Unused since full restoration
1966 Honda 247cc CL72 Street Scrambler
Frame no. CL72-1100483
Engine no. CL72E-1100518
Introduced in 1960, the CB72 retained the basic layout of the preceding C70 and C71 but with wet sump lubrication and a gearbox-mounted clutch. In addition, the sporting CB changed to a 180-degree crankshaft and twin carburettors, and used a tubular spine frame instead of the pressed-steel chassis of the tourers. With a maximum power output of 24bhp at 9,000rpm and weighing just 340lbs, the CB72 possessed an excellent power-to-weight ratio endowing it with performance challenging that of many British 500s. The CB's specification: overhead-camshaft engine, electric starter, rev counter, and twin-leading-shoe brakes, was unmatched by any of its rivals. In 1962 it was joined by a CL72 'street scrambler' variant, aimed at the North American market, which boasted an upswept exhaust system, sump 'bash' plate, wider handlebars and serrated footrests among other off-road adaptations, though the fitting of a telescopic steering damper was an unusual departure for such a model. This fully restored example of what is now one of the most desirable of early Japanese classics has been on display in the vendor's offices for the last ten years. The machine displays a total of only 4,625 miles on the odometer. There are no documents with this Lot.