1953 Honda Dream

| 1/18/2012 9:10:26 AM

1953 Honda Dream

1953 Honda Dream

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 5.5hp @ 5,000rpm
Bore x Stroke: 57 x 57mm
Displacement: 145cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: Three speed
Suspension: Telescopic front forks, rear plungers
Brakes: Drum, front and rear
Weight: 320lb.
Top Speed: 45mph

1953 Honda Dream

The first motorcycles that Honda produced were heavily influenced by German engineering, in particular NSU, who at this time were supreme in road racing events. The similarity between this machine and comparable German products is obvious. Honda did not appear in the U.S. market until 1959, so anything built prior to this date is extremely rare. A few were shipped here by returning servicemen, but with no parts available, the majority ended up in salvage yards.

1953 Honda Dream

7/18/2019 7:52:02 AM

The Japanese had mostly unpaved roads. I wonder if that chrome hoop was a handle for lifting it out of mud?

2/8/2018 7:10:28 AM

I think its a bumper. Not uncommon in that era. I have a '68 dream and it is so different. You can see the German influence.

5/12/2016 7:41:30 AM

I was wondering what the chrome hoop shaped piece of metal behind the rear wheel is for...bumper protection perhaps? I certainly remember the first "Dream" that Honda introduced here in the US. It was quite impressive, especially the electric start!

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