Pictured here is a 1964 Honda C100 49cc.
These were the first of the "step through" bikes from Honda and the bike which is acknowledged by many as
being the most significant bike in the history of Honda. This example is owned by Neil Kidby. The bike
was bought in a very poor condition in 2007, having suffered from severe frame corrosion and a fire it was
not looking viable.
The bike is somewhat unusual because its
history from new is virtually complete, even all the mot certificates and tax discs have been retained, for
this reason and its local connection to the current owner, the decicion was taken to resore it. It was
supplied by Davey Brothers motorcycles in Ipswich and spent its entire life in the area, one owner had 30
years service out of it and covered well over 40,000 miles with it, this included several long trips
including his honeymoon to Eastbourne.
Huge amounts of parts were sourced, mostly
from Thailand and from within the VJMC for the project, all of the restoration work being undertaken by Neil
over a period of fourteen weeks. Top speed is about 40mph and it returns around 180 mpg. The bike was
featured in the December 2009 edition of Classic and Motorcycle Mechanics Magazine as a readers
The picture above shows the bike as
The picture below
left gives some idea of the extent of the corrosion found to the frame, pictured below right the same area