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‘63 Honda C110 – Dauphine-Lamarck


Posted on March 11th, by Andrew in Moped, Racer. 15 comments

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‘Jolie laide’ is a unique French expression that is often used to describe someone or something that is unconventionally attractive. The direct translation into English is ‘ugly beautiful’, but you’d be mistaken if you were to think that the phrase was a case of damning with faint praise. It’s been used in reference to some of the world’s most beautiful women, include Sofia Coppola and the remarkable Charlotte Gainsbourg. And today we’d like to use it in reference to something else rather remarkable. Meet the most ugly beautiful bike we think we’ve ever seen, Dauphine-Lamark’s unconventionally beautiful ‘69 Honda C110.

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“This is my new time machine,” say’s DL’s Philippe Ricaud. “It’s a 1963 C110 that eats 125s for breakfast. I brought this bike on the internet for $50. The engine was dead but the overall condition of the frame was rather good so I took her home.”

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“For this bike I wanted to create a simple, fuss-free racer. I also decided to create it with Honda NOS parts. I started with the engine and installed an S65 piston and a 16mm carburetor with nice, big jet. She goes all the way up to 60mph now, which is pretty exciting if you happen to be on board.”

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“Next I decided to reduce and reinforce the front forks, which really made the bike look more trimmed down and lean. I also reversed the handlebars, added some sporty Michelin tires, and topped it off with some cool Takegawa grips.”

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“Dauphine-Lamarck’s speciality is 60s, 70s and 80s Honda motorcycles; we aim to make our bikes accessible, especially for suburban Parisians, and therefore we often choose smaller Hondas. The Philosophy of DL is all about the passion for the history of objects, or the beauty of their past. What can we do with these beautiful old things? Honda have a lot of popular two-wheelers under 126cc with beautiful histories. And the best part is that people still appreciate them, in spite of modern influences.”

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“I think that the motorcycles we create correspond more to a way of life than to some specific genre or type. Hopefully that shows in this build. I hope your readers enjoy it.”

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[Photos by Ana Le Lardic]





  • itsmefool

    xx

  • Paul McM

    Umm, well, the tires have a nice tread pattern, and the frame paint seems well-done. Beyond that, I would actually enjoy launching it off the end of a pier, to “swim with the fishes”. Not ‘Jolie laide’ . Just plain moche.

  • Glocker

    If they had gone the extra step and found/made a light for the front of it that was close to the shape of that grill on the front, it would be complete. But that final touch is missing in my opinion and makes it look unfinished.

  • Fantome_NR

    Love it! But yeah, it needs a headlight. As cool as the naked front fork is, I don’t see how you can get around that fact.

  • bob-o

    I don’t know bikes like this make me thing endo! i just see monkey F****Y a football and flying over the bars! I have to say I really love custom Bikes but not so much this style.

  • Pedro

    I love it! Very french indeed!

  • nathas909

    Sorry that seat just throws everything thing out the window when it comes to proportions, I can’t really tell if it works until they change that seat.

    • Cash Burnett

      It looks like a hunchback.

  • Geno

    What am I looking at?

  • Cash Burnett

    I rarely see a bike that I can’t find something positive to say about, but this is apparently that bike. I don’t care for it at all.

  • Tommy Stone

    Yet another garbage bike….getting your bike on pipeburn is starting to be like getting first place in the special olympics…

  • Mrwalker

    Hey, I have a honda c100 49cc pushrod engine. Just got it bored to fit the s65 piston, but I can’t seem to find anywhere that talks about how much you need to shave off the piston head. Don’t mean to hijack, but any help would be greatly appreciated

  • Walkerl

    Hey, I have a honda c100 49cc pushrod engine. Just got it bored to fit the s65 piston, but I can’t seem to find anywhere that talks about how much you need to shave off the piston head. Seems like you did it successfully. Don’t mean to hijack, but any help would be greatly appreciated

  • krunch

    I love this.

  • chopper

    looks cool, ofcourse I have always like the c110 and board track builds. But the seat throws this build off get rid of the hump and the back it serves no purpose, then of course there is the head light situation…..Honda offered many different styles that would go well with the minimalist approach of this bike.