Honda CB92 Benly metal wall sign
Essential lowbrow art for your garage, lounge, hall or ... wherever
Specifications: Tin plate backing. Folded edges. UK made. 300mm x 400mm. High resolution image (1,400 dpi).
Instructions for use:
1. Remove carefully from the packaging.
2. Inspect the sign and feel pleased that you bought it.
3. Find a suitable spot on a suitable wall or door.
4. Position the sign thoughtfully using strips of masking tape if necessary.
5. Carefully mount the sign with nails or screws taking utmost care not to damage any part of the design (Tip: Use fibre washers both in front and behind the sign if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
6. Open a beer, light a fag, hug your partner or favourite pet.
7. Stand back and enjoy the sign and do this as often as time and convenience allows.
8. Drop us an email to let us know how satisfied you are.
9. Wipe the sign occasionally with a soft cloth (and wax it if you're the particular type or have an obsessive-compulsive tendency).
10. Tell your friends.
That's all that's required. The sign should still be fit for purpose long after you're gone, and we hope that's a long time into the future.
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hang on our own walls. If you have a problem with anything you buy from Sump, tell us and we'll sort it out. Pronto.
No fuss. No arguments.
Honda Benly? What the hell kind of name is that for a motorcycle?
We puzzled over that question for a while until we discovered that Benly, or Ben Lee (which is actually pronounced more like Ben Yee) is the Japanese word for "convenient".
Hence, the "Honda CB92 Convenient Super Sports"—which was very convenient for the people who designed and built it because this classic Japanese motorcycle helped put the country back on the map in the post-war years.
But it was pretty inconvenient for the British motorcycle industry because the CB92 Benly was a very well designed, game-changing machine that helped topple the big (and complacent) UK manufacturers such as AMC, BSA and Triumph.
Honda CB92 production
Built between 1959 and 1964, the 4-stroke, 125cc, single overhead camshaft (SOHC), CB92 Benly twin churns out a creditable 15bhp @ 10,500rpm and is capable of propelling the bike to 75mph.
Inspired by the contemporary NSU 250cc Rennmax, a little over 24,000 CB92 Honda Benly Super Sports were built. It was the successor to the lower-powered C92 and shares the same 44mm x 41mm bore and stroke, but runs a higher compression engine with a three-bearing 360-degree crankshaft (as opposed to two-bearing).
The chain-driven camshaft has a higher lift with a longer duration. The early bikes were offered with an 18mm Keihin power-jet carburettor, but on subsequent models this was increased to 20mm. Fuel economy was always in the high sixties to mid-eighties, and even more if you molly-coddled it.
Ignition was by coil with an auto-advance unit that worked a lot better than anything the British bikes were using.
The unit-construction engine featured a horizontally-split crankcase which helped keep oil on the right side of the aluminium, and made rebuilds easier.
Honda built this bike on state-of-the-art equipment and generally reinforced the engine in all the key areas. It was something of a giant killer and easily knocked down numerous British 250cc and larger machines.
Four gears were offered, all of them judiciously spaced to give excellent traction throughout the performance curve. But you needed to rev the bike to levels that would have been risky on many Brit bikes. Old school riders disliked that aspect and preferred the low-down torquey grunt of the more "traditional" Beezers and Ajays. But a new breed of rider had arrived which had no problem with the freer revving Benly.
The wet-multiplate clutch works well and is pretty much forgettable when set-up correctly. The primary drive is by helical gears. Final drive is by chain.
Benly electric starting
Starting was both kick and electric, which was rare if not unheard of. Just touch the button and the bike was alive, and was fairly noisy for such a small engine.
The styling was ... well, laughable to many riders of the day. There was nothing comparable from the British manufacturers. But as with the classic and original Volkswagen Beetle, buyers soon began to judge the machine on its own terms and appreciate it for what it was rather than for what it wasn't.
The single-leading-shoe drum brakes promised more than they delivered, and they could get a little spongy fairly easily with spirited riding. Suspension was better than average, but many riders criticised the damping which did little to help the unimpressive (but still reasonably acceptable) handling.
CB92 Benly chassis
Meanwhile, the pressed steel rolling chassis (frame, forks) was both its strength and its weakness. Yes, it made for a relatively strong and stiff construction. However, in later years rust would soon creep in and give the bike a reputation as a rot box (indeed, in its day the CB92 faced a losing battle with unwanted ferrous oxides).
But it was priced competitively at around £1 per cc, was better equipped than most of its rivals, didn't leak oil, and (mostly) didn't break down (a few teething issues notwithstanding on the early bikes).
These Benlys are constantly rising in value, and because of that, there are many fakes on the market; bikes that are cobbled together from earlier (and later) Hondas.
But our Honda CB92 metal sign is the real thing and will help put another classic in your garage, shed, living room or wherever.
It's printed direct to metal in the traditional way. And don't confuse it with cheaper rip-off designs. This is the real deal at the right price.
Will you like it when you see it? We think so. If we didn't, we wouldn't be flogging 'em.
We package these signs as well as we reasonably can, and we despatch as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours of ordering, and very rarely longer than 2-3 days if stock has run out and needs to be re-supplied.
Either way, we'll keep you posted. And if for any reason we can't supply your sign, we'll tell you without unnecessary delay and will refund your money in full.
And remember this if you will:
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