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

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.

greg
8/2/2014 10:38:53 AM

Are they ever going to make a new speedometer for a Honda Dream 305 CA77 ? they are so hard to find also where can I get one ? and when you do find one the cost is OUT! the window . What's going on with that anyway ? I got a new one for my CA160 .What's going on with that ? also need the right side winker switch we need that also , same problem. Thank's, this would make life so much easy'er. G.


blewsmoke
1/16/2014 3:45:41 PM

Here's a question for all you Dream owners: the article mentioned that Dreams are all-steel. However, the rear shock upper covers on my black 1968 Dream are plastic. Is this unusual, or do all Dream 305s have plastic shock covers?


blewsmoke
1/16/2014 12:10:40 PM

I own a 1968 Dream, and I enjoyed the story. Regarding the levers and perches, your non-standard replacements likely provide better performance than the factory items. The original levers have a curious bend to them that limits the available travel. The factory levers are great for small hands, but every time I ride my Dream I feel like I could use just a little more range in lever action. I'm mystified by the "out 180 degrees" timing statement. Do not both spark plugs fire simultaneously?


steve seiwald
1/16/2014 8:51:05 AM

I would like to know the name of the chrome shop that replayed Jim's mufflers. Any shop I talk to says they can't rechrome used muffs.


davidm
1/16/2014 7:30:53 AM

I am one of those that dislike the looks of the dream, but I like the 305 Scrambler. I never owned a 305 but I remember how popular they were when I was in High School. I started motorcycling after a tour in Vietnam with a CB350 Honda and even worked in a Honda dealership for awhile.


paul
12/23/2013 5:38:32 AM

I share your love for this unique bike. I ride my '64 CA77 "Dream" daily here in Sasebo Japan. I found mine in Coon Rapids Minnesota about 12 years ago. It didn't need much work. It had been stored for 35 years so the previous owner would not guarantee it would start and only wanted $400 for it. I brought it home, put gas in the empty tank, hooked up a battery hit the electric starter and it started immediately. I rode it down the road with a big grin on my face. When I got over here to Japan I noticed that all of these old Dreams have been junked. They were once the most common bike on the road but now they don't exist. I brought mine over and have been amazed at the attention it gets. Over the years I have done the garage resto like you and feel real good about the fact that I did it all. I like the way your seat turned out. Mine doesn't have that little flip up at the back. I found the rectangular mirrors here with the 8mm threads so they fit the lever brackets. We could talk about a lot of things. Please contact me at paul.petersen@agmd.org. I'll show you pictures of us in Japan.






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