Honda CL72

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1962 Honda CL72 Scrambler.jpg
Honda CL72
Also called CL72 Scrambler
Class Enduro
Top Speed 85 mph
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
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The Honda CL72 was a 4-stroke 250cc motorcycle built by Honda between 1962 and 1965. The CL designation indicated this model to be the "Scrambler" version which implied some off-road capability prior to actual dirt-bikes gaining popularity. Honda introduced the 250cc CL72 to appeal to budding off-road riders. These bikes sold in huge numbers, and while heavy and unwieldy, in modified form were quite successful in desert racing events. Later models such as the CL77 had a cylinder bore increase to raise the capacity to 305cc. The CL series of bikes were actually street bikes with a higher rear fender, a braced handlebar, and a high-mount exhaust.


The Honda Scrambler 250 CL72 was similar to the CB72 Hawk 250. Three colors were available: Blue with Silver, Scarlet Red with Silver, and Black with Silver. The headlight shell, frame, upper fork covers, fork legs, and shock covers were painted the basic color. The fuel tank, side covers, and fenders were silver. The tank had rubber knee pads. While the Hawk's exhaust pipes were slung under the gearbox (one on each side of the bike), the Scrambler's two pipes with baffles went over the gearbox on the left side. The engine was a 247cc 4-stroke OHC parallel twin with two carburetors. The transmission was a 4-speed. The serial number began CL72-100001.

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