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When the elite at Shepster Towers mentioned The Gentleman’s Scrambler, eyebrows were raised. With a colossal 28 horsepower – read ‘em and weep! – in a parallel-twin 305cc engine, Honda had designed that rare, pretty scrambler that wasn’t really meant for leaving the hallowed ground of the pavement. You could absolutely go off-road if one wished, with it’s grippy ‘universal’ tyres providing some element of traction, yet one had a feeling the modern gentleman would be using the exhaust for less sporting performance, and more instead for drying tweed socks and burning inner thighs.
Limb roasting aside, this venerable machine actually had pedigree. In 1962, two CL722’s, the precursor to the CL77’s, raced along the Baja Peninsula to pump up the advertising in America for the Japanese company. This was the prelude to the famous Baja race, in which a modified Honda 350 won the Baja 1000 in 1968. A relative of the Honda Super Hawk, the CL77, according to the excellent Rider Magazine, was launched for reasons unknown, most likely to tackle the Yamaha 305cc Big Bear. It sold in modest numbers. If you did happen to purchase one, undoubtedly bursting with pride, it famously came without any kind of muffler, ensuring all your neighbours not only knew you’d purchased a CL77, but you were also a bit of a prick. Later versions would include some noise deadening as standard, which sounds far more gentlemanly.
The CL77 had a few differences to it’s relation though, with increased ground clearance, decreased fuel tank capacity, 19-inch wheels and a bigger, sturdier frame in case some mad-bastard actually did try to venture off the track. Thinking the CL77 was probably as flighty as a hummingbird after six pints of Red Bull, it weighed a good 159 kg. But then again, it had the luxuries of a centre-stand, and reliability of a kick-start rather than electric nonsese. There was an elongated seat for any number of passengers, and the instrument cluster wasn’t inundated with the same kind of flannel you see today. No fuel guauge, no rev counter, no indicators. There was one dial, and it showed you all the miles per hour. That’s it. Which really is just a well since with fairly weak drum brakes front and rear, stopping wasn’t guaranteed, so you could precisely measure the speed you ran over the serfs.
Want to know the details of stripping one down? Check out the Honda twin page here, absolutely a page after our own heart.