1989 Honda GB500
Frame no. JH2PC1603KK001368
In its formative years as a motorcycle manufacturer Honda had always preferred twin-cylinder (and later multi-cylinder) engines for capacities above 250cc, single-cylinder engines being the norm for road models with a capacity of 125cc or less. With the increasing importance of the North American off-road market - where the single-cylinder engine reigned supreme - Honda and its Japanese rivals began to manufacture singles in capacities of 500cc and upwards, a state of affairs that led to the development of a succession of purely road-going derivatives. One of the most interesting of these was the XBR500 of 1985, the styling of which was unashamedly retro, and Honda took this concept a stage further almost immediately, launching the GB500 TT the following year. A factory café racer, the GB500 looked very British, boasting coachlined paintwork, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footrests, chromed headlamp shell, matching speedometer and rev counter, and alloy-rimmed, wire-spoked wheels. The dry-sumped, radial four-valve motor featured electric starting and delivered its 42hp via a 6-speed gearbox, while the entire ensemble weighed in at a little under 340lb. "It blends a touch of the past with the best of today's technology," declared Honda of a model that struck a chord with mature riders who hankered after the past but disliked the associated oil leaks, dodgy electrics and general unreliability. GB500s were only imported in to the US for two years, 1989 and 1990, but sold slowly at first yet by the time the new inventory was finally sold, it had reached cult status.
The example being offered maybe unique: A new, dark green (most were black), still-in-the-crate, machine with under a mile on the odometer. Sold originally by Pete's Cycle Company of Baltimore, Maryland dated January 29, 1992 to a James Casciero of York, Pennsylvania, it somehow never left the crate. Should the buyer wish to remove the time warp machine from the crate he or she should be ready to fully re-commission it.
- Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is PC16E2001717 and its title is in transit.