No Reserve – 1963 Honda CR93 Benly Tribute

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Post Sale Update: This Honda sold for $8,200 after 26 bids on Bring a Trailer.


This is a “tribute” to Honda’s CR93 racers that started as a ’63 Honda CB160. Built in Northern Ireland, it’s now offered in New Jersey on a bill of sale.

The CR93 is a bike worth replicating, as it was originally offered in 1962 and 1963 as a production racer that was available to the public. The 125cc motor could rev to 12,500 rpm and it put out between 18-23 horsepower in race spec. The streamlined bodywork and light weight meant the CR93 could do the ton. Just 140 examples were built, and 20-30 street legal bikes were created as well. For more on what made the CR93 special, check out this story on Motorcycle Classics where an owner says that the “CR93 makes the most rewarding sound I have ever heard…it has a slightly hostile tone to it that you just would never expect from a 125cc machine.” Realistically, the original bike only made power above 8,000 rpm and would require plenty of clutch slip to get moving. For something that you’d want to enjoy on the street, the builder of this bike may have the right idea.

Highlights of the work include a CB175 head, Megacycle cam, 24mm Keihin carbs, lightened crank, an additional gear in the transmission (now up to 5), Tarozzi rearsets, Ikon shocks, aluminum wheels, Supertrapp baffles on a custom exhaust, and custom aluminum tank. The rest of the bodywork is fiberglass and was supposedly created with a mold built from an original CR93. Sadly, this bike has not been tracked since it was built. I adore this bike – the only thing I’d change is the modern Autometer tach, which should be replaced with a classic Scitsu or similar.

Find this replica Honda racer for sale in Peapack, New Jersey with bidding up to $3,000 here on Bring a Trailer.

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