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607-Mile Garage Find: 1976 Honda CB200T

Even though I live where it snows four months a year, motorcycle season is never over for me. I think about them year-round, tinker with them, and ride them when the ground is dry, even in the winter. The seller says that they bought this 1976 Honda CB200T from a widow whose husband bought it new. It’s now listed here on eBay in Bethel, Minnesota with a current bid of $1,950.

Bethel, Minnesota is only a half-hour from me, scary. I just sold two motorcycles so I have room but I can not buy this one or any others! Howard, Pat, Mike, someone, stop me! I learned how to ride on a 1967 Yamaha YL-1 Twin Jet 100-cc twin-cylinder street bike so I’ve always had a thing for small displacement street bikes, especially two-cylinder models.

The most unique design feature of the CB200 was the segmented rubber/plastic black gas tank topper, which the seller doesn’t show a photo of for some reason. They do, however, show many great photos so I can’t fault them for the quality or quantity of photos. This bike looks incredible in the photos overall but there are a few small nicks and the seller mentions an aftermarket starter button, the left side exhaust pipe has a rust hole, and the aforementioned scratches.

The CB200 was made from 1973 to 1976 alongside the CL200, more of a scrambler-type of bike with raised exhaust pipes. They say that there is a sissy bar that was on the bike and comes with the sale. The original owner used to ride around with his wife or one of their kids on the back. 607 miles is just ridiculous, this is one desirable motorcycle and I would have expected the bid price to be much higher than it is now. Hagerty is at $2,900 for a #3 good condition CB200T.

The engine is Honda’s 198-cc SOHC two-cylinder which had 17 horsepower when new. As I mentioned, the original electric starter button doesn’t work but an installed aftermarket one does, as does the kick starter, and this Honda is said to start, run, and stop fine with all lights and the horn functioning correctly. This one is very tempting, have any of you owned a CB200?

Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Minimal participation, but will make an exception for SG. I know, I said a “cold day in Hades”, or, more accurately, when the Packers win the Super Bowl( GO PACK), hopefully the vultures, you know who you are, will leave me alone for a spell,,, I took my cycle road test on this very bike, well, obviously, not THIS particular bike, but in the late ’70’s, Wis. had 2 classes of cycle tests. 0-175cc, and 175cc and up. So in other words, you could take your road test on a 180cc something, and ride home on your ElectraGlide, or in my case, my ’75 GoldWing. Nice, hey? Clearly a loophole there. I hung out with a guy, his wife had a 200 like this. Passed no problem, ( I had been riding cycles since I was 10, and the examiner knew it) I don’t recall much about the bike itself, typical though, bullet proof, almost never needed gas, little shy on power for me, but hey, it worked.
    In a small sidebar, in the late ’70s,, the trucking company I worked for, wanted me to get a chauffeurs license( pre-CDL). I went to the DMV, took a small written test, the examiner said, “have you had a road test of any kind in the last 2 years”? I said, “well, I took my cycle test last year”,.He said,”good enough, $8 bucks”. We’ve come a long ways in that regard.
    In a SIDE side bar, I apologize to Barn Finds staff for my poor demeanor, some of you can still cram it with walnuts, but some folks think my “stories” are entertaining, whether you like me or not, it’s pretty clear, I’ve been around, and most all of it involved something with a motor. This isn’t about me, but a thank you to the writers on presenting this stuff. I’m 10-7 ,on the side( going for #6,)

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  2. Harvey Member

    I had one of these a few years ago and it was a fun project.Disc brake is cable operated mechanical.Traded it off to my friend Al for a 84 200m ATC.

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  3. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    I don’t know Scotty, she looks pretty good! And you do have room.

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    • Howard A Member

      Mike, don’t encourage him,,he is very weak in that regard. :)

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        Dang you, guys, I’m going to see it now, wish me luck! Bad luck, as I don’t need another one!

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        You know me too well, Howard. I got it.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Great work Scotty! Very nice bike! Enjoy!

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        Thanks, Mike! The bike looked great in person and ran like a top, and the seller was one of the nicest guys ever and was someone I knew I could trust.

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  4. Derek

    I never got as far as the 200s; CD175s were my default bike. I used to build cafe racers out of them, too.

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  5. mikeh

    My wife decided to get a small cycle to ride around town, so she took the lessons and bought a new 2009 Kawasaki Eliminator 175 cc. Cute little bike, but she soon tired of riding and it sits in the back of my garage with 250 actual miles. So, now I have hope that in 5-10 years, I can put it on Craigslist and get the $2,000 back and buy something useful.

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    • Pat L Member

      It should just be old enough for Scotty G. to purchase it then!

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  6. Boatman Member

    Go for it, Scotty. You know you’ll regret it if you don’t.
    (Let us know you got it)

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    • Boatman Member

      Great news, Scotty. I knew you could do it!

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  7. Butch Smith

    I lived in France 1976-83. And over there you can ride a motorcycle up to 125cc with an auto permit which I had. Just starting out at that time my grandfather bought me a CB125JX. Practically identical this bike. Mine had the same style tank but silver and blue side panels. Twin cyl, 5 speed and disc brake. It was nice and due to certain conditions, I ride mine to work in the snow. I had never done that before! It was like 1st, 2nd and put your feet down and kinda ski along. I though I was nuts. but no, the guys at the shop did the same. One fella had a VeloSolex moped with the little 50cc that propelled the front wheel via a roller. He rode that eveyday as his only transportation. Really really bad days, I used my grandfather’s Simca 1500.

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  8. Michael Garner

    Up to 2,275 now. I bet this goes for at least 5-700 more. Very clean bike!

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  9. Charlie

    You meet the nicest people on a Honda.

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  10. Stan

    Love the 200 honda enduros. Xr

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  11. Howie

    Sweet, ends today.

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  12. matt

    Nice bike.

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  13. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Pretty daring of Honda to paint a bike in Yamaha colors.

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  14. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    SOLD for $2,816.66. Someone sniped it at the last second from someone who had bid $2,606.66

    Scotty, were you in the running?

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Thanks, PRA4SNW!

      I had a bid in and about ten seconds before the end it went up past my bid. Then eBay came back and asked me if I wanted to raise my bid so I just clicked on yes one time and that was it, it ended on that crazy amount and I got it!

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      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        Scotty, congrats! You bought a really nice one. And I know you will ride it occasionally and not let it sit.

        No, not a snipe. I haven’t bid on anything in a long time, but there used to be a program that you could buy credits and it would throw a bid in just seconds before the auction ended. I think it was called Snipe-it and it might still be around. I used to use it when collecting old video games because I could set my max amount and then not get caught up in the final bidding frenzy.
        Maybe those programs are no longer needed.

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        Thanks much! I just put in a top bid and eBay’s automatic proxy bidding did the work for me, until that last ten seconds when I had to hit “ok” to have it add another $100. I just rode a couple of my oddball bikes tonight, this one will get some use even in the winter on dry days.

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      • Todd Fitch Staff

        Well-bought, Scotty! I definitely see the family resemblance to my 1980 CB650C, and mine runs like a sewing machine. I’d love to have an (English) transcript of the conversation among this bike’s designers and engineers as they came up with that recess in the pipes to grant access to the rear axle bolts. Good luck with the 200! Send an update with a picture of you blasting down the road with your knees sticking out to the sides.

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      • Joshua Mortensen Staff

        Congrats on adding another fun toy to the collection!

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  15. Phipps

    I had a 1972 CB350-4 that I sold way to cheap…

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