Honda CD200: history, specs, pictures

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Honda CD 200 Road Master(1981)

Honda introduced several 200 cm³ bikes with similar engines but different body variations in the 1980s. The model introduced in South Africa and Pakistan was known as the CD 200 "Road Master”. It was a detuned version of the Honda CD185 twin. The CD 200 sold more for its looks then performance as its square speedometer, huge front and rear mudguards, twin chrome exhausts, neatly tucked in choke behind handle bars and a chrome plated fuel tank with the Honda logo contributed to an interesting styling.

The bike was a cheap commuter vehicle with a claimed 100 miles (160 km) per gallon and a smooth ride. Too slow for a 200 cm³ bike, its top speed was only 70 mph (112 km/h) as the engine was detuned to keep maintenance cost to a minimum. This bike targeted users who wanted a comfortable cheap transport suitable for long routes with low maintenance. Use of simple drum breaks in rear and front and a single carburetor were other measures used to keep the maintenance low. The bike accelerated hard up to 65 mph (105 km/h); after that it was a flat ride. The engine had to be revved very hard to create any kind of excitement as the bike was too heavy (140 kg) for an engine that produced a modest 16 bhp.

This model suffered from various manufacturing faults like a noisy cam chain and an unreliable electrical starter (later models were upgraded with 12 volts CDI system in the UK.). In the UK the CD200 was affected by legislation restricting learner riders to bikes limited to 125 cm³ and 12bhp. Honda introduced a 125 cm³ Benly after the CD200 was withdrawn.The CD 200 Road Master was sold in South Africa until late 2004 and was used mainly as a courier/delivery bike.It retained the 6 volt electrics and points ignition.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

Year of Production


Displacement: 194 cm³

Engine Type: Twin cylinder Air-cooled Four-stroke, Single Over Head Cam Parallel twin.

Power: 16 bhp

Top Speed: 70 mph (112 km/h)

Dry Weight: 140 kg.

Starter: 6V Electrical and Kick

Colors available: Black, Red, Blue

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Honda CD200
Also called CD200 Twin Benly, CD 200 Twin Benly, CD200 Road Master, CD 200 Road Master, CD200T Benly, CD 200
Production 1980 - 1984
Class Naked
twin, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 53.0mm x 44.0mm
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Top Speed 75 mph (120 km/h)
Horsepower 15.69 HP (11.7 KW) @ 7000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. keihin vb15a
Ignition cdi
Transmission Gear box: 4-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multiplate
Suspension Front: oil dampened telescopic
Rear: twin shock, oil dampened
Brakes Front: expanding brake (drum brake). single leading shoe
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake). single leading shoe
Front Tire 3/17-4pr
Rear Tire 3/17-6pr
Wheelbase 50.39 inches (1280 mm)
Length 78.35 inches (1990 mm)
Width 33.27 inches (845 mm)
Height 43.5 inches (1105 mm)
Seat Height 29.29 inches (744 mm)
Weight 268.96 pounds (122.0 Kg) (dry), 140.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 2.35 liters/100 km (42.6 km/l or 100.09 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda CD200T Benly was a twin, four-stroke Naked motorcycle produced by Honda between 1980 and 1984. It could reach a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 15.69 HP (11.7 KW) @ 7000 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled twin, four-stroke. A 53.0mm bore x 44.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 194.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multiplate.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 3/17-4pr front tire and a 3/17-6pr rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake). single leading shoe in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake). single leading shoe in the rear. The front suspension was a oil dampened telescopic while the rear was equipped with a twin shock, oil dampened. The CD200T Benly was fitted with a 2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 268.96 pounds (122.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 50.39 inches (1280 mm) long.

1980 - 1985 Honda CD 200 Road Master[edit | edit source]

Thanks to its twin cylinder air-cooled 4 stroke, single over head cam parallel twin engine, Honda's CD 200 Road Master is able to reach a top speed of 112 km/h. The bike is available in multiple colors, including black, red and blue.

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