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The Honda CA95 / Benly 150 Restoration The little brother to the CA160 in our family of Hondas

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Unread 02-17-2013, 08:03 AM
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Default C95 vs CA95 Handlebars

My original C95 handlebars are bent and welded thanks to my youthful inexperience (and a patch of black ice). They're usable, but I'd like to upgrade to new(-ish).

I've got an original set from a CA95, but those bars are different. They don't have the holes for the signal lights, and the throttle cable hole is in a completely different location. Those problems are seemingly small ones since it would be a simple task to drill two holes for the signal lights. But I did a "test mounting" of the signal lights before doing that, and discovered that the slight angle difference of the two bars makes the signal lights sit at a slight angle, which I know would bug the hell out of me.

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So, back to eBay to source handlebars. I haven't seen original C95 bars come up lately, and notice the reproductions from Thailand come in the two different flavours, so one would be wise to double check this before ordering.

I also note the reproductions use a slightly different throttle cable holder with a wide notch mounting system instead of the narrow notches that my OEM has. Again, no problem since this can be sourced out of Thailand as well.

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So, the question... has anyone purchased a C95 Thai handlebar and can confirm it matches OEM specs for size/angles?

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Unread 02-17-2013, 12:31 PM
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The bars on your CA95 are bars from a Honda 90 Trail bike, 64 or 65 (IMO). I have purchased the trail 90 bars in the past. The newer bars have the oval cable stop insert, which may be an improvement over the slotted type.

I have seen the Thai bars and they look the same angle, but I did not actually measure them.

I recently rebuilt a set of bars in sad shape. The owner drilled the holes. He bought the cheap plastic lights. But just for an example:


If I did not have a couple of original bars waiting to be chromed, I would buy the Thai bars and the oval slotted stop.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 01:42 PM
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Honda 90 bars. Humh, that explains a lot. They came off a CA95 being parted out, but I guess they themselves were transplants from some long ago story.

Bike restoration is like archaeology. I hope whoever is wrenching my bike 50 years from now will appreciate my efforts.


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Unread 02-27-2013, 11:14 AM
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Hey Spokes

How much is it running you to re-chrome the bars? Willing to let one go?

Chris
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:52 PM
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I have not gotten quotes yet. The bars are sandblasted and very pitted. So it may be better to get new asian bars.
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Unread 03-06-2018, 04:12 AM
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For future readers, answering my own original question from the beginning of this thread... " has anyone purchased a C95 Thai handlebar and can confirm it matches OEM specs for size/angles?"

Yes, the bars I purchased from eBay/Thailand match the original exactly.

The only issue is that the chrome makes the bars a bit "fatter" than the original, meaning the controls now longer fit tightly together as from the factory. You'll have a very slight gap, not enough be be detracting except to the perfectionist.

That could be solved with a slight amount of machining, but I decided to leave well enough alone.
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