This bike was bought out of Virginia from an online buddy. The story was that it came in a container of bikes from Italy, and this was the odd bike. I knew it was an overseas model (the CB-50 was not sold in the USA,)  but didn't know exactly from where. More research told me it was a Japanese Domestic Market only bike, with upgrades like a hydraulic front disc brake, larger carb, intake, valves, and cam. The bike was aquired in November 2015 and restoration was started immediately. 

This bike was bought out of Virginia from an online buddy. The story was that it came in a container of bikes from Italy, and this was the odd bike. I knew it was an overseas model (the CB-50 was not sold in the USA,)  but didn't know exactly from where. More research told me it was a Japanese Domestic Market only bike, with upgrades like a hydraulic front disc brake, larger carb, intake, valves, and cam. The bike was aquired in November 2015 and restoration was started immediately. 

 The online ad picture that got my attention.

The online ad picture that got my attention.

 After restoration/modification. An 82cc Kitaco Cylinder and piston. Takegawa intake and Keihin 24mm carb kit were added. New spokes, rims, wheel bearings, brake pads, and seals, master cylinder and caliper restoration, fork rebuild all using NOS Honda parts sourced from the Netherlands. Build thread:   Honda CB50J cafe CY50, XR50, XR75

After restoration/modification. An 82cc Kitaco Cylinder and piston. Takegawa intake and Keihin 24mm carb kit were added. New spokes, rims, wheel bearings, brake pads, and seals, master cylinder and caliper restoration, fork rebuild all using NOS Honda parts sourced from the Netherlands. Build thread:  Honda CB50J cafe CY50, XR50, XR75

 The gas filler neck was moved to the side to allow for the placement of a center strap. Stock signals and even the helmet lock were left in place along with a custom license bracket. A custom bracket to house the instruments and head light was also added. The seat was made from a  cut-down Tweets brand fiberglass piece, reinforced with extra layers of glass cloth on top of a custom seat pan that also houses the battery.

The gas filler neck was moved to the side to allow for the placement of a center strap. Stock signals and even the helmet lock were left in place along with a custom license bracket. A custom bracket to house the instruments and head light was also added. The seat was made from a  cut-down Tweets brand fiberglass piece, reinforced with extra layers of glass cloth on top of a custom seat pan that also houses the battery.

 Using stripper to take off the orange that most of the bike had been painted revealed this head tube badge in Japanese, my first hint at the JDM pedigree of this bike.

Using stripper to take off the orange that most of the bike had been painted revealed this head tube badge in Japanese, my first hint at the JDM pedigree of this bike.