1969 HONDA CA195 BENLY

The before image is a liar — she’s a basketcase.

I bought this bike for my wife. The Benly is about 7/8 size and perfect for a smaller rider. But, it’s a different kind of bike and a different kind of build.

The Benly has a stamped steel frame and due to a battery explosion, needs some rust repair — so, I get to put some miles on the MIG. Also, the chrome on the wheels was the worst I’ve ever seen on a bike that hasn’t been sitting in a farmer’s field. So, I bought some new hoops and took my wheel building skills out for a spin. Surprisingly easy — just like lacing bicycle wheels. The last challenge … sheet metal. Because of the low height of the flared fender bottoms, Benly fenders  always get bent up. They don’t like jumpings down curbs. So, I learned how to hammer and dolly on this project. All of the sheet metal was pretty grimy and lots of hidden surface rust so I took it out for media blasting and a powder coat primer. Lastly, the mufflers were swiss cheese.

Big project! I hope to have it wrapped up by mid summer.

Enjoy the pix and check in for new ones as I make progress!