Livin' the Dream (50)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Spurlock, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Spurlock

    Spurlock Long timer

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    With the sun finally out nice & bright here in N. California I just had to take a little ride the other day. Tinkering in the shop the night before, all five bikes seemed to call out "ride me, it's my turn!" But the sexy little Dream 50 stirred my passions most and the question was settled.

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    I decided on a 90 mile Lake Berryessa/Pope Valley loop.

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    From Pleasants Valley I headed up Putah Creek Canyon on Hwy 128, past the dam and around to Knoxville Rd.

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    With only 84cc (originally 49cc but has a big bore kit), cruising at 45 - 55 mph requires near constant full throttle and 9K - 11K rpm. But the little buzz bomb happily puts up with it for miles on end without complaint. Good ear plugs are a must-have.

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    Nearing "the bridge" on Knoxville I saw other riders coming up behind. I waved them past and when they turned into the parking lot I followed. Right away the bike drew a crowd of friendly and curious riders. I was so busy answering questions I forgot to take a picture.

    Then it was off to savor the fantastic and deserted Pope Canyon Rd. ...

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    ...then Pope Chiles Rd. took me back to 128 at Lake Hennessee. You definitely need to stay alert on the last section of Pope Chiles with its very tight turns and unguarded creek right alongside the road.

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    A new vineyard along Hwy 128...

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    Back on Pleasants Vly Rd. my little friend took me home.

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    -Bill
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  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    Curvy, scenic roads and really cool little bikes. You are living the dream:rayof
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  3. CycleSick

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    Wonderful photography, as always. You have such a marvelous choice of bikes to ride. Better to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow, eh?
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  4. Ladybug

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    Nice looking bike and the photos of it are terrific.
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  5. B10Dave

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    Very interesting little bike Bill. Were they sold in the USA or is it Japanese home market. I have never seen another. Pics and roads awesome as always.Thanks...Dave
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  6. Spurlock

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    Thanks! Yeah, between the roads and my stable of fun bikes I feel stupid lucky.

    Agreed, at 69 years old and lots of deer/turkeys/distracted drivers to cope with on the roads, I more and more enjoy riding small bikes near their max and staying within reasonable speed limits rather than dogging along on a much faster bike to try and stay safe. Wringing the little bike's neck at WOT up a twisty grade lets me imagine I'm going all out on the track. Can't do that on the others without scaring myself.

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Thanks Dave. My bike is a CB50V which was only sold in Japan in 1997 - '98 I believe. There are a handful around, and a zero miles never-started one just sold last week at the Mecum auction in Vegas for $11K! Honda sold a CB50R race-only version pictured below in the US for one year only in 2004. Many dealers bought them just to display on the showroom floor. Both versions are DOHC 4 valve singles with combination gear and chain driven cams. The R version had hotter cams, higher compression and a 6 speed trans instead of the 5 speed of the street legal version.

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    -Bill
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  7. Bors

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    How do you reach the handlebars with that long tank?
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  8. Spurlock

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    No problem, it's a really small bike. Here's a little video.


    -Bill
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  9. RedDogAlberta

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    Magnificent motorcycle! :clap
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  10. mapmaker

    mapmaker I like dirt Supporter

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    Live in SoCal but have a project at the Pope Valley Elementary school. Can’t wait for my next business trip. Thanks for posting.
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  11. Spurlock

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    Very cool, every time I pass by that school I think how lucky the kids are to live in such surroundings. I'm curious what your project is there. A couple of pics to whet your appetite for the area below. Be sure to take Howell Mountain Rd up to nearby Angwin and return via Ink Grade.

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    -Bill
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  12. mapmaker

    mapmaker I like dirt Supporter

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    In California in 2019, that school diverts water from a creek into a pond. Then pumps and filters the water for drinking. Amazing and we are helping with better filtration.
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  13. klaviator

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    The pictures in all your ride reports whet my appetite for riding that area.....and I live about 2400 miles away. Yes I actually checked the distance on Google maps:D
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  14. Duanob

    Duanob Been here awhile

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    Man I'd love to see your collection some day! You have some nice old Hondas. I got rid of most of mine due to room constraints. :(
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  15. WRC51

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    Awesome bike and ride report, they always make me want to get out and ride. I have never seen that Model Honda before,truly beautiful.
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  16. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Which XL is that? My very first motorcycle was an XL250. Yellow/black 1978.
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  17. Spurlock

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    Sorry, what XL do you mean?

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  18. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Sorry. I assumed this was an XL.
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  19. Spurlock

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    Oh forgot those pics were in this thread! That was a '75 XL250 K2, since sold.

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  20. Ginger Beard

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    Absolutely fantastic!!
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