1965 Honda CB160
owner: Dean Willoughby
Two-hundred fifty dollars and a road trip to the Oregon coast began my alliance with an amazing little machine. A true NoPo garage bike, long hours transformed Honda’s “you meet the nicest people” icon into a snarling, snapping, surprisingly competent racing machine. I rebuilt the engine, fabricated the aluminum tank and fairing, rearsets, battery box, engine vent catch can and Jimi Hendrix sprocket cover. Building wheels, welding an exhaust system, arcing brake shoes, rebuilding forks, other subtle mods and a rattle can paint job brought the small beast to life.
This bike has been my ticket to Laguna Seca, Sears Point, Miller and other incredible tracks. I have raced it for seven years, won a championship and crashed it twelve times.
It is, and always will be, my favorite motorcycle.