1959 – HONDA CB92 – 125
Honda introduced its first parallel twin – the 250cc C70 – in 1957. Although the crankshaft was of the 360 degree type, the Honda differed from the traditional British twin by virtue of its unitary construction, horizzontally split crankase and chain-driven overhead camshaft. These latter features, together with the pressed steel spine frame and leading-link front fork, influenced by the contemporary NSU Max, would remain common to Honda twins for many years. The first 125cc twins, the C90 Tourer and C90 Sports, appeared in 1958 and were swiftly superseded by the C92 and CB92 respectively.
With its aggressive styling, class-leading secification, phenomenal 15bhp power output (at 10.500 revs!), huge (for a 125cc) brakes and 250cc-beating performance, the CB92 proved an outstanding success and today is one of the most desirable of early Japanese classics. The displayed bike has been restored in 1998 by Nigel Everett, ex Grand Prix mechanic and now top classic motorcycle restorer.
Design: Reparto Stile Honda
Provenience: CMM Collezione Motociclistica Milanese