda CB750 Café

As the eBay ad says, "Yes this is the bike you saw in the magazine. What magazine? Any one." Well, yes, it was featured in many magazines, but it was featured on the cover of Motorcycle Classics nearly four years ago, and it's still one of our favorites. Currently owned by Old Bike Barn (www.OldBikeBarn.com), the bike is being auctioned off by Rice Paddy Motorcycles. According to Bear from Old Bike Barn, he's enjoyed the bike but is ready to pusue some different projects.

The Honda CB450 Black Bomber

Two cylinders, twin cams and loaded with technology, the Honda CB450 put the world on notice: Honda was at war, and planned to win.

Found on eBay: 1975 Honda CB750

Our weekly wander through eBay popped up not one but two Honda CB750's we'd be happy to have in our garage. The first is a quite original 1975 CB750 with just over fifteen thousand miles on it. It would be a great rider or the basis for a beautiful show bike with a little work.

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500, Part 7

The BikeBandit.com/Motorcycle Classics 1973 Honda CB500 is done – and one lucky reader is taking it home!

Project Café! –We’ve Got a Winner!

Our 1973 Honda CB500 Four BikeBandit.com/Motorcycle Classics Project Café has a new owner! We set up a sweepstakes for the bike, and drew the winning name on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the 5th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. And the winner is … drum roll please … Dennis Picken of Omaha, Nebraska! “I suppose everybody says this, but I’ve never won anything in my life,” Dennis told us when we called him. “I’m just shocked. I’m really excited, the pictures I’ve seen are really exciting.” 

School Bikes: The 1981 Honda CBX

Any student would have had a real job of it trying to tune a Honda CBX. Yet in 1981 Honda donated many such bikes to high school shop classes. Originally published as "1981 Honda CBX" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

Doug Polen takes 1st in the Battle of the CB160s LeMans Start!

As a four-time World Champion, you can bet Doug Polen rides to win. So when Polen swings a leg over a bike, you sort of assume a rider of his caliber will smoke just about all comers, regardless of what he’s riding. But could Polen, who made his name riding100-plus horsepower bikes like the Ducati 888 and Honda RC45, successfully compete against seasoned veterans in the Lillipution world of 14hp Honda CB160s? And starting at the very back of the pack? He could, and he did, and he won.

Found on eBay: Honda CR750

How rare is a Honda CR750? It depends on who you believe, but the answer is very rare, and the chances of ever seeing another for sale are quite slim. That's why we just had to share this piece of history with you this week.

Owner's View: The 1976 Honda CB750 K6

Meet the man who still owns, and loves, the 1976 Honda CB750 he bought in 1977.

Steve Carpenter's Custom Honda CB750 Cafe Racer

Steve Carpenter's custom Honda CB750 cafe racer — and the other amazing bikes he's built — are making him a legend in classic motorcycle circles.

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500, Part 5

Rebuilding the front brake caliper and installing new brake pads.

A Motorcycle Tour of Long Island on a Honda CB750

Taking a motorcycle tour on his Honda CB750 was just the thing to remind the author — and the bike — that both of them were more than urban drones. Originally published as "Long Island on a 1975 Honda CB750" in the January/February 2007 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

View from the Sidecar

 Colin Seeley’s eagerly awaited classic-era memoir, Racer … and the Rest, has finally been published by Redline Books. The beautifully designed, coffee-table-sized 388-page first volume, with a superb selection of photos from Colin’s own archive and the top photographers of the era, deals with the Seeley saga up through 1970.

Found on eBay: 1983 Honda CB1100F

This week's eBay highlight is a 1983 Honda CB1100F, a one-year-only model with a legion of adoring fans. The bike for sale  has just under 15,000 miles on it and is claimed to be "almost 100% original."

Fast from the Past: A new exhibit at Hershey

For a lot of enthusiasts, old bikes and old cars are a natural pairing. That thinking prompted last year’s alliance between the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) and the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum (AACA), with the AMCA exhibiting at the AACA museum in Hershey, Pa. The latest fruit from this partnership is Fast From the Past: The Competition Motorcycles of Yesteryear.

Found on eBay: 1969 Honda CL350

Honda's Scrambler-style motorcycles from the late 1960s and early 1970s are neat little bikes that still make for great in-town transportation today, and one of our favorites is the CL350.

Found on eBay: 1979 Honda CBX Super Sport

This week's eBay scouting found the crown jewel of 1970s Hondas: an original 1979 CBX Super Sport.

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500 - Part 3

Rebuilding the carburetors on the Motorcycle Classics Project Café 1973 Honda CB500 bike.

1983 Honda CX650 Turbo

In 1983, turbocharging was the wave of the motorcycle future. And while the 1983 Honda CX650 Turbo was arguably the best of the turbocharged motorcycles that roared onto roads in the early Eighties, it is now one of the rarest production Hondas ever, with only 1,777 built and fewer than 1,200 imported to the U.S. and Canada. 

Found on eBay: 1954 Honda Dream Type E

Honda Dreams are great classic motorcycles, and most of the several versions of the Dream are pretty easy to find due to the high numbers of them sold in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. But some of the very early Dreams, like this 1954 Type E, are hard to find in the U.S. 

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500, Part 2

Rebuilding the forks on the Motorcycle Classics Project Cafe 1973 Honda CB500 bike.

Found on eBay: 1981 Honda CBX Super Sport

This week's eBay wandering led us to one of our favorite big "touring" bikes, a 1981 CBX Super Sport, which came with the fairing and hard saddlebags you see here.

The Honda VF1000R

The Honda V4 line’s flagship model, at least in its pedigree, was the Honda VF1000R.

Project Café: 1973 Honda CB500, Part 1

BikeBandit.com and Motorcycle Classics team up to turn a 1973 Honda CB500 into a café racer.

The Orphan

I’ve been following the “Found on E-bay” blogs on this site lately, but haven’t yet been tempted. Good thing too, as my shop is now over-full of motorcycles – the latest addition, a 1982 Honda CM450 Custom, having appeared out of the blue last week (almost literally). 

Found on eBay: 1974 Rickman-Honda CB750

This week's eBay wandering led us to some unusual discoveries, the coolest of which is this sweet Rickman.

The Honda CB500 Four

“The thinking man’s motorcycle.” That was Cycle magazine’s take on Honda’s half-liter four, the Honda CB500 Four.

Project Café: Motorcycle Classics BikeBandit.com Honda CB500

It’s been a long year since we finished our last Motorcycle Classics build, transforming a 1971 Triumph TR6C from semi-derelict into a gleaming thing of beauty. Truth be told, our Triumph came out better than we could have hoped, and after the dust settled we planned to jump into our next build ASAP. Best intentions being, well, best intentions, the build we hoped to start months ago is just now coming together as we plunge into our next pseudo resto project, a 1973 Honda CB500 Four. A CB500? Is that a classic? Absolutely. CB500s are fab bikes, great to look at as well as to ride; although right now ours is fabulously ugly and only kind of running, as you can see in the video we shot and playing on our homepage right now.

Vintage Motorcycle Racing with the Honda CB160

Roaming around the outside of the track, a muffled buzz growing louder and louder, I could swear a swarm of killer bees must be heading toward me. Then I remember; oh yeah, this is vintage motorcycle racing with the Honda CB160.  

Guy Webster's Honda CB160 Racer

Guy Webster's Honda CB160 racer was built as an homage to the first Honda race bikes.

The Honda CB700SC Nighthawk S

When the Honda CB700SC Nighthawk S was introduced in 1984, the words of praise from the motoring press were immediate, and, in a surprise twist to the norm, unifed.

Win a CB160 at the Bonneville Vintage GP!

If you’re hankering for a race-ready CB160 to run in AHRMA or just add to your collection, don’t miss your chance to bring one home following the 3rd Annual Bonneville Vintage GP (http://www.bonnevillevintagegp.com) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, proudly presented this year by Motorcycle Classics. For the second year in a row, some lucky classic race fan will head home with a fully restored and race-prepped Honda CB160, expertly crafted by the crew at Vicious Cycle in Portland, Ore. And all you gotta do is pony up a paltry $5 for a raffle ticket – or $20 for 5 tickets – for the chance to bring the Vicious CB160 home.

Found on eBay: 1966 Honda CB160

Here's a bike we just had to share with our readers. When was the last time you saw a Honda CB160 with just 56 original miles on it?

Found on eBay: 1966 Honda CB450

Around here, we’re suckers for old Hondas, and the CB450 “Black Bomber” is one of those great “early” Hondas that we’d just love to have sitting in the garage, waiting for a ride now and then.

Found on eBay: 1968 Honda CL450 Scrambler

With a bit of wrenching and a little cleaning, wouldn't this be a great classic for running around town? 

Honda to End U.S. Motorcycle Production

According to the Associated Press, Honda Motor Co. plans to stop producing motorcycles in the United States next year.

Found on eBay: 1977 Honda Gold Wing GL1000

With spring on the way, thoughts of touring thing coming spring are pretty much all we think about. We start digging maps out of the tankbags they've been in all winter and marking routes and campsites we plan to visit just as soon as the weather allows, and with that in mind, this week's eBay searching led us to a nice, mostly original early Gold Wing that's just a pair of soft-saddlebags away from being our vision of a great classic tourer.

The Honda CX500

The beefiest of Honda’s middleweights was the CB550 Four. A smooth, capable machine based on the CB750 introduced in 1969, it was decidedly old-school and hardly the machine to entice a new generation of riders. Enter the Honda CX500.

The CB1100F returns!

The CB1100F returns!   By now you’ve probably seen photos of the prototypes Honda debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2007. If not...

The Honda S65

Small and approachable, the shy little Honda S65 embodies everything that makes up a classic 1960s Honda motorcycle.  

Honda CB500T

The Honda CB500T is Seventies twin with character: throwback flavor, classic styling, retro engine

Honda CBX

If two was enough, and four supreme, then the industry-leading six-cylinder Honda CBX was nothing short of sublime

Honda Transalp XL600V

Best bets on tomorrow's classics: 1989-1991 Honda Transalp XL600V is a fun and versatile touring bike

The Honda VF700S Sabre Touring Bike

The 1984-1985 Honda VF700S Sabre was a tariff-buster that makes a great touring bike today, if you can find one. Originally published as "The Honda VF700S Sabre" in the July August 2006 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.

The Honda CB900F

It took a bit of complaining, but popular demand finally brought the Honda CB900F to the United States in 1981.

The Honda CB750 Four: Classic for the Masses

With its four-cylinder transverse engine, the Honda CB750 was a big hit with the public at its introduction in 1968 and has since become a collector favorite.

Honda CB400 Four: Less is More

The Honda CB400 Four was only built for two years, but it's becoming more and more popular as a great classic motorcycle.

1961 Honda CB92 Benly

The 1961 CB92 Benly showed the world that Honda was serious about performance.

The Honda GL1000 Gold Wing

Looking back, it's easy to think the first Honda GL1000 Gold Wing in 1975 was a revolutionary touring motorcycle. It was, in fact, evolutionary.

New Life for a 1971 Honda CB450 K4

Honda's CB450 may be the perfect everyman's classic motorcycle.

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