Imported Benly – 1956 Honda JC56 125cc

In Japan, Standard by Joe2 Comments

The 250cc Honda Benly was one of the three initial U.S. offerings by Honda and helped establish the company’s toehold in this country. But back home smaller displacement tiddlers were the manufacturer’s bread-and-butter, meaning basic, reliable, utilitarian transport. But that didn’t mean they couldn’t be without style, and the Benly line were among the best-looking.

Honda JC56 Benly - Tank

This JC56 125cc Benly was a domestic-market model, recently imported. The seller offers lots of details and photos, suggesting that this particular bike is most likely an older restoration which will need some work to be at its best. I think this model has a very interesting amalgam of mechanics and cosmetics — note the Earles-type fork, chromed fuel tank panels, reverse control levers, stylish saddle and Honda’s ubiquitous pressed-steel frame incorporating the entire rear fender. Some bidders must agree; bidding is up to $6600 with the reserve still in place. Find this rare Benly in Bakersfield, CA