Home Market Honda: 1958 Honda JC58 Benly

Never officially sold in the U.S., this 1958 Honda Benly has been restored by Charlie O’Hanlon.


| November/December 2017



1958 Honda JC58 Benly

Eric Gebow's 1958 Honda JC58 Benly.

Photo by Jimmy Ban
1958 Honda JC58 Benly
Claimed power: 9.5hp @ 7,500rpm
Top speed: 53mph
Engine: 125cc air cooled OHV single, 57mm x 49mm bore and stroke, 7:1 compression ratio
Weight (dry): 242lb (110kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 2gal (7.56ltr)

For more than 25 years the Blue Man Group has wowed the world with their energetic and entertaining theatrical performances.

On stage, each Blue Man is bald, earless, and yes — blue. Every Blue Man Group show features a wild mash-up of music and stories, all shared through a variety of one-off instruments and some rather interesting technology. In a video interview, Blue Man Group co-founder Phil Stanton says, “The Blue Man is that part of us that wants to remain curious our whole lives, wants to find ways to be creative, and, as such, is really a citizen of the world.”

Comparing the entertainment value of the Blue Men to the mechanical genius of Honda might seem a stretch, but the core tenets of each are much the same — constant innovation through improved technology. Indeed, like the Blue Man as described by Stanton, Soichiro Honda was certainly curious and creative in his approach to bringing his brand of powered two-wheelers to the world.

The Blue connection

After all this talk about Blue Men and Honda, it’s time to introduce Blue Man Group performer Eric Gebow of Chicago, Illinois. Eric is a devoted Honda fan, and has been longer than the Blue Men have been doing their thing. Raised in Rye, New Hampshire, Eric’s older brother and his friends rode Hondas. Eric’s first motorcycle was a Honda XL100 and he’s always admired early Honda models.

It’s his connection to Honda that led Eric to Charlie’s Place proprietor Charlie O’Hanlon, famous on the West Coast for his own personal devotion to the brand. The pair first met in San Francisco, California, and over the years Charlie has restored two of Eric’s Hondas, a 1971 CB750 and a 1967 CB450.

ekims911
11/9/2017 2:10:39 PM

I helped a friend of mine assemble a 1959 Honda Dream which he purchased thru Popular Mechanics magazine in 1959.The underside off the front fender was unpainted due to oversight..The fender was made from stamped out Schlitz beer cans which were consumed by out troops in Japan.


ekims911
11/9/2017 2:10:35 PM

I helped a friend of mine assemble a 1959 Honda Dream which he purchased thru Popular Mechanics magazine in 1959.The underside off the front fender was unpainted due to oversight..The fender was made from stamped out Schlitz beer cans which were consumed by out troops in Japan.






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