Sold in aid of The Royal Children's Hospital, Manchester
2002 Honda CB50V Dream
Registration no. LG51 EOC
Frame no. 1007230
Engine no. AC15E-1007235
A miniature masterpiece, the CB50 Dream was conceived to commemorate Honda's early racing history in the 'tiddler' class. The Japanese company had already proved itself equal to the European opposition, winning the 250cc and 125cc World Championships in 1961, before introducing its first works offering in the 50cc category in 1962. That was the RC110 which, although outclassed at Grand Prix level by Suzuki's rival two-stroke, provided the basis for a hugely successful over-the-counter racer for privateers the CR110. Introduced part way through the 1962 season, the single-cylinder CR110 featured gear-driven twin overhead camshafts and four tiny valves, producing its maximum power output of 8.5bhp at 13,500rpm, while there were eight speeds in the gearbox. Introduced in 1997, its modern equivalent - the CB50 Dream - produces 7.0bhp at 13,500rpm with maximum revs a further 1,000 up the scale, despite using chain drive for the cams. The gearbox is a six-speeder and the Dream weighs in at an anorexic 157lbs dry. Immensely popular in Japan, the Dream 50 has been produced in various versions over the years, spawning an entire cottage industry of accessory and component suppliers. Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), which builds the CB50 Dream, lists a host of performance enhancing improvements for the model.
First registered on 1st February 2002, this CB50V has been owned from new by Richard O'Brien, writer of the cult musical 'The Rocky Horror Show' and presenter of television's 'The Crystal Maze'. Last taxed to 30th April 2010, the machine displays a total of 7,531 kilometres (approximately 4,680 miles) on the odometer and is described as in generally excellent condition. It is offered with MoT to April 2011, current SORN, Swansea V5C and Japanese-language owner's manual/parts book signed by Richard O'Brien. The sale of the Honda will be filmed for inclusion in BBC Television's 'Cash in the Attic' and all proceeds will be donated to The Royal Children's Hospital, Manchester.