These days it’s easy to see the Honda corporation as just one of the world’s largest motoring manufacturers, but it wasn’t so long ago that it was battling to make a name for itself and compete against the big European marques makers. Honda did this with a combination of hard work and innovation – and innovation was what drove this bike’s design.
Everyone is familiar with the Cub, the bike that changed the world, but the Benly is just as important to the history of Honda as that iconic scooter. The first Benlys rolled off the production line in 1953, just three months after the development of the prototype. Right from the start, innovation was at the heart of the Benly series of bikes. It used telescopic front forks, a curved backbone frame and mounted the engine onto the swingarm to reduce vibration thereby improving comfort.
In comparison to the Cub, there are two fundamental differences. The first is riding position. The Cub is a step-through whereas the CD90 Benly rides like a “normal” motorcycle. The second is the gears. Cubs have semi-automatic gears whereas the Benly has regular, clutched gears.
Over the years there have been a number of Benly bikes produced and we are delighted to be able to introduce you to our all original 51-year old CD90. It has the lipped fenders, chrome sided tank with knee pads, chrome at the base of the seat, ignition below the tank and classic monaka (pinched ended) exhaust.
There are indications of age throughout the bike but for a totally original, unrestored, 51-year-old motorcycle the condition is very good. Rub your hand under the rear fender and there is just a very small amount of rust.
A special bike for a collector of classics.
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