5th October 2021

1981 Honda bike with zero miles found and put up for auction

Back in 1981, an eager teen bought a Honda motorbike with big dreams of riding it. Unfortunately, it was short-lived as his disapproving father banned it... But now the pair have been reunited.

The 1981 Honda CB100N was bought brand new by the youngster in his youth while he lived with his parents. His father immediately forbid him to ride it but interestingly, he put the bike away in storage, instead of selling it on.

Fast-forward to 2021, the father of the unnamed owner has now sadly passed. His son, tasked with the job of clearing out his father's house in Somerset, was surprised to stumble across his old bike in storage, in immaculate condition.

He agreed to sell the time-capsule Honda to neighbour Graham Tozer who has now put it up for sale at auction. The bike still has its original tax certificate with an expiry date of July 31, 1982. The odometre displays that the exact mileage is a tiny four tenths of a mile.

Mr Tozer commented, “I'm a collector of classic bikes and cars, so six months ago my neighbour called me up and said they needed rid of it. He was born in the house and spent all of his life there. When he was a youngster he really wanted his own bike but when he brought it home his dad wouldn't let him ride it."

“He'd saved up for such a long time to buy it but his father just said, 'you're not going on that. You can stick it in the shed'.”

George Beale, a specialist at Charterhouse Auctioneers of Sherborne, Dorset, said, “These bikes were ordinarily used for commuting, so those which are still on the market from the 1980s tend not to be in the greatest condition. But with a little work this one could be like brand new, which is incredibly unusual for something so old.”

The Honda is being sold with a pre-sale estimate of £2,000 at the Haynes International Motor Museum on 14th October. Head to their website for more information.