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I've got an old 60's Honda bike that I was always told to be a standard CB160, but now that I'm really looking into it, I'm not sure what it is.

It has the exhaust and chopped front fender of a CL160 Scrambler, but it has electric starts, and I was told it was a 1965, the year before they ever made a CL.

On top of all this, I cant find any where to decide the VIN, nor can I even find a similarly patterned VIN online. The VIN I have is "B160-1021435"

If anyone can shed any light on what this might be, please let me know

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Your VIN or actually a serial number is normal for a late 1965 CB160. There is no "C" before the "B" on the 160 street bikes. With that being said, someone has installed most of the normally installed Scrambler (CL160) parts on it. The CL160 that has a CL160-1xxxxxx type of serial number was only made in 1966. Beginning in 1967, (to make way for the new 175's ) Honda realized they needed to get rid of a lot of surplus CB160's and began having the dealers install Scrambler parts on the CB160. So the frames on these CL160D's, as they were called, still carried the CB serial numbers. Tanks, pipes, handlebars etc were changed to the earlier Scrambler style to help sell the excess stock. The "real" CL160's (1966) had gators on the front forks, those gators look like they're covering the normal forks for a CB160 or as they were called when dealers made the changes, a CL160D.
 

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Your VIN or actually a serial number is normal for a late 1965 CB160. There is no "C" before the "B" on the 160 street bikes. With that being said, someone has installed most of the normally installed Scrambler (CL160) parts on it. The CL160 that has a CL160-1xxxxxx type of serial number was only made in 1966. Beginning in 1967, (to make way for the new 175's ) Honda realized they needed to get rid of a lot of surplus CB160's and began having the dealers install Scrambler parts on the CB160. So the frames on these CL160D's, as they were called, still carried the CB serial numbers. Tanks, pipes, handlebars etc were changed to the earlier Scrambler style to help sell the excess stock. The "real" CL160's (1966) had gators on the front forks, those gators look like they're covering the normal forks for a CB160 or as they were called when dealers made the changes, a CL160D.
Awesome, thank you! As a follow up question, you wouldn't happen to know anywhereto decode one of weird pre-1981 VINs?
 

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Riz has fixed you up.I found the CL160 listed as being made in 66 and 67. That was at cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_CL160 But I could not find it at motorcyclespecifications.com Only the CB160 there. Choas said the CL did not have an E start, and your top speed is 50. The serial for a 66 CL160 starts at 1000001

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I've got an old 60's Honda bike that I was always told to be a standard CB160, but now that I'm really looking into it, I'm not sure what it is.

It has the exhaust and chopped front fender of a CL160 Scrambler, but it has electric starts, and I was told it was a 1965, the year before they ever made a CL.

On top of all this, I cant find any where to decide the VIN, nor can I even find a similarly patterned VIN online. The VIN I have is "B160-1021435"

If anyone can shed any light on what this might be, please let me know

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