"It was robustly reliable, steered and handled to perfection, was, if anything, over-braked, and would exceed 100mph. At a stroke it made all other 125cc machinery in Britain obsolete. The CR93 was not cheap but it was, quite simply, built to exactly the same high standard as Honda's own racing machinery." - Brian Woolley, Classic Racer magazine.
Just one year after its breakthrough first success at World Championship level in 1961, Honda made its state-of-the-art Grand Prix technology available to privateers in the form of the 50cc CR110 and 125cc CR93 over-the-counter racers. Like their works equivalents, the 50cc single and 125cc twin employed gear-driven double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, this combination of tiny cylinders and minuscule valves enabling them to rev safely well into five figures, the CR93's ceiling being a then stratospheric 13,000rpm with maximum power of 16.5bhp arriving at 11,500 revs. Both models employed a tubular-steel frame, devoid of lower rails, to which was attached a conventional set of cycle parts, and while the '50' boasted no fewer than eight gears in the 'box, the more tractable '125' made do with six. The duo immediately achieved a dominance of their respective classes that would last for many years, and countless stars of the future, including Bill Ivy, Jim Curry, Rod Scivyer and sidecar champion Chris Vincent, gained their early experience aboard the diminutive CRs. Just 40-or-so CR93s were imported into the UK, and today they are highly sought after by classic racers and collectors alike.
This CR93 was supplied new to Honda dealer E A (Eddy) Grimstead Ltd of London E14 and ridden for them by a Mr Whitchurch. The present (second) owner part-exchanged a Norton 650SS for the by then crash-damaged Honda in August 1965. Necessary repairs were made and replacement parts fitted to make the machine race ready - but not cosmetically perfect, as its new owner could not afford the expense of the latter. The vendor, most of whose racing was done on a Norton Dominator twin, recalls that he rode the CR93, "more for pleasure than anything else, being fascinated by the handling, the rpm and, above all, THE NOISE!"
The machine is presented as it was when last raced in 1978, since when it has been sympathetically stored in the vendor's house. Presented in highly original condition (the dents in the fuel tank are those inflicted by the bike's first rider!) it is offered with a substantial quantity of spares including a cylinder block, two crankshafts (one complete, the other dismantled), gearbox selector fork, pair of fork sliders, one exhaust pipe and megaphone, assorted sprockets, ignition points assembly (unused), pair of footrests and an original left-side gearchange. Also included in the sale is a parts list and an extremely useful (and very rare) English-language Honda Workshop Manual (photocopy) as well as the vendor's 1965 bill of sale from Eddy Grimstead.