Kevin Forth's 1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150 Restoration

| 10/16/2012 12:08:53 PM

Tags: from the owner, honda, restorations,

On September 30, 2011, I fell in love with a really rough 1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150. It looked as if it had been abandoned outdoors, and the mouse nest protruding from the stamped frame caused the bike to smell like an outhouse. The vintage Honda hadn't run since 1983, but it was perfect. It's no fun restoring something that runs already. 

1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150 

Like other Honda bikes of the early-to-mid 1960s, the American export CA95 lacked the turn signals of its general export C95 sister. I set out to correct this omission, adding the C95 turn signals, wiring harness, and right-hand turn signal switch to the parts list. I disassembled the motorcycle in October 2011, realizing that mice had destroyed the original wiring harness and part of the air cleaner. 

1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150 Restoration 

The rear sprocket was worn nearly toothless. Fortunately a replacement was readily available. The original rims and front fender were too damaged or rusted to re-use, so replacements were ordered. The speedometer was disassembled for cleaning and lubrication, a process that involves unbending the bezel crimp and stabbing yourself in the thumb repeatedly with whatever tool was improvised for the purpose. The hardened grease was cleaned from the speedometer and it was relubricated and reassembled.

1965 Honda CA95 Benly Touring 150 Restoration 

2/21/2018 8:40:11 PM

Nice Job! I have a 1959 that I want to restore. Can you recommend any material or sites which would be of help. Were did you get your rims?

2/21/2018 8:40:10 PM

Nice job! I have a 1959 which I hope to restore. Where did you get your new rims from? Did you find any good material to help with the restoration or sites? Stephen Reave

doug johnson
2/19/2018 7:48:44 PM

very interesting story so far I was lucky enough to buy 2 61-62 Benlys 150cc from a fellow in Edmonton Ab. that never got around to restoring them. YOUR ARTICLE HAS GIVEN ME ENCOURAGEMENT TO START THIS project after I complete a 1974 ct70 Good luck! from Doug Johnson up in the Great White North.

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