Are you ready to hit the open road?
Go back to a time when motorcycles were simpler and really put you in touch with the road, thanks to this 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler. The level of preservation on this bike is truly amazing, instantly transporting you decades into the past as you twist the throttle and seek out unbridled adventure. Valenti Classics has kindly provided the opportunity to own a piece of the past.
It’s easy to admire the original Candy Topaz Orange paint job with a striking white stripe, which wears its patina with a ruggedness you just don’t get on a new motorcycle. A few paint chips exist, which is to be expected on such a bike, but they are truly few for the age. Chrome on the low-mounted fenders, exhaust, and other key details really dresses up this ride in the right ways while contrasting with the black heat shield on the muffler and the black leather seat.
Nice, smooth acceleration comes from the efficient 174cc OHC parallel twin cylinders engine, paired to a 5-speed transmission for a surprisingly modern setup. Thanks to two 20mm Kehin carburetors, the engine kicks out a stout 19.7-horsepower. Because of the 5-speed, the CL175K4 is just as comfortable and capable whether you’re cruising down the highway or you hit a dirt trail with plenty of bumps. Speaking of off-roading, the 8-inch ground clearance and skid plate for the sump both help with rough terrain.
Because this Honda weighs a mere 275 pounds, has a 50-inch wheelbase, and isn’t super powerful, it’s a great way to get comfortable on two wheels or to just enjoy a more refined riding experience. The 31-inch seat height is ideal for comfort while the 2.4-gallon tank provides about 150 miles of range.
The CLK175K4 Scrambler was well-loved by riders seeking a simple, fairly fast and versatile motorcycle to ride just about anywhere. 1970 was the first year Honda used a full double-cradle frame, making this bike even more historically important.