Honda 305 Dream 1/8 Mile World Record Attempt!
Richard Riegler pilots a 1965 Honda 305 Dream to a 13.19, 51.99 MPH run at
the "Motor Speedway" event held at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park near
Englishtown, NJ. He eventually would dip into the high 12's on the 1/8th
1964 Honda C72 Dream Air Filter Fix
Getting my old Honda Dream back on the road - Decided to take the air
filter out which I've never done since I started riding her around 1983.
Ait filter, Oil filter clean , Fresh Oil , and the Fuel Tap has been an
issue for about 6 years so gave that another go with parts from a 305
spares bike I've got and finally it seems to seal , but I still need to
order new tap seals at some stage. - bikes had 15,000 miles when my brother
bought her for $100 in 1979 - Engine was dismantled but was perfect - was
original black at that stage - forks needed straightening - was rebuilt
in 1980 by my father as a cheap commute bike for my brother and myself and
not as a restoration hence the battery and taillight mods - Rear struts
modified to allow oil refill. Stopped riding as commute bike around 86 -
Now has 42,000 miles - oil changed every 1000 miles as we were advised
when we bought it that big end normally went around 40,000 miles on these
bikes. Thinking I'll get club permit plates so I can give the old girl 1
last 1000 miles run before storing away for my son to treasure.
Honda Mean Mower vs BTCC Honda Civic
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Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden will be
aiming to keep off the grass when he heads to Silverstone for the final
round of this year's series on 13 October. But he took time out from his
preparations to have a bit of fun, lining up on the grid with three-time
champ and team-mate Matt Neal on a special mower created by their Team
The Mean Mower is a bit different to Gordon and Matt's Honda Yuasa Racing
Civics. It's based on a Honda HF2620 lawn tractor, but the regular 20bhp
614cc V-twin engine has made way for a 1,000cc V-Twin from a Honda
Firestorm motorbike. This delivers 110bhp, and gives a power-to-weight
ratio of 520bhp per tonne -- enabling the mower to do 0-60mph in under four
seconds and hit 130mph.
To cope with this huge pace, the regular mower chassis has been replaced
with a chromoly spaceframe. Suspension and wheels from an ATV help Boost the handling, plus there's a
body-hugging racing seat and Alcantara steering wheel with buttons for the
sequential gearbox. This drives the rear wheels via a chain to a rear axle
sourced from a go-kart. Yet this amazing machine can still cut grass.
The steel cutting bed is replaced by a lighter fibreglass version, and
isn't connected to the petrol engine. Instead, two electric motors spin a
3mm wire cable at 4,000rpm -- proper blades could be a bit dangerous at
100mph. The Mean Mower is similar in concept to a Yuasa Racing Civic, which
is taken off the production line in Swindon, Wilts, and heavily modified.
While the chassis and body are retained, the interior is stripped out and a
roll cage fitted. New front and rear sub-frames are installed, as are
racing-spec suspension and brakes. And while the 2.0-litre engine uses the
same block as the old Civic Type R, a turbocharger is added and most of the internals
are changed. Total output is around 330bhp, which allows the Yuasa Civic to
do up to 160mph.
But how would the BTCC racer compare with the Mean Mower on a lap of
Rockingham's National Circuit in Northants? The track is 1.7 miles long,
has a range of corners and plenty of grass that could do with a trim...
"The only way the mower could win round here is to literally cut corners,"
said Matt. "But if it doesn't, it has no chance. In fact, I reckon I could
give it a 40-second head start and still cross the finish line first."
Was Neal right to be so confident? The way the mower stumbled off the
starting line suggested so. Its tall first gear makes for lazy getaways --
be too aggressive and the engine will stall. But once moving, the Mean
Mower soon gets into its stride. In a straight line, it's quite impressive
-- but the narrow track makes it tricky through corners.
Still, after 40 seconds, the mower had completed over a third of a lap --
leaving the car with plenty of catching up to do. In fact, the Civic didn't
have the mower in its sights until it rounded the penultimate corner. This
was going to be close. As the BTCC racer entered the final hairpin, the
Mean Mower was exiting it and heading down the home straight -- just a few
hundred metres from victory.
But the distance to the finish line proved just enough for the Civic to
close the gap. In the end it pipped the mower at the post, by the narrowest
of margins. We checked the stopwatch: the BTCC car had taken one minute
18.2 seconds to do a standing-start lap. The mower completed it in one
minute 59 seconds -- a difference of 40.8 seconds. We know who won the
moral victory, though, as the Civic can't trim your grass! Little wonder
that these Honda stars are keen to be handed the Mean Mower to cut some
blades of glory in their gardens during the close season.
MOTORRAD-Kultbike: Honda CB 72
Vor gut 50 Jahren machte Honda mit der CB 72 Supersport den zaghaften
europäischen Herstellern mächtig Beine. Den ganzen Bericht gibt es in
MOTORRAD Heft 4, das am 31.01.2014 erscheint.
Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout
This is the 1920 Indian Scout built and driven by Burt Munro. Jay Leno on
commentary. Three times during the '60's it set the World's fastest flying
mile record for motorcycles under 1000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This is not the reproduction used in the "The World's Fastest Indian"
starring Anthony Hopkins, but the actual bike that set the record.
Fortunately this is the second year of the Concours d'Elegance to feature
motorcycles on the green. This year they featured the salt flat racers and
their contribution to Hot Rodding. I was very lucky to see and hear this
amazing piece of history.
For more information about Burt Munro, visit
Or buy "The World's Fastest Indian" because it's a true story. It's one of
my favorites, and surely will not disappoint any gear head. Anthony's
perfectly cast for the role.
#Video - #Honda to Release all-New #Fit and Fit Hybrid in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, September 5, 2013 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced it
will launch the all-new Fit and Fit Hybrid on September 6, 2013. The
first-generation Fit revolutionized the concept of the compact car. Now in
its third generation, the Fit once again sets the global compact automobile
benchmark. While retaining the design concept of the original model, the
all-new Fit features a completely redesigned powertrain and body and offers
a whole new level of interior comfort, fuel economy, styling and driving