Today I had the satisfaction of putting 24 miles on my newly restored 1972 Honda CB175. The odometer displayed 2074 miles for the past 30 years, so it was nice to see it advance to 2098. The twin cylinder engine sounds great, and the transmission shifts easily through all 5 gears. The clutch engages much smoother than I had expected. I have a few adjustments to make here and there, but it’s essentially finished. This motorcycle is a lot of fun to ride.
During the initial run, I got the bike up to 62 MPH, although the engine sounds like it’s running a bit rich. I had adjusted the carburetors to run richer earlier when diagnosing an issue that turned out to be something else, so I probably had it set correctly in the first place. I’ll fix that later today.
I really like this little bike’s styling, with the inline twin cylinder engine and the symmetrical exhaust pipe arrangement … like a down-sized version of the old British bikes from the ’50s and ’60s. The skinny tires are also a throwback to the old days. It’ll be fun watching that odometer finally get some miles on it.