Honda CD200: history, specs, pictures
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 Honda introduced a 125 cm³ Benly after the CD200 was withdrawn.The CD 200 Road Master was sold in South Africa until late 2004 and was used mainly as a courier/delivery bike.It retained the 6 volt electrics and points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.
Year of Production
Displacement: 194 cm³
Power: 16 bhp
Dry Weight: 140 kg.
Starter: 6V Electrical and Kick
Colors available: Black, Red, Blue
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|Also called||CD200 Twin Benly, CD 200 Twin Benly, CD200 Road Master, CD 200 Road Master, CD200T Benly, CD 200|
|Production||1980 - 1984|
|Bore / Stroke||53.0mm x 44.0mm|
|Top Speed||75 mph (120 km/h)|
|Horsepower||15.69 HP (11.7 KW) @ 7000RPM|
|Fuel System||carburetor. keihin vb15a|
|Transmission||Gear box: 4-speed
Final Drive: chain
|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
|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)|
|Fuel Capacity||2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters)|
|Fuel Consumption||2.35 liters/100 km (42.6 km/l or 100.09 mpg)|
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.
The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multiplate.
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
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.