1999 Honda Dream 50 (T717 RYC)
Lot 360
One owner, 171 kilometeres from new,1999 Honda CB50V Dream Frame no. AC15-1005161 Engine no. AC15E-1005149
Sold for £4,025 (US$ 6,761) inc. premium
Lot Details
One owner, 171 kilometeres from new
1999 Honda CB50V Dream
Registration no. T717 RYC
Frame no. AC15-1005161
Engine no. AC15E-1005149
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.

This example was purchased new in 1999 by its late owner as a 60th birthday present to himself. 'T717 RYC' was supplied by Riders (Yeovil) Ltd and comes with the original purchase invoice and plastic wallet containing owner's manual, service and warranty books, etc, though it should be noted that they are in Japanese. Other documentation consists of SORN paperwork, a quantity of expired tax discs/MoTs (most recent expired 2007) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C. Former Honda Grand Prix star Tommy Robb has signed the machine's seat and also the spare seat that comes with it. The Dream currently displays a total of 171 kilometres on the odometer (approximately 106 miles) some of which were 'clocked up' on the Isle of Man TT Lap of Honour in 2003. No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the mileage on this machine CANNNOT BE WARRANTED. The machine has had one owner from new (original purchase receipt on file) however there is a discrepancy between the MOT's of c.50 km. The machine is otherwise as catalogued. The MOT test certificates for the motorcycle read: 1999-2002 Exempt from MOT (new vehicles exempt from MOT for the first three years) 2002 Recorded Mileage 0160 2003 recorded Mileage 0169 2004 Recorded Mileage 179 2005 recorded Mileage 191 2006 Recorded Mileage 171
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