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8/9/2016 12:00 AM
Comparing the Honda GL500 Silver Wing and its main competitors, the Moto Guzzi V65C and BMW R60/7.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

1977 Honda CB550K
Carefully restored by the crew at Retrospeed in Belgium, Wisconsin, this might be the nicest Honda CB550K you’ve ever seen.

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.

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

Chris Standridge's father in 1968
Chris Standridge gives his father’s old Honda Dream CA77 a total restoration.

1986 Honda VFR750F
A lot was riding on the Honda VFR750F, and its manufacturer was determined to get it right.

1975 Honda MT250 Elsinore
With Honda’s tradition of producing 4-strokes, many were caught off guard by the lightweight MT250 Elsinore.

1965 Honda S65
A reader breaks down two 1965 Honda S65s he found on Craigslist and ends up with a nicely restored ride.

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.

1949 Honda Dream
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.

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

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

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

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.

Smokey Alston riding his 1977 Honda CB550, probably around the time he purchased it.
Former Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter "Smokey" Alston's 1977 Honda CB550 up for auction July 5, 2014.

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

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

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

1966 Honda Dream
Greg Williams’ “Dream Machine” article hit a chord with Honda Dream owner Pete Dopson.

Our Race to Rebuild Honda CB1100F gets a new owner.

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

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

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

1983 Honda Restomod
The Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle resto-mod Honda CB1100F is finished and ready to ride.

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

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

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

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

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

Honda CL350 left full view
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.

1975 Honda GL1000
Replace the water pump in a Honda GL1100.

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

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

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

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

Install a pair of loud, relay-switched horns
Motorcycle Classics’ editors explain how to install switched relay dual horns on a Honda GL1100.

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

1974 Honda
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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

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

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

2011 Bonneville Vintage GP tour
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.

1971 honda cl350
Steve Matthews gets a painful and expensive reminder to wear safety glasses while installing a fender on his 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler.

honda cr93 racers
Brown M. Maloney owns a rare Honda CR93 racer as well as the even more rare street version of the same bike.

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

Dime City Cycle Honda Shadow Custom
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 Frame and Parts
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 Cafe 1
First steps in rebuilding a 1973 Honda CB500, from assessing its real condition to stripping the frame.

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

1972 Honda SL350
Larry Cameron shows us his restored 1972 Honda SL350.

CB350 Right/Front Side
Honda’s magic shrinking act gave us the smallest production version of its inline four, the CB350F.

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

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.

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

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

Royce Thiessen's 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.  

1983 honda cx650t
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.

front view, right profile of 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.

honda cb160 engine
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.

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

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

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

Honda CB1100F
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.  

honda cbx
Greg Wassenberg discusses owning and riding his Honda CBX.

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Bill Keena fondly remembers his dad, his dad's Honda CB750 and how he came to love taking motorcycle road trips.

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

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.  

  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.  

honda cb400f
Don Hughes discusses owning and riding and selling a 1976 Honda CB400 Four.

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

honda cp450
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.

honda cb110f
The 1983 Honda CB1100F has made an indelible impression on its riders.

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

honda cb900f
Karl Baumann's 1981 Honda CB900F has logged almost 81,000 miles.

Honda Tank on Tour
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 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.

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.  

1965 honda s65
Paul Enz discusses owning and riding his 1965 Honda S65.

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

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

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.  

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Steve Solko rides 700 miles round trip on a 1980 Honda CB900 Custom to attend the 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP in Toole, Utah.

yellow 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.  

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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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

1968 honda cl175
Technical specifications for the 1968 Honda CL175.

honda cb750sf
The Honda CB750F Super Sport is easy to work on and generally hugely reliable, making it a great usable classic Honda motorcycle.

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

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

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.

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 (, 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.

honda cb450 1
Two cylinders, twin cams and loaded with technology, the Honda CB450 put the world on notice: Honda was at war, and planned to win.

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.

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The Classics 1973 Honda CB500 is done – and one lucky reader is taking it home!

CB500 Project Cafe, right side
Our 1973 Honda CB500 Four 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.” 

Honda CBX parked in front of Richfield High School
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 and Honda CB
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.

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.

CB500 Brake Master
This rebuild came about as part of Project Café, the 1973 Honda CB500 Four we’ve been morphing into a street café racer with help from We covered rebuilding the brake caliper in the September/October 2009 issue, a project you can also find here on our website.

Low angle view of Wassenberg on his 1976 Honda CB750
Meet the man who still owns, and loves, the 1976 Honda CB750 he bought in 1977.

Steve Carpenter's red Tracy Special 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.

Rebuilding the front brake caliper and installing new brake pads.

Motorcycle tour - view of New York City at dusk through the Honda CB750's gauges
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.

 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.

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."

Honda Elsinore
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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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

11/26/2008 and Motorcycle Classics team up to turn a 1973 Honda CB500 into a café racer.

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). 

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

honda cb500 four
“The thinking man’s motorcycle.” That was Cycle magazine’s take on Honda’s half-liter four, the Honda CB500 Four.

1973 Honda CB500-Photo 2
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.

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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 was built as an homage to the first Honda race bikes.

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.

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 ( 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.

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?

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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.

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

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

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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.

honda cx500 ad
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!   By now you’ve probably seen photos of the prototypes Honda debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2007. If not...

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

Honda aimed the CB500T at a refined crowd that presumably would appreciate a bike with throwback — some would say outdated — engineering
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

The Honda Transalp was good at just about anything you threw at it and is still a great, practical, do-it-all motorcycle
Best bets on tomorrow's classics: 1989-1991 Honda Transalp XL600V is a fun and versatile touring bike

Honda VF700S - head-on view of 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.

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

front view of Honda CB750
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.

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

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

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.

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

Ahh. Time to relax, get a cup of coffee, and put my feet up.

1975 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing
The incredible story of Honda GL1000 Gold Wing prototype GL1-1000002.

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