1976 Honda CR125
Lot 353
1976 Honda CR125M Elsinore
US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£2,400 - 3,600
Lot Details
1976 Honda CR125M Elsinore
By the early 1970s, Honda had separated itself from its Japanese competitors and become the world's largest motorcycle company on the strength of its four-stroke engine designs. Yet Honda wanted to be a player in the booming U.S. motocross market, and at the time that meant two-stroke power. The blockbuster 1973 CR250 Elsinore was the result, used by team rider Gary Jones to take the AMA 250 national championship. It was followed a year later by the CR125, on which a young Marty Smith added another title to Honda's growing tally of off-road accomplishments. Showroom sales exploded.

The pace of development in motocross was brutally quick, though, and within two years the CR125's 4 inches or rear suspension travel was looking pretty skimpy. A redesigned chassis with moved-up shocks gave a competitive 7 inches of travel and the CR125 was back in the hunt. A coat of bright Honda Red paint on virtually everything except the motor announced the changes.

This 1976 Elsinore is unrestored and in lightly used shape, a rare find. It even retains its original low-mounted expansion chamber, almost unheard of as these were easily damaged in use. Likewise, the aluminum gas tank is amazingly undented and still has both its warning stickers affixed. A competition-only model, the bike is sold on a bill of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this motorcycle is offered on a Bill of Sale. please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are CR125M-3006862 and CR125ME3006891 respectively.
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