c.2000 Honda CB50 Dream Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. AR02 1000666
Engine no. 1000674
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.
Presented in effectively 'as new' condition, this unused CB50 was still in the manufacturer's crate when purchased by the current vendor. Removed from the crate for inspection, it has remained unused in air-conditioned accommodation since then and is presented in commensurately good condition. There are no documents with this Lot.