Photo: Bradley Brownell

I have had this 1982 Honda MB5 for quite some time. It has a special place in my heart because I commuted on it daily for a year in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area. Sadly it has been sitting idle for almost a decade, as I’ve brought it with me through four different moves, including two moves of more than 1,000 miles.


This morning I brought it out for the first time in years to give it a quick clean up ahead of Virtual Radwood tomorrow, and it actually cleaned up pretty well. It’s missing a few pieces, as I was trying for something of a cafe-style when it was last on the road.

The goal for this project has always been to source a Honda H100a motor from the UK market, and attach Vetter aerodynamics in an attempt to ton up with 100ccs. I’m a little older (read scared and fat) now, so I’m not sure it’ll be possible, but one day I’ll get around to trying. I love this ridiculous bike, and I want to see it go dumb fast. 

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Piston Slap Yo Mama

Take it from me as I’ve been down the making-it-faster path and regretted it: keep it stock. I own your bike’s arch nemesis, the Kawasaki AR80 and a friend talked me into making it “faster”. I really haven’t ridden it since. I got a big bore kit but it was cheaply made and the cylinder wasn’t bored perfectly round and it blew up on the dyno. I got a vintage big bore kit but then had to search far and wide for a compatible piston as mine was missing. That one blew up on the dyno. So I had to get another low quality big bore kit and make it right. I had an artisan make a custom tuned 2 stroke exhaust pipe but it was so stunningly loud I couldn’t use it so he made another one only marginally quieter. Etc. etc. etc. The f’ing bike has sat ever since and I’m out a few thousand on my efforts.
My bike’s nickname is “world’s tallest midget” as that’s what I think you wind up with trying to make a slow, small-cc bike faster. What’s the point? If you wanted “fast” you’d buy a Katana or whatever.
Learn. From. My. Mistakes.