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1966 Honda 305 Dream

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Scott in Classic, Other. 51 comments

The giant gold stickers on this vintage Honda Dream won’t be to everyones taste – in fact the Honda purists are probably experiencing convulsions right about now. But for Sascha Darius, it was a way to pay homage to how “rookie the build was”. You see, ‘Bush League’ means an amateur performance the opposite to the ‘Major League’; yet the bike definitely has something special about it. We were intrigued, so we asked him some questions:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Born in Toronto, Canada (The Great White North). I spent the majority of my youth surfing in Central and South America with my cousin. When I ran out of money (and excuses) I decided I needed to start working, so I got a job in finance and was relocated for work assignment in Vancouver where I spent the next year wrenching on my landlord’s Guzzi in exchange for his wife’s cooking. After a good run in Vancouver, I moved back to Toronto to be with a girl now my fiance. After a year of living together, she purchased me a 1966 Honda 305 Dream as a birthday present, that’s when I knew she was a keeper! We purchased a house near the water so I wouldn’t feel so landlocked and then she announced she was moving to Boston for her PhD so I did what any logical guy would do turned my living room into a motorcycle garage! That’s where the term Bush League came from; it was a really Bush League operation. All the right ideas, all the wrong tools!

Take us through the build of the bike.

The bike is actually the 3rd incarnation of a 1966 Honda 305 Dream. It is my first build (but 3rd bike) and I have to say it really pushed the limits of my commitment to motorcycles. I never knew how much I loved them until I built this bike myself.

The frame is stamped sheet metal, which made it very different to work with than a tubular frame. I started by getting the old paint off (at a place that polishes tomb stones) and then dropped it off to my good friend Paul Dutra to weld on the new seat brackets, weld all the cracks in the sheet metal, cut a few holes in the fenders, and weld in the new gas tank bung. Some of the other mentionable parts on it are the whitewall firestones and all the bits were picked up from my buddies Herm and Jason at Dime City Cycles.

The wiring harness couldn’t be used because of the removal of the key ignition (replaced with a 1UP arcade button) so I had to rewire it entirely which took countless hours and made the inside of the bike look like a birds nest until I got it cleaned up and organized. The bike now fires with a combination of the switch on the side of the bike and the arcade button mounted on the side of the headlight housing.

I had every bit of chrome on it replaced with nickel plating to bring it’s luster back and polished all the metal bits after stripping the factory engine paint off it. I rebuilt the carb and clutch as it ran like a bag of crap when I got it and now she fires on one kick no sweat. The bike was originally red, but my friend Jeffe shot it in an Oriental Blue Candy Concentrate (white base coat) and it has Bush league written down the forks in gold leafing as tribute to the rookie operation we were running to get this thing back together.

I originally had aftermarket pipes on it but after a few discussions with Dutra, we decided it would look better if it was only the headers, so we just weld the baffles straight into them and he put a subtle flare on the tips of the headers.

The intention of this build was to push the boundary of motorcycle classifications with a vintage motorcycle. It looks like a bobber cafe, but doesn t really fit either category entirely. It has lots of character in the details and is a lot of fun to boot around on.

Did you sketch, Photoshop, or just go with the flow while building?

No Photoshop or sketching, but I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to build and a lot of flexibility to change that vision if I encountered a significant roadblock. If asked to break it down, I would say the build was 60 percent imagination, 35 percent planned, 10 percent ignorance, and 5 percent blind stupidity. That’s right, it equals 110% – It’s just that kickass!

Did you have any help building the bike?

Absolutely, I have a few good friends that I have to pay homage to for their help:
AJ – The little lady in my life. (No comment – Andrew)
Cam – Couldn’t have put humpty dumpty back together again without you bro.
Dutra – Great fabricator and friend who stood by me on this build from start to finish.
Dre – Countless hours of talking smack over assembly.
LoudMouse – Keep the cheap beer stocked I’m going to pay you a visit.
TD Visa – For raising my credit card limit when things got expensive.
Forums – All the wrenches on and
Shops – Dutra Customs the seat and bars significantly changed the riding position making it more aggressive. It feels like you are tightly seated because your knees are so high and your arms are so low when riding it. The new rear suspension made it feel unforgiving on bumps but that s the way I like it I want to know if I’ve run over something irregular, maybe that’s the old sport bike owner in me speaking. It’s only a 305cc bike but when you combine the ride height, seating position, sound, and add in a rebuilt motor it feels like a giant.

Any lessons you’ve learnt from the build?

Yes, I got owned by this bike at times. For anyone considering building a bike, here’s a few tips:
– Paint can be scratched during assembly, it does more damage to your soul than the bike.
– If you have soft hands at the end of your build, you did something wrong.
– If your mom/girlfriend says “No”, chances are it’s going to make you cooler.
– Everything on a motorcycle performs a mechanical function, figure out what that function is and you will understand what’s not working correctly.
– Make rookie mistakes early, as later on in the build they become expensive mistakes.

If money was no object, what would be your ultimate motorcycle?

It’s really tough to say, I have a fondness for a few different bikes but I would probably go with one of the following:
– 1990 GSXR750 for the Retro factor
– 1940’s Norton Manx it was built with such purpose
– 1970’s Harley Davidson XR750 It s a legend…who doesn t want that in their garage?!
– The Beezerker built by Chris Flechtner from Speed Shop Design

What’s next for you?

Tough to say, I will probably turn out some wild machine again in a year, maybe a Triumph Bonnie next time that bikes does something to me.

  • Comgrats, Slice. Well deserved.

  • KrookStreetRacing

    No, I don't like the gold graphics (I'm in the advertising business and brain washed into cringing at anything else than black Helvetica Neue on white background)…

    …but I really like the rest!

  • Emaychee

    everything but the type. really.

  • drek

    I like it. I really do. I mean it was a bit of a shock once the page loaded–those 60s Hondas are like religious icons to me–but he had a complete vision with the bike and nothing really looks bad. Even the paint and the font, I think it gives it a neuvo-retro vibe. Maybe not a geniune Big Band-Swing era bike, but I could imagine somebody in a zoot suit riding this around in late 90s So Cal. I want to hear this bike in action.

    And I'm stealing the arcade button idea. Clarify, does it just replace the "start" button?

  • S.C.

    I thought the correct term was "Busch League" and it was a reference to the former NASCAR Winston Cup under-card, the Busch League. At least I hope to God that it is.

  • Sascha


    RE: The arcade button – It replaced the ignition and key mechanism… The starter button was on the bars (which has since been removed). I have about 7 extras if you need one (I can send it out to ya) and I would be happy to talk you through wiring it… Just flip me an email at

  • drek

    That's awfully kind of you sir–but I'm still too busy riding the hell out of my bike (78 honda cb125) to take it apart just yet. 😀

  • C-DAWG!

    Dam sexy bike..! I DIG!
    Your photog has killer skills too..


  • Sascha

    FACT – Cam (photographer) AKA RustyOlive on Flickr is the man!

  • Scott

    @S.C The definition on Wikipedia and Urban Slang for 'Bush League' is: "A slang term used to describe play that is of minor league or unprofessional quality.

    But, I think you are right. It originally started as 'Busch League' referring to NASCAR. It has just evolved over time.

  • dan

    "All the right ideas and all the wrong tools"….Sorry i can see and appreciate the love that has gone into this build but i think its the other way around……Tell me why you chose those stickers

  • Kim of Copenhagen

    I keep seeing God in the details. And when that comes from an Atheist….

  • Sascha

    @Kim – Haha, well put – I apprecaite the 'belief' you have in it… 😉

  • Zak

    No mention of the microphone tail light? Pretty fucking sweet. How'd u go about making that?

  • kik

    sweet sweet ride, perfect!

  • jack

    Dont fix something if it aint broke. Best advice my dad ever gave me. The honda dream is a great classic, why did you feel the need to alter such a classic machine until it resembles something else entirely?

    I'm a bit of a honda purist so excuse me if anybody takes offense, but this is one ugly bike, you should have left the original seat on and used red, white or black instead of the candy blue. The gold stickers are what really lets it down, along with all the gimmicky things like the tail light, gas cap, arcade button, they add a sort of ironic humour that has grown incredibly old these days.

    Looks like your trying very hard to have a "unique" custom, even if it means falling short in the style department. There is still something to be said for subtlety.

    Its refreshing to see such devotion to a project bike, but its all a bit over the top in my opinion.

  • Septic the Sceptic

    All that work on a near resto, then ruining it with the stupid fashion statement handlebars.

  • baader

    I have only seen a few restored bikes here, while the rest has been customs. Honda dream is a classic but so are most of the bikes seen here. And people seem to have the need to alter them too. I sure appreciate someone with a vision, and seeing other bikes than those endless cookie cutter CB´s. (no offence to anyone with a cb)

    The only thing I don´t like is the seat, but once it under someone I´m sure it looks fine. The "stickers" look like real leaf work, which I hope they are.

  • Den

    Hmm, nice bike ruined with paint and graphics in my opinion. To each their own, If we were all the same the world would be a very dull place and we would not have anything we find unattractive to get worked up about, but Jeez I really dislike that paint and graphics.

  • Andrew

    I've always loved that circle cut-out on the Dream's cooling fins – anyone know what's up with that? Something to do with the placement of the spark plugs?

  • mothgils

    Love it man! Way to think outside the box! I enjoyed watching the build on DTT.

  • Sascha

    @Jack – Some of the most well known honda purists actually helped me with this build… they all said that they got to do things that they never thought they would do to a Honda and they had fun with it! I absolutely agree with you that there is something to be said about the subtle details, the way I like to see it is a collection of a LOT of details… I appreciate the feedback regardless!

  • Sascha

    @Baader – stickers outline and goldleafing inlay. They are removable (intentionally) as I know that in time I will probably remove them to go with something a little more tame but for now, they stay!

  • Sascha

    @Den – You know, the paint was a really 'radical' choice for this bike so I understand your sentiments, I originally considered going with a rootbeer brown/orange and when I saw the oriental blue swab – I just pointed to it and said 'thats the one'. Paint is a very personal thing, it will suit some and not others… It just felt right at the time (and still does).

  • Sascha

    @Moth – Thanks for the DTT love bro!

  • Mattro

    like, wow.

  • peter

    I never really liked those hondas, but I think this is even making them worse, but it looks like good work, the only thing that reminds me at 14 year old sccoter tuner kids are the switches on the left ssidecover, why couldnt you use smaller ones and maybe only one sort, and the would be better looking if they were somewhere hidden, even on the sidecover they would be better
    anyhow, respect for the work

  • I agree with making and knowing about the mistakes early on, it would really save you a lot on cost. I have a biker boyfriend and I really can't understand why living rooms have to be turned into a garage. The only furniture you an sit down on is the bed! Anyway, he's my bf and I've learned to accept him that way.

  • sascha

    @Cynthia – Haha, its something only bike people (without garages) can understand! Good on you for accepting it though. 😉

  • Black Swan

    This bike is unreal! Nuff said.

    Also, the term was NEVER "Busch League." It always has been, and always will be "Bush Leage," which refers to minor league baseball. Come on now!

  • sascha

    @BlackSwan – Agree with you on the term 'bush leauge'… bush refers to being out in the bush or sticks (minor) not city league.

  • AAron

    Sascha, Great bike i read your post on Motorcycle pic of the day. I built the red 65 cl77 if you like to get in touch Nice job on your build

  • Chris

    I like the pic with the "no parking at any time sign" in the background! 😉

  • Sascha

    @Aaron – Likewise, I will drop you a line soon:

  • Joee

    super rad bike maaan. i would have drilled or slotted holes on the brake hubs to flow with the fenders and maybe add some chrome or black mess behind the fenders for more contrast. those bars + rear camera angle is to die for! cheers, 2 shots for you! Stamped Pimpness

  • antikool3

    I think this Bike is "TITS"…I''ve got a 65 and re'doin the seat and putting straight pipes custom emblems and winkers ., I'm interested in your seat bracket?, could you share the spec's or a close-up?…Hats Off!….Antikool,E.L.A.,Ca.

  • Sascha

    Hey Antikool3…
    Its a welded on biltwell bracket… Universal fit with a seat to match the patterning of the bracket.
    Good luck with your build… post a link so I can check in on uopdates!

  • yes me

    buenos nachos mr sasch : P when i first seen your (bush league) masterpiece i was like whatheF@#% IS THAT ;….} and i was mind blown : ^ o my heart told my brain im in love i have to have one of those were can i buy one i said?? After aweek of sleep less night's doing research i hit a brick wall ;…( found out i had to build one that really broke my heart ;…. ( i drop to my knees and screem to the heaven's above me whyyyy!!!!!!!! WHY ME!!!!!!!! : ^ ) i hardly know how to play lego whit my 5 year old kid and he's better than me and the only tools i have is one of those knife's with a screwdriver,scissors and a soda opener……To make the story short : ) since i have no experience i got me a dream 305 with 394 milles in mint condition ima send it to a proshop and tell them i want mind's to loooookkk as kooool and jawdropin : ^ [ ] as your's and maybe just maybe all the chrome and rims ill change to glossy black and a cafe racer dual seat soo i could ride't whit my fiance ….. just propose to her 5 hrs ago after 9 years a 2 and 5 year old crazy life AND IM JUST 20


  • Alain

    VET MAN, means in Dutch something like cool , i like this bike even when it is not in original condition.
    These handlebars incredibble weird but cool.
    Whish you a lot of fun with the bike.
    I own a dream c76 from 1960 in almost 100% original condition and will keep it like that as a purist i am.

    greetings; Alain from Lelystad Netherlands

  • alfredo chies

    Hacía mucho tiempo que no veía una máquina tan hermosa y un trabajo tan bien logrado.

  • Sascha

    Mucho Gusto Senior Alfredo Chies!

  • don nold

    After you polished all the aluminum, what measures did you take to prevention corrosion? Clearcoat? Name of Clearcoat? and how does it hold up.

    ps: you did an awesome job.

  • Bob

    I was interested in finding out where you found white wall tires for the bike. I've looked around and have been unsuccessful in finding them. Love the bike.

  • Hamis7 de Uruguay,me facinó esta moto.
    Soy Hamis y estoy restaurando un motor honda 305,
    año ,63 -65 y necesito la leva de platino ,podrias ayudarme amigo?
    Muchas gracias ,y de nuevo felcitaciones ,…
     es una hermosa moto!!!
                       Saluda atte  Hamis                   

  • Chavo

    Hi, Im the process of turning a 305 into a cafe bike, what is the size of the tube for the handlebars? no one i’ve asked seems to know..

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  • skipper50

    Gorgeous! That’s all I got to say. And I’m old enough to remember them when they were new. Great colour, brilliant details and THE STICKERS TOTALLY WORK!

  • Oliver Seibert

    love the classic 305 but… well, you know just look at it

  • Henry

    Im working on my 305 dream. I wanted to wanted to upgrade the slide throttle system with a newer updated throttle system. What parts did you use?

  • nthemilitary

    Nice Dream Man!!!!!!!!

  • HolyRoller

    Absolutely beautiful.
    No signals on the front end… is that b/c of the age? In Ontario, are they required of a bike that old? Also, where did you source the Firestone tires?
    I am in Ontario, have two CA77 projects ongoing, this is a real inspiration.
    I am not a Honda purist or I suppose I would have fallen off my chair!