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    The $100 Honda CA175

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    The 1969 CL125A in the picture is the starting point for my project and it cost me a whole $100 last October. So the bike is known on Instagram as the $100 Dollar Honda. It's come a long way since then but I'm still waiting on the frame coming back from my painter so that I can do the final assembly of all the bits I've been working on over the past nine months. I've collected parts, built wheels, rebuilt a seat and a set of CB200 forks. I also bought a CA175 Sloper engine for $50 that wasn't locked up and in pretty good condition inside. I scored a CL175 transmission on eBay for $57 that was in great shape to replace the stock 4 speeder.

    My goal is to build a 175 model that Honda never did but could have and have it ready to ride in time for the next Barber Vintage Festival in October. Stay tuned.

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    Do you have a project log for it already? If not, why not? If this is the start of one for it, you better not have left out any steps...
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    Don't worry I'll fill it in

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    Good, because the idea is an interesting one and when you take it to Barber, there may well be HT members there that want to see it...
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    Been following this one on Instagram for a while - very cool little project! You've already started well here Guy, since you posted a pic in the intro posting. We love pictures, especially when the project is as neat as this one!
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    Here a photo of the bike that my friend Gary found for me in a Minnesota salvage yard and delivered to Barber last year along with the CD175 engine and a dented but rust free CL tank. No seat, locked up 125 motor, frozen axles etc.

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    Believe it or not this is my very first Honda after 55 years of riding but I always wanted a little twin Sloper. I figured out early that the 175 engine would go right into the CL125A frame just by drilling two holes in the head mount. So, after I confirmed that I sand blasted the paint off to see just how rusty it was. The battery box was Swiss cheese but the vital structural areas were good.

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    The concept for this bike was to take an homely but otherwise solid bike like the CA175 and make it go, stop and look better than the standard model. In my head it would be a twin cylinder big brother to the S90 and CL90s. The result could be a model that Honda didn't make but could have, a CS175 if you will. So the engine would get a 5 speed from the CL175 and double leading shoe front brake. Alloy rims with some good tires would spiff up the appearance.

    Here's the engine before I stripped it, mocked up with low pipes and the eBay 5-speed and CL175 speedo on the bench.

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    Here's all the new transmission parts I scored for just $57. Very good condition with hardly any tooth or dog wear.The parts turned out to be later model CB175 parts that use a different shift drum and two stopper rollers seen in the photo. The gears, forks and shafts were fine but I had to buy a good used CL175K0 drum that works with the single stopper which the Sloper cases use. I'm still learning this Honda year to year model swap stuff.

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    Looks like it will be a bit "sloper" than original... or it's just the illusion of the difference in the top motor mount. Looks good so far - with some engine cleanup you're on your way.

    To give you an idea of what to expect as "competition" for your restomod, here's something we saw last year at Barber



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    No, it's an illusion. The rear mounts are identical to the CL125A and the only difference in the top mount on the frame is where the front most holes are drilled the fit the engine head cover. Once I added those two holes all the engine bolts went right in as on a CA175.

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