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.
Available records confirm The Doors’ Jim Morrison as the Honda’s owner.
Photo By Don Ince
It was only by chance that Don Ince purchased what turned out to be Jim Morrison’s 1968 Honda 305 Scrambler. “The bike was never advertised as having been owned by him and I only learned this after I purchased it. I really had no idea and neither did the seller,” Ince says. No pictures have surfaced showing Morrison, lead singer for legendary 1960s rock band The Doors, on a motorcycle, a fact that only adds to the Honda’s intrigue. Jim Morrison died in 1971 of a suspected drug overdose.
Ince, the owner of California-based Vintage Viking Motors, found the Honda on Craigslist last July. Only after carefully researching release of liability records and DMV registrations did Ince learn of the bike’s historical significance. “The serial number and frame number matched the DMV registration of James Morrison. I was able to link these numbers to his license number back in late 1968. An application for a duplicate title listed a Wilshire Boulevard address and a Sunset address. It’s known he resided at both these California addresses,” Ince says. Ince also referred to release of liability paperwork linking the singer’s management company to the bike. “The release of liability after Jim’s death came from Johnson & Harband, which was his financial management company. Putting this together with the DMV records and his addresses, we have confirmation that this was in fact Jim Morrison’s.”
But it turns out that the singer might not have been the only celebrity to have owned the Honda 305 Scrambler. The release of liability records from Johnson & Harband in 1971 also show the name Kenneth Howard of Calabasas, Calif., attached to the Honda following Morrison’s death. Kenneth Howard was the given name of legendary builder and artist Von Dutch.