Restoration - Tips/Guide, Projects & Services
We offer restoration services for pre-1980 Honda motorcycles. We focus on restoring classic Honda's to as close as possible original factory specification and finish. Email us with details of your requirements at Contact Us and we will provide quotation and timings. Please provide a few photos as a guide.
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The following are some of our past and current restoration projects...
Honda CBX, 1979
April 2015 - This stunning Honda Six was a joy to work on and bring back to 98% of its original specification! This CBX was purchased at one of Bonhams annual Auctions in early 2014 and we were commissioned to remove all aftermarket parts (swingarm, exhaust, seat, etc) and return the bike to as close to its original specification plus a good spit & polish! These two photos show the finished product.
Honda CB92 Benly Super Sport, 1962
December 2015 - This rare iconic 125cc twin was found in a Surrey barn during 2013. We have undertaken a full nut & bolt restoration on behalf of David Silver Spares and the finished bike is now on display in their new Honda museum! These photos show how the CB92 arrived with us and how the project progressed.
Honda CB750-K3, 1973
March 2016 - Having been under a canvas cover in a front garden of a North London home for over 8 years this K3 example has come to us for part restoration and re-commissioning on behalf of its owner who is keen to re-commence its use for daily London commuting. From what started as basic cosmetic improvements we went further in the interests of maintaining one of these iconic models in fine presentation. The 750 is now back in daily use and below are photos of the before and after.
Honda CBX-Z, 1979
March 2016 - A very tired and somewhat neglected and poorly serviced six-cylinder CBX, with extensive aftermarket parts, has come to us for a full restoration and return to factory specification and finish for its owner. All the aftermarket parts have since been removed and sold raising funds towards the restoration work. The project is in progress with the tank and panels having been fully restored by Dream Machine and the chassis and related components being returned to its former black finish.
November 2017 - After some time! This CBX is finally back to its original specification. It was a challenging task as many original parts had to be sourced in best possible condition and the engine had suffered from a tough life suffering from eight different oil leaks with the crankcases needing some specialist alloy repair. Having managed to find an original Sankei exhaust system the next test was to get its rust holes repaired then the entire system re-chromed. The result, road-tested, given a new MOT, and now standing proud in its beautiful original candy glory red colour scheme.
Honda C50LA Engine, 1982
November 2015 - This engine was delivered to us in poor condition and has undergone a full restoration/rebuild as a spare for its owner's daily commuter!
Honda CB500-K1 Four, 1972
2017/2018 - We have restored one of these all-time greats for its proud owner. A fine example of quality early 1970s Honda engineering. A 90% restoration with frame & black cycle parts completely cleaned and repainted, tank and panels repainted by Dream Machine, engine dismantled to bottom-end level, checked, cleaned, painted and rebuilt with new components, carburettors fully overhauled, wheels restored and a previously fitted rear disc brake conversion removed and returned to original drum-brake specification. Below images show the before and after.
Honda CB400F Four, 1970s x 2!
June 2017 - We have been commissioned by a local client to build two of the iconic 1970s CB400F's from used and new parts. One in the original Light Ruby Red and one in the original Varnish Blue. From our extensive stock of used parts, these two bikes will be built to as close to original factory specification as possible. The Red one has now been completed, on with the Blue one...
Honda Benly JC-57, 1957
September 2017 - Just arrived is this very rare late 1950s JC57 Benly. We have taken on the challenge to fully restore this interesting model during 2018/19 on behalf of David Silver for his collection. This bike was recently found in the USA and as the JC57 was only originally sold in Japan (with some possibly exported at the time to neighbouring Islands) it is believed a serving in Japan, in the late 50s, American GI purchased the bike for local use then took it back to the USA!
Now complete and finished...
Honda CB400F2, 1997
August 2018 - A Honda enthusiast from Birmingham asked us to fully restore his 1977 CB400F2 he has owned from new. Fitted with aftermarket engine bars and rear carrier but otherwise standard and original, this CB400F2 was fully dismantled to its last nut and bolt and carefully restored to its original specification. Now completed and returned to its owner. These photos show the CB400F2 before and after...
Honda CB750P Police, 1970
February 2019 - One of 6 Honda Police bikes we are restoring for The David Silver Honda Collection museum. This early 1970 CB750-K0 based Police model came to us in many boxes of dismantled parts! Now completed back to its former glory and on display within the museum.
Honda CZ100 Monkey, 1964
September 2018 - A model we have been looking forward to restoring has now arrived in our workshop. Delivered mainly dismantled, the frame and other red parts are currently with our painters and chrome parts etc. with our platers. Meanwhile, we have started on the engine unit and the search for missing parts!
April 2019 - All finished!
Honda CB650P Police, 1980
October 2019, over the past few years we have been commissioned by The David Silver Honda Collection museum to restore/rebuild 6 different Honda Police models from the 1970s/80s. Here are the before and after photos of the last one now completed. All 6 bikes are now on display in the museum.
Honda CBX, 1979 (DOHC, 24-Valve, 6-Cylinder, 1047cc)
January 2019 - A customer from Scotland asked us to restore his CBX. Owned from new this original UK example had covered over 50,000 miles including a journey around Australia! Although in above average condition we completed a full nut/bolt restoration during 2019, including a full engine re-build. These images show the before and after.
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