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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

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I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.


VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America


VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.


3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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I appreciate connecting with other vintage Honda enthusiasts, anywhere in the world.

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Roy03/25/17101010Thanks never would have found it
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Recent Answers from Bill Silver

2017-03-24 1967, 305 honda dream:  US and Asian sellers    There is no central "Honda Dream" website that stocks all parts. The

2017-03-06 63 CA77 Rear wheel bearings:

Chris, getting bearings out of the hubs is a little bit tricky and you may or may not damage them in the process....     see..

2017-03-05 2nd gear CB77:

Colin, your bike is one of the last ones built...  56432 was the end model made.     When these transmissions fail to stay in gear, it usually due to insufficient gear dog engagement overlap.    The problem

2017-02-10 1964 Honda 250 Dream:

Doug, this might be easy... or hard, depending upon the key number. The switch has a number stamped on the edge of the switch face where the key goes in. If the key is a T series number (TXXXX) then it

2017-01-13 Honda Dream VIN de-Coding:

Ed, Honda did an odd thing in 1964. They have two sets of serial numbers denoting that one specific year.  There are CA77(78 for "late" style models) 4xxxxx numbers and yours which is the 6 digit number


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