1972 Honda CB175
Registration no. SCK 225K
Frame no. 7022496
Engine no. 7022457
Introduced in 1968, two years after the CD175 touring version, the Honda CB175 sports roadster superseded the old CB160 and came with a tubular spine frame, twin carburettors and a five-speed gearbox. Back in 1973 Bike magazine found theirs surprisingly capable for a lightweight: 'For tooling around town, the Honda's ideal transport; beats Minis away from the lights, easy to throw around in traffic and belts along open stretches with quite surprising speed. Outside the 30mph limit it cruises at a good 65, handles well and sometimes makes you wonder whether it's really worth having anything bigger after all.' Physically smaller and much lighter than Honda's contemporary 250, it must have seemed the ideal mount for lady riders and gents small in stature.
Owned by the current vendor since June 2009, this example has been restored to a high standard over a two-year period using many new-old-stock parts to maintain originality, and in 2010 won the 'Best in Show, Lightweight Class' award at the VJMC's Nabbs Head event. Sold to make way for a new project, the machine is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C