This lovely Honda Dream is a survivor of one of the most rideable bikes of the 1960s with the added charm of bell-fendered styling. The twin-cylinder C-series Dreams were a result of Honda’s European scouting expedition when Honda was welcomed into the design and racing departments of the most important European factories. NSU dominated 125cc and 250cc Grand Prix racing that year with its amazing Rennmax racers, the most advanced machines on the Grand Prix circuit that typically won every race in the 250cc class. Honda clearly based the architecture of the twin-cylinder Dream 250cc C70 of 1956 on the NSU engine, with its chain-driven single overhead camshaft and unit-construction engine, which was suspended from a pressed-steel chassis featuring leading-link forks. There were enough differences that NSU couldn’t sue Honda for copyright infringement, but the company must have felt something the first time it saw a copy of its factory racer on the street, and with an electric starter to boot. The first C-series engines used a dry-sump motor with a separate oil tank, but the engine was redesigned in 1959 to include a wet sump in the crankcases, and the chassis was modernized slightly, although the angular styling of the pressed-steel fenders and gas tank were retained as well as the fully enclosed chain. The 1960-67 CA72/77 were iconic Hondas, although they were considered small touring machines, not sports bikes. This particular CA77 305 Dream is an example of an unrestored survivor CA77 and one of the most recognizable and iconic early Honda models of all.
The 64 CA77 on offer is located in North Saanich on Vancouver Island. Recent tune-up and is running and riding correctly. Some of the paint is faded in places. Needs a new rear tire, last on the road in 2015 with 10,440 miles. No signals on this bike as it was originally a US model that did not require signals. It is Titled in the seller’s name in BC.