It may seem strange today, but once upon a time motorcycles of 50cc-200cc were immensely popular for commuting and errand running. This well preserved 1971 Honda Super Sport CB100 was rated at a bit more than 11 horsepower when new, and could do 55 mph on a good day if the wind was at your back.
Honda introduced the new upright OHC single, in sizes from 100cc to 175cc, as a replacement for the original laydown 50-110cc single. The new bikes featuring these motors used more conventional frames and looked more like real motorcycles than their predecessor, the Honda S90 and the like. These small street bikes did not see much market success in the United States, but the motor proved reliable and flexible in off-road and dual sport bikes like the XL125.
Read more on the Honda Super Sport CB100 on CYCLECHAOS.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
If you have a classic small bore Honda OHC single, be it a Super Sport CB100, Xl125 dual sport, or TL125 trial bike, you can find all the repair info in the 1969-82 Honda 100-350cc OHC Singles manual or the Vintage Collection Series Four-Stroke Motorcycles manual.