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1953~55: THE 'BENLY'S': Meaning 'convenient' in Japanese the Benly line included motorcycles offering a somewhat strange mix of suspension types, the earlier Benly J offered telescopic front forks and a rear suspension of the see-saw type whereas the Benly JC56 incorporated earles fork front suspension with conventional rear dampers and swing arm.

The Benly J was a single cylinder engine displacing 89cc and it produced 3.7PS at 6,000rpm. The Benly JC56 was a single cylinder engine displacing 125cc and it produced 6.9PS at 6,500rpm.

1953: HONDA BENLY J

1955: HONDA BENLY JC56

1958: THE 'C100' SUPER CUB: The beginning of a revolution in step thru motorcycles the Super Cub incorporated a pressed steel and pipe frame. The single cylinder engine displaced 49cc and produced 4.5PS at 9,500rpm. A centrifugal clutch and three speed transmission offered ease of use.

THE SUPER CUB IS DISPLAYED IN THE HONDA HALL MAIN ENTRY ADJACENT AN S600 SPORTS CAR

1958: THE 'CS71' BENLY: Honda's first 'sports motorcycle' based on the electric start equipped C71. Honda claimed the 'upswept exhausts' emphasised speed. The two cylinder engine displaced 247cc with an OHC head and produced 19.7PS at 8,500rpm.

RED SEAT, MASSIVE FRONT MUDGUARD

HEAL AND TOE = SPORTS MOTORCYCLE!

1959: THE 'CB92' BENLY SUPER SPORTS: The first Honda sports motorcycle to bear the 'CB' tag. The C92 derivative was a high performance version used in club racing. The two cylinder engine displaced 124.6cc with an OHC head and produced 15PS at 10,500rpm.

A PRESSED STEAL FRAME AND A VERY ANGULAR LOOK, HOWEVER IT ALLOWED THE RIDER TO TUCK INTO A RACING CROUCH

1960: THE 'C110' SPORTS CUB: Using knowledge gained from their Grand Prix racing machinery, Honda revised their design of intake and exhaust systems giving the C110 a higher power output. The single cylinder engine displaced 49cc with an OHV head and produced 5PS at 9,500rpm.

PRESSED STEEL FRAME

CARBIE DISTANCE FROM INTAKE!

UPSWEPT 'SPORTS' MUFFLER

1964: THE 'CB125' BENLY: The CB125 incorporated a steel tube frame and technology taken from Honda's Grand Prix racing machinery. The two cylinder engine displaced 124.6cc with an OHC head and produced 15PS at 10,500rpm.

THE BASIC DESIGN OF THE CB125 CONTINUED WITH DERIVATIVES INCLUDING THE CB175 AND CL175

1965: THE 'CB450' HONDA DREAM: The CB450 was Japan's and Honda's first DOHC production motorcycle. Other unique features included torsion bar valve springs and twin CV type carburettors. Honda claimed this '450' had the performance of a '650', a direct reference to UK Triumphs, BSA's etc. of the time. The two cylinder engine displaced 444cc with a DOHC head and produced 43PS at 8,500rpm.

HONDA'S 'BIG CAPACITY' MOTORCYCLE, FOR A FEW YEARS!

DOHC HEAD WITH TORSION BAR VALVE SPRINGS & CV CARBS

1966~1969: THE 'P25' AND 'PC50' BIKES: The 'P25' was designed specifically for women, it incorporated hand operated brakes and a 'pedal start' engine which was built into the rear wheel, the engine was a single OHC type producing 1.2PS at 4,200rpm.

The 'PC50' borrowed it's simple appearance and operation from the 'P25', it incorporated a stepless transmission. The single cylinder engine displaced 49cc with an OHV head and produced 1.8PS at 5,700rpm.

1966: P25

1969: PC50, PEDALS INTEGRATED WITH THE ENGINE

1967: THE 'Z50M' MONKEY BIKE: The Z50M was designed to fit in a car boot, hence the folding handlebars and seat. The single cylinder engine displaced 49cc with an OHC head and produced 2.5PS at 6,000rpm.

TARTAN SEAT AND UPSWEPT EXHAUST

GORILLAS, MONKEYS AND THE DAX!

HONDA'S PRODUCTION BIKES: For more of my coverage of Honda's Production Bikes please select from the following pages, note that Page 3 is devoted exclusively to the magnificent CB750/4 of 1969:

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Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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