1963 Honda 125cc CR93 Racing Motorcycle
Lot 541
1963 Honda 125cc CR93 Racing Motorcycle
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 44,965) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 Honda 125cc CR93 Racing Motorcycle 1963 Honda 125cc CR93 Racing Motorcycle
1963 Honda 125cc CR93 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. CR93 0087
Engine no. CR93E 3100139
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.

The private vendor advises us that this example was bought out of a private collection in 1997 and subsequently rebuilt by recognised specialist Roger Titchmarsh. On disassembly, the engine was found to be in very good condition, merely requiring new piston rings, valves, valve caps and collets. The valve pushers were re-faced and ground, new ignition points fitted, new carburettor floats used and the rev counter cable replaced. The chassis was checked over and cleaned before re-installing the engine, no further work being required as it was in such good condition. Since completion the machine has seen very little use, and has only been ridden by ex-Honda works stars Tommy Robb and Ralph Bryans, and by the vendor.
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