Nice Bike For Nice People: 1967 Honda Dream CA77

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I mean, to the logo on the garage door; this is a serious, real find, as opposed to a goofball, scripted tv show. This 1967 Honda Dream CA77 305 is in Dallas, Texas and is listed on eBay by a certain, famous hot rod and car-flipper shop. The current bid is $3,000. Disclaimer: I’m a huge fan of the show, just for the record.

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You’ve all heard the old Honda slogan, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda.” The idea was to sort of counter the rough and troublesome motorcycle riders and gangs of the era. Thanks, Marlon Brando… This Honda Dream was anything and everything but aggressive, gritty, and troublesome; it’s a Honda, they were for nice people! I like the pressed-steel frames on motorcycles of this era, it brings me back to my childhood; not that I’ve ever really left it.

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This particular Honda Dream is all-original  and unrestored, with just 10,488 miles on it. It hasn’t been started in decades and will need to be thoroughly gone through before you start it. I’m not sure what I would do on this one, totally nut-and-bolt restore it or just get it working and drive it as it looks here? Maybe the latter. This bike has the rare Buco Twinmaster Saddlebags, those are quite a find in and of themselves and they make this bike an even sweeter deal.

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This is Honda’s 24hp, parallel-twin 305cc engine. This engine features a 360-degree crank which means that the pistons fire alternately even though they rise and fall at the same time. An interesting setup. These bikes came in either black, red, blue, or white as shown here. As much as I like actual colors on vehicles, I would love a black or white version of the Honda Dream. You can join a club or just check things out online in order to find any parts you may need. I was raised mostly with Yamahas but we did have a few Hondas in the mix, but never a Honda Dream. Are any of you fans of the Honda Dream?

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Comments

  1. jimbosidecar

    By the time I was old enough to have a little knowledge about bikes, these had been passed by with the Yamahas, Bridgestones, and Kawasaki 2 strokes. I recently picked up a CL305. Same motor as this I suspect

    • Kevin Member

      The CL77, not ever called a CL305, had two carbs while the Dream’s CA72 250 and CA77 300/305 and Benley CA95 150 twin had only one. The CL72 250 and CL77 305 are worth quite a bit more than the ugly IMO, Dream’s.

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  2. roger

    I remember the “You meet the nicest people on a honda commercials”
    Like the bike ,Do not like the place or TV show where it is sitting.
    Remember the 750 Choppers,back in the day?
    Some of them were pretty wild

    • Barry T

      I rode one of these home made “Choppers” back in the day and it was the scariest 10 minutes of my life. Extended forks just DO NOT make for better handling.

  3. Mark S Member

    Fast forward 10 years and your in the age of my bike. Mine is a 1977 gl 1000 with rare Author Filmur saddle bags and fairing, as well as a custom built side car. If this bike is any where near as reliable as my goldwing then this is a fabulous bike to have and restore. One thing I’d like to point out is not only is this a stamped sheet steel bodied bike but it is also a leading link front suspension, which is exactly what you want for a side car rig. If this were mine I’d restore it repaint it bright red ( just because I like red ) than custom fit a small side car to it. Colour matched of course. It would make a great bum around town bike. Very cool find I’m drooling thinking about the fun I could have building this up. Cheers

  4. David Frank david Member

    I put a lot of miles on a white one just like this (minus the bags and light bar) in the 1960s picking up photo ready copy and delivering photo engraving plates around El Paso at night. These things were slow and didn’t handle well, but were stable and didn’t mind hauling a hundred pounds or more of zinc plates over the back wheel. The trailing link suspension had so much travel it made it possible to ride up curbs. They rode like the big cushy luxury cars of the day but with a little better brakes. Someone with a lot more money than me could have a great time on this. I hope they actually ride it.

  5. Ron

    Gas Monkey Garage

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  6. JLS

    Honda CT 90. its the bomb.

  7. cliffyc

    Get me some of that!

  8. Bob S

    Great headline Barn Finds. Probably just needs a carb kit , fresh gas and a new battery.

  9. Howard A Member

    When, as a kid, I had my Honda 50, this seemed like a BIG Honda 50. Same type of frame, same tail light. The “square” motif was kind of odd for the time. These never really caught on, like the Benly either, but this motor powered several popular Honda’s, like the Super Hawk, which could beat just about any bike out there at the time. A friend had a Scrambler (CL77?) with “snuff ‘r nots” ( remember those?) Then in ’69, Honda introduced the 750/4 and these were horribly out of date. These were bulletproof motors, and many got their 1st taste of touring with these bikes. So much more civilized than the 2 cycle Asian road bikes of the time period. Great find. Very rare today, and some bring big money.

  10. geomechs geomechs Member

    Now this one sure takes me back in time. There was a guy in my home town who had a White CA 72, the 250 version of this one. It was one of those bikes you couldn’t work to death; you had to kill it with a stick. While I’m more a fan of the CB 72/77 Hawk/Super Hawk or especially the CL (scrambler) version, I’d be tempted to look closer at this. Of course the way my luck goes, I’d buy this and a real cherry scrambler would show up. However, if this ended up at my place, it would be treated to a full resto.

    Yes, Howard, I remember the Snuff-R-Nots. A friend of mine had a pair on his bike. Sure beat that AWFUL looking lump of a muffler the scramblers had…

  11. jim s

    i had to look ” Snuff-R-Nots ” up. i do not remember them but do remember people running straight thru pipes on the CL’s. i did ride a Dream or two back in the day but have no interest in going back to riding stamped steel frames again. great find.

  12. Gord

    I have the 150 version of the Dream. It’s a 1967.I bought it in 1974 and it’s still sitting in my shop with about 8000 miles on it. My wife and I used to drive it on the weekends until we had kids. I need to resurrect it one of these days. It’s original right down to the whitewall tires.

    • Kevin Member

      You have a CA95 Benley. Looks like it ought to be a Dream but it is not a Dream. It’s great that you still have it. Take good care of it as some day it might be worth something.

  13. Rick

    Love this bike. I’m not a motorcycle person by any means, but my first was a mid ’90’s Shadow. Road the tires off that bike until I got smart and realized that the mindset of the people who live in my area was more focused on their phones than their surroundings while driving. So I gave up motorcycles.. but I’d love to have this one to go with my vintage camper!

  14. erikj

    got a blue on like this . free. got it running had fun and away it wentwithcustom,sissy barand all.

  15. Tony Koz

    Does any one want one of these in red? I have one with 7500 miles on it, my uncle bought it new. I still have the original title and tool kit. I last rode itt in about 1995 or so. It needs the tank and carb gone through and I think it needs a cable now. All of the parts it need are available for about $200 I just never seem to get the time.
    It’s a 1969 with no options. Still has the original tires.
    To the right buyer it’s for sale.
    Akylekoz at the mail of G.

  16. Tony Koz

    Looks like I may have to list here.

  17. james burton

    GORD it is a 160 not a 150 cc. my old boss has a black one he bought new in the 60s. his 5 kids rode the heck out of it in fact they all grew up on it. it’s still in his garage wouldn’t sell it to many memories of it.

  18. Reid

    Bought mine in a box about 10 years ago. Got it running and – ho hum. The Superhawk was WAY more fun. BTW the CA77 Dream had a 360 degree crank, unlike the CB77 and CL77.

  19. Scotty G Staff

    Auction update: this great bike sold for $4,100!

  20. Kevin Member

    Only $4100? As much as I think the Dream’s are ugly, this one is one rare find and should have brought more than $10,000.

    I would definitely not restore it.

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  21. Kevin Member

    A friend of mine passed away a couple years ago. He was passionate about early Honda’s and restored many. His family has decided to sell at auction, most of his collection. It’s upcoming on July 23rd, 2016, auctioneer is Yvette VanderBrink. I’ll be there….it’s only 20 miles away. His very nice original condition ’54 Corvette will also be offered. The link: http://www.vanderbrinkauctions.com/auctions_details.php?detail=186&allimages=NO

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  22. Charles T. Harris

    Yes, I remember my first bike, 1966 305 Dream (white) after the Army went to CB 750, another nice bike, later on bought a 750 Magna, fast bike had lots of trouble with carbs, moved on to a Gold Wing, what a nice ride…still like the 305 Dream….thanks Honda.

  23. Paul Dale

    I had a black 150 Dream in Hawaii in the mid 60s. It was passed down from one sailor to the next at Pearl Harbor. I met a co-ed on Waikiki Beach and our first date was a ride around Oahu on my Dream. The bike was sold to another sailor when I left but the the girl is still with me 54 years later.

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    • Cycle Salvage Kevin Member

      The Honda CA95 150cc Benly Touring has often been mistakenly referred to as ‘Dream’ or baby ‘Dream’. But, Honda never used the term. IMO, you can call it anything you like. Congrats on your relationship’s longevity!

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