No Reserve – 1965 Honda CB160

Current bid: $1,300

Reserve price has been met.

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Ending On: September 30, 2023 11:00 am PDT

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2023-09-30 10:50:00 2023-09-30 11:00:00 America/Los_Angeles No Reserve – 1965 Honda CB160 Santa Monica, California - A well-kept CB160 that comes with an aftermarket exhaust and an upgraded coil! Iconic Motorbike Auctions


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One of the truly iconic small-displacement Japanese bikes, the Honda CB160 was first introduced back in 1965. At the time, the lightweight class was all the rage, and the Big Red incorporated tons of trickle-down technology from its larger models to make it attractive to younger riders. Along with a tubular frame, a single-overhead cam, and other then-state-of-the-art features, it also boasted an engine that would rev to a sonorous 10,000rpm — all for the price of just $530.

On the road, the little CB tipped the scales at a scant 290lbs. So, despite the 161cc twin’s meager 16hp output, it was still good for a claimed top speed of 68mph. Better still was the fuel economy: one could expect a miserly 75mpg.

Today, many riders remember the CB160 fondly, as it acted as the gateway to their motorcycling fix. The fond memories are more than nostalgia, though, as Cycle World put it best in its period review: “We cannot tell you just how impressive the Honda CB-160 is to everyone who knows motorcycles and has ridden it. Somehow, Honda engineers have gotten the engine balance factor matched perfectly to the frame, etc., and while there is a slight amount of vibration at low speeds, the bike is turbine smooth at 55-60 mph.”

This example is VIN: B1609005402. Abhi acquired the bike from a friend of Adam’s before it was scheduled to go to auction; he had planned to race it at the Barber Vintage Festival in AHRMA.

He took the bike out for a shakedown ride.

Here’s a quick sound check from that ride:

However, he has since decided that the bike is too nice to race and he has picked up another CB160 race bike as a project.

The odometer shows 10,573 miles.

In preparation for the listing, we replaced the battery, the ignition system (from Charlie’s Place), the regulator/rectifier (also from Charlie’s Place), the steering bearings, and the headlight bulb. We also diagnosed a fuel leak and performed a carb clean.

Steve and Yonni did the work, they note the following in their condition report:

Tire Code Front/ Rear: 5016/5016
Tire % Front/ Rear: 70/70
Tire Press Front/ Rear: 30/30
Brake % Front/ Rear: 70/50+drum
Hydraulic: OK
Oil: OK
Coolant: NA
Low Beam: OK
High Beam: OK
Turn: OK
Tail Light: OK
Brake Light: OK
Plate Light: OK
Kill: OK
Horn: OK
Battery: 12.2/13.0


Aftermarket exhaust.

Battery tender lead.

Not pictured is a Dyna high-output coil, Charlie’s Place ignition, and Charlie’s Place regulator/rectifier.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Kenda tires from 2016.

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean California title with registration current through September 2023.

Have any CB160 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Total Bids Placed:

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
alm916 September 26, 2023 7:00 pm PDT $1,300
TurtlePhil1990 September 26, 2023 6:23 pm PDT $1,200
alm916 September 26, 2023 6:21 pm PDT $1,100
TurtlePhil1990 September 26, 2023 6:21 pm PDT $1,000 Auto
TurtlePhil1990 September 24, 2023 8:45 pm PDT $900
carllincoln56 September 24, 2023 4:15 pm PDT $800
JCA828 September 24, 2023 4:15 pm PDT $750 Auto
JCA828 September 24, 2023 1:48 pm PDT $401 Auto
SidecarNick September 24, 2023 1:48 pm PDT $301
JCA828 September 24, 2023 8:20 am PDT $201 Auto
ROakes September 24, 2023 8:20 am PDT $101
JCA828 September 24, 2023 5:54 am PDT $1 Reserve
Auction started September 23, 2023 7:10 am PDT
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