Honda C 72 Dream


Make Model

Honda C 72 Dream




Air cooled, four stroke, twin cylinder SOHC


Bore x Stroke 54 x 54 mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1


Ignition  /  Starting

6 Volt  Magnetic flywheel /  KICK
Clutch Wet multi-plates

Max Power

14.6 kW 20 hp @ 8000 rpm
Max Torque 18.3 NM @ 5700 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

4 Speed  /  chain

Front Suspension

Hydra lick forks

Rear Suspension

Dual chocks

Front Brakes


Rear Brakes


Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Dry Weight

169 Kg

Fuel Capacity 

11.8 Litres

A CB72 Dream from 1960. Soichiro Honda had originally hoped to race tuned versions of his production road bikes at the TT, but when he visited the Isle of Man he soon realized they would be hopelessly underpowered compared with the purposebuilt European racing motorcycles.

The 250 cc (15 cu in) Honda C71 and C72 Dream, and the identical C76 and C77 bikes with 305 cc (18.6 cu in) displacement, were the first larger-capacity motorcycles that Honda mass-exported. They were characterised by a pressed steel frame and alloy overhead cam twin cylinder engines, and were very well equipped, with 12v electrics, electric starter, indicators, dual seats and other advanced features, not common to most motorcycles of the period.