Honda Super Dream

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by The Older Gentleman, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Well, I bought one because, er, because it was cheap.

    From an old boy down near Poole. 1981W, 14k miles from new, all stock,
    in silver with one of those period colour-matched Invader handlebar
    fairings, a pair of Old Man Rickman panniers...

    Needs two new silencers, which I should have in my hands on Wednesday.
    Runs like silk. As near silent as it's possible to get. Apart from the
    blowing OE cans, mind.

    Oh, and needs a sppedo. The one in it works, but is readin 9999.9 miles
    and the tripmeter's bust also. The old boy said it was clicking over to
    10 grand and then it stopped clicking. So his 14k miles is an estimate,
    but I'm not quibbling. Anyway, plenty of decent used speedos on Ebay and
    I'm bidding on one now.

    Taxed, tested, mine for £275.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 1, 2008
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    I hope you're not trying to start a collection to rival zymurgy's...
    Not bad.
    Really not bad.
    Timo Geusch, Sep 1, 2008
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    Hmmm. Pretty fair.

    Are you keeping the fairing?
    Rusty Hinge 2, Sep 1, 2008
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    Bob Scott Guest

    Cor, I reckon my last 250 superdream owed me £275[1]. I hesitate to
    admit it but I've got fond memories of both the superdreams I've owned.
    Only time either of them failed to get me home involved a snapped chain.

    ran it for 18 months or so of extreme poverty (unemployment & working
    for a charity) then swapped it for an LC[2].

    I've been slowly togging out the LC. It's done me £375 so far & I just
    stuck the frame on gumtree - 11 people have said they want it so far,
    maybe £100 for a 4l0 frame with V5 is too cheap.

    Hmm, there's a 450DX on gumtree for £100, wonder if SWMBO would object
    to another Honda.


    [1] complicated deal whereby the local drug dealer got my transit, the
    local outlaw got his speakers & I got some cash & the outlaw's winter
    hack superdream. God, I knew some dodgy people.
    [2] I had a job on a busroute & the man with the LC had just got a job
    which he needed a reliable bike to commute on.
    Bob Scott, Sep 1, 2008
  5. I won't warn you again....
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 1, 2008
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    platypus Guest

    250 or 400?

    I dunno, first a GS500 and now this. It'll be a GT250 Ram Air next.
    platypus, Sep 1, 2008
  7. After all the shit you've bought this week surely you must be due to
    spend your money on something worthwhile. I mean - a Dream and a GS500?
    Maybe I ought to start drinking claret, then any old bike looks great.

    Not that I was a bit pissed when I bought the CB72s, not at all.

    Not even slightly.

    Engine went for 150 btw, only it turns out the buyer is in Norn Iron.
    He's paid, but no contact about collection yet - we shall see...
    mike. buckley, Sep 1, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    Guest, Sep 2, 2008
  9. Heh. Yes. I know what they're worth, too :)
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 2, 2008
  10. That was a result.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 2, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    Resistance is futile!
    Champ, Sep 2, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    Christ, nowhere near cheap enough.

    Jeez, we knew these things were shit in 1980.
    Champ, Sep 2, 2008
  13. Good ones are fetching £600 on Ebay, believe it or not. There's such a
    shortage of sub-33bhp machinery that people will go for any old 250,
    if it's sound, original and running nicely.
    [email protected], Sep 2, 2008
  14. yeah, it'll be in the next edition of the OED, innit.

    There's a bloke on the web with a list of collective nouns, I got "wunch"
    listed as the collective noun for "bankers".
    Austin Shackles, Sep 2, 2008
  15. WTFOMFG!!?!

    600 notes for a supersnail??

    Jeeze, I wish I'd kept the CJ250 now, that'd have to be worth about, oh, a
    Austin Shackles, Sep 2, 2008
  16. And more. I've seen utterly immaculate ones make four figures. I know,
    they were never the best 250 out there, but they're selling today for
    the same reason they sold when new: they're available, they're one of
    the few bikes you're legally allowed to ride, if they're in decent
    nick (few are now) they're reliable and cheap to run and they still
    look like a nice big bike.

    I know that's another way of saying they're way too bulky, but it's
    what sold them in the 1970s/80s. You know Honda shifted 88,000 of the
    things in Britain?

    If you've passed your test on a 125 and you want a cheapish 33bhp
    bike, there's been bugger all produced in the last couple of decades.
    You've got, um, the current Honda CB250, a few 250-350cc dirt bikes,
    the new Kawasaki 250 (which isn't available used and cheap yet), the
    old Kwacker ZZR/GPX250 (both very rare), or the old 250s from way back
    If it's in clean running order with T&T, try £400.
    [email protected], Sep 2, 2008
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    A.Clews Guest

    Thus spake [email protected] () unto the assembled multitudes:
    I had a 250 Supersnail for about 4 years in the early 1980s and despite its
    obvious failings (obligatorily dodgy camchain tensioner, comstar wheels
    that were lethal in strong crosswinds, a rear hub that seemed bent on
    self-destruction, rockerbox studs that were about as hard as chocolate,
    front mudguard that rotted away before your eyes) it was a pretty little
    hack with a pleasant burble, and never let me down. Gutless motor, mind,
    especially when two-up: I always remember the howls of laughter when
    leaving a mate's place with the GF on the back, and the bike was parked on a
    very steep camber, uphill, and it wouldn't pull away. Had to turn it so it
    faced downhill instead...
    A.Clews, Sep 2, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    Ah, so you've bought as a money making proposition. Fair enough
    Christ, I didn't realise it was that many! I know they were really
    popular back then because they looked like a 'proper bike', while
    those of us in the know (even if we were only 18 ourselves) looked
    down our noses at them.
    Champ, Sep 2, 2008
  19. Well, so I was told. It was the UK's best-selling bike for at least
    two years, maybe three. It sold well between 1978 and 1981, which was
    the absolute boom time for UK registrations. From memory, some 320,000
    new bikes were registered in 1980. So say well over a million new
    bikes registered in the four years 1978-81. About one in eight was a
    250 Wet Dream.
    [email protected], Sep 2, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    As the bit of British history one least wants to be reminded of, that
    must come a close second to losing the Colonies (or Madonna achieving
    permanent residency).
    Guest, Sep 2, 2008
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