Honda Dream CA77

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

| January/February 2014

  • Side view of the 1960s Honda Dream
    A 1966 Honda CA77 Dream.
    Jeff Barger
  • Right side of the Honda CA77 Dream
    The Dream, along with other Hondas of this era, uses a two-piece enclosed metal chain guard.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Riders view of the Honda Dream
    A 1966 Honda CA77 Dream.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Front view of the 1966 Honda Dream
    Front view of a 1966 Honda CA77 Dream.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Jim Jebavy and his Honda Dream
    Aside from the levers, perches and mirrors, Jim’s Dream is remarkably correct. Jim aimed to use as many original pieces as possible.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Tail end view of the 1966 Honda Dream
    Rear view of a 1966 Honda CA77 Dream.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Left hand side of the Honda Dream
    The unique fender flare and the bottom of the front fender is often damaged on these bikes. This one was reshaped and repainted.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Close up of the 305cc twin
    The overhead cam 305cc twin produces 23 horsepower at 7,500rpm.
    Photo By Jeff Barger
  • Rear and side view of the 1966 Honda Dream
    A 1966 Honda CA77 Dream.
    Photo By Jeff Barger

  • Side view of the 1960s Honda Dream
  • Right side of the Honda CA77 Dream
  • Riders view of the Honda Dream
  • Front view of the 1966 Honda Dream
  • Jim Jebavy and his Honda Dream
  • Tail end view of the 1966 Honda Dream
  • Left hand side of the Honda Dream
  • Close up of the 305cc twin
  • Rear and side view of the 1966 Honda Dream

Claimed power: 23hp @ 7,500rpm
Engine: 305cc air-cooled OHC parallel twin, 60mm x 54mm bore and stroke
Top Speed: 86mph
Weight (dry): 350lb (159kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 2.5gal (9.5ltr)/50-70mpg
Price then/now: $595/$1,500-$4,000

All dressed up in angular sheet metal, the Honda Dream is instantly recognizable as a machine of the 1960s. Those sartorial straight lines and sharp creases of the Dream are also instantly polarizing — eliciting a love it or loathe it kind of reaction.



Regardless of how you feel about the blocky and chunky machine, for many who came of age in the era of the Dream the model brings back happy memories. Take Jim Jebavy of New Berlin, Wis. In 1966 he was a high school senior in the town of Two Rivers on Lake Michigan, and several of his friends had motorcycles. Many owned Dreams, and Jim remembers cadging rides aboard the 305cc Hondas. At the time he had never owned a motorcycle, having instead invested in a car. Come winter, he was the popular man with his friends.

southluke
8/2/2020 1:23:35 PM

Reading the stories from Honda Dream owners and fans brings back old memories from my time in Japan, 1965-1968. Summer 1965, I bought a 1961 Honda Dream for $85.00. It had a knock in the engine that 3-4 motorcycle shops said was the crankshaft. I did not believe it since I had fooled with old motorcycles as a kid and experience told me it would have blown up if the crank were bad. Honda motorcycle shop wanted $15 to put new rings in it and I thought that would give me a chance to see what was really wrong with it. Turned out to be the overhead cam sprocket was bad so they replaced that part and rebored it for $25 total. Afterwards, that bike ran like a brand new. I drove it for 6,000 miles, trying to destroy it before I decided to see what it was made of. Completely disassembled it and replaced every part that did not look good. Spent $30 and filed out the ports in the head and sanded smooth with sandpaper. After that, I never found a 305 that could outrun my ole 250. And it got 90 MPG of lousy gas. I could go on for a small book with tales about this cycle and other adventures in Japan but suffice it to say, Have never seen a machine of any kind as tough and reliable as the Honda Dream...southluke45@gmail.com


resney
12/23/2019 11:08:04 PM

Merry Christmas. I'm trying to track down information on the Honda Dream motorcycles. It's surprisingly hit or miss on the internet and it did bring me to a comment you made several years ago. My Dad had a Black Dream but I'm unsure the year. His friend was in the Navy and brought it from Japan for some reason. I recently found a picture of him sitting on it and the date is 1967. I know he had the bike before he was married in 1966, but I don't know how long before...possibly 63.? They were engaged for about 3 years. In my searching, I can't tell what size the bike's motor is. Some pictures seem to be 250 and still some 305; yet there seems to be smaller engines too? I'm really surprised there isn't more information out there readily available. From what I can tell, it does seem to be a Japanese model vs. an american import, so maybe the story holds true. I want to find a bike like this an buy it, but I'll bet a Japanese version is gonna be tough and money is an object. Anyways.... I thought I'd take a stab at it. I own a 65 bmw r50/2 that belonged to my uncle and have had several other bikes but have always leaned towards the classics


RUSTYM
6/21/2018 8:52:46 AM

Hops dog, 1967 was the last year Honda manufactured any of the 305s, the Dreams (CA77), Super Hawks (CB77), and Scramblers (CL77). Back in those days, a bike was usually titled the year it was sold, so there are 305s titled in '68 and '69 out there.




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