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05/17/11 at 08:27:04

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The photo has sort of lost its true color, but I took this picture back in 1971, using the least expensive film available.

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Oh, It is a 1969 Honda 450 Scrambler.
I know I took the picture in 1971 and I think the bike is a 1969. When it came to sikles I did not think about year models, back then.

The first thang I did was paint it "Panther Pink" and install the Apes. Back then cable kits were available for lengthening the existing cables.
Panther Pink was a color that came out on  Plymouth Road Runner. Almost the same color came out on the Dodge Super Bee, it was called Saginaw Rouge.
At least that is how I remember it. I'm sure I am wrong. Roll Eyes
 
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Reply #1 - 05/17/11 at 13:43:21

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What a coincidence. I had a repairman in from north of Conway Arkansas yesterday and he was telling me that he had a Honda Scrambler. I thought he said his was a 350, but I wouldn't swear to the size.
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Reply #2 - 05/17/11 at 14:11:33

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southernmule wrote on 05/17/11 at 08:27:04:
The photo has sort of lost its true color, but I took this picture back in 1971, using the least expensive film available.

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Oh, It is a 1969 Honda 450 Scrambler.
I know I took the picture in 1971 and I think the bike is a 1969. When it came to sikles I did not think about year models, back then.

The first thang I did was paint it "Panther Pink" and install the Apes. Back then cable kits were available for lengthening the existing cables.
Panther Pink was a color that came out on  Plymouth Road Runner. Almost the same color came out on the Dodge Super Bee, it was called Saginaw Rouge.
At least that is how I remember it. I'm sure I am wrong. Roll Eyes




==I thank, they also called those types of bikes: ''On and Off the road'' (something like that, eh?)  So Mule, you have beena  ape kinda guy for 40 durn yrs...huh
 
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Reply #3 - 05/17/11 at 16:35:58

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I am almost positive that Honda did not make a 350 back then. But they did make a 305. It came as a 305 Dream or a 305 Scrambler.

The Scrambler had an open front end like mine and high pipes on one side.
The dream was dressed differently on the 305.
The 450 did not offer a Dream style.

The Scramble was Honda's dirt bike back then.

In the middle '60 I worked at the Honda Shop. It was called Pete Miller Honda, at 7th & Main. He sold out to Floyd Gibson. That is when I quit.

Course I am wrong.
 
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Reply #4 - 05/17/11 at 18:39:43

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Well, as I thought, I am wrong!!

Honda did have a 350 back in 1969. It was uglier than the 305 and 450, but it was there.
350
http://www.honda350k.com/


305 dream
http://photos.cokertire.com/showphoto.php/photo/1576

305 scrambler
http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0305/scram305/scram305.htm

450 Scrambler
http://www.pbase.com/woodieland/image/63548286

CB 450
http://www.pbase.com/woodieland/image/63562460

I think the 305 & 450 Scramblers were beautiful bikes.

Not then, but now, I think the Dream is the most beautiful bike ever made.

I loved the CB 160. I owned four of them. My first dirt bike was a CB 160. I put Triumph Tiger Cub front forks and wheel up front, so I could get more height. A 400 knobby on the rear and a much larger rear sprocket and smaller front sprocket. I added Scrambler handlebars. The Scrambler bars had a bar across the upper middle. It would go anywhere.

Enough reminiscing.
 
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Reply #5 - 05/17/11 at 20:05:41

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He did say 305.
Digging through my notes, I found where I'd idly scribbled it down. And the bike in the link you posted is just what he described.


(Just in case you're wondering about the notes, he was repairing a printer and I was taking notes on the process for future reference. I was surprised to see where I'd scribbled "305 scrambler" along one edge of the note. I don't even remember doing it.)
 
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Reply #6 - 05/18/11 at 05:10:44

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I liked the 450 Scrambler but I didn't care for the tanks on the other models..
 
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Reply #7 - 05/19/11 at 13:04:43

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oldman wrote on 05/18/11 at 05:10:44:
I liked the 450 Scrambler but I didn't care for the tanks on the other models..


I went back and took a closer look. I agree the 450 Scrambler tank does look better. Also the 450 Scrambler exhaust is
much better looking.
Now that I have taken a second look, the point on front of the tank on the 305 Scrambler does not appeal to me.

I'd love to have a Stratoliner S in the 305 Dream body. It would be beautiful. Course I'd have to add some apes.
 
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Reply #8 - 05/19/11 at 19:51:16

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Quote:
Course I'd have to add some apes


Of course Cool..
 
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