A New Honda 305 Scrambler!
David Jones

Hixson, TN

#1 Apr 29, 2011
I've written to Honda twice and emailed them once about my idea to reintroduce the Honda 305 Scrambler. As of yet I haven't received any kind of response. I would like to know if there are others out there who agree with me. Below are exerpts from the letters I sent Honda:
To American Honda:
Over the last few decades, Honda and the other Japanese motorcycle companies have made a pile of money by copying Harley Davidson's classic V-Twin cruiser design. All this is well and good, but Honda, you're missing out on a golden opportunity! Back in the Sixties you had a classic of your own, and it's time for you to copy yourself! The Honda 305 Scrambler captured and defined an entire generation of motorcycle enthusiasts. The look, the sound -- if you didn't own one, you wanted one! Or at the very least, you wished your motorcycle sounded like a Honda Scrambler, instead of "ring-a-ding-ding-ding-di ng!" It may not have been the fastest motorcycle in its class, but it definitely was the coolest-looking, coolest-sounding, and not to mention cannon-proof reliable!
Yes, you're definitely missing out on a great opportunity. The Harley knock-offs are nice, but many of my generation (I'm sixty now) would love to recapture a bit of our youth by owning a Honda Scrambler. Proof in point, a restored Honda 305 Scrambler will go very quickly on E-Bay, fetching a price of $5,000 or more! Not too bad for a used, over forty-year-old motorcycle that only cost around $700 when it was new. And it isn't just my generation either. I'm sure that classic look and sound would have a strong appeal across generational lines. A Classic is a Classic is a Classic.
An additional point I'd like to make: Although I'm discussing motorcycles here, there is something germane to be considered from the experience of American car manufacturers. Decades back, when Ford downsized the Mustang, they discovered that their Mustang sales eventually flagged. The Mustang had ceased to look like a Mustang and pretty much looked like any other boxy compact car. But when they reintroduced the classic Mustang styling, their sales soared! Similarly, other American car manufacturers have brought back updated versions of some of their classic models and are having great success with them. Chevrolet has reintroduced the Camaro with the classic design elements of their original, Dodge has brought back both their Charger and Challenger, Plymouth has produced an updated version of their classic Road Runner, and there may be others that escape me at the moment. The point I'm making here is that there is a market for updated classics, and Honda is in a position to take advantage of that fact.
Honda should market an updated version of their classic 305 Scrambler!
David Jones

Hixson, TN

#2 Apr 29, 2011
This is what I think Honda should do:

- Produce two Limited Edition Tribute Scramblers -- a 305 in exact scale to the original, and a bigger one, perhaps a 650, with the same look as the original but scaled up a bit (most of us are bigger now than we were back then). As well as everything else, it's extremely important that the engine look exactly the same as the original, or as close as possible.

- It should be shoed with Dunlop K70 tires -- very popular way back when...and Dunlop still makes 'em!

- Naturally there are lots of technological innovations that could be incorporated -- state-of-the-art electronics, etc.-- but don't do anything to change the look or sound! A belt drive would be nice, for example, for low maintenance, and of course it should have a five- or six-speed gearbox and an electric starter.

- Don't make it water-cooled. Simplicity is the key. It maintains the original look, and keeping it air-cooled will help keep the cost down. Honda would sell a pile more that way.

- Stick to the original silver paint. That's part of the classic look. If anyone wants another color, they can do it themselves. That was half the fun anyway!

- I understand the desire to muffle the sound a bit. Honda has a good-neighbor image to maintain. But don't weld that ugly can on the end of the pipes like you did in the last few years of the 305's run. It spoils the look. Surely Honda can come up with something that doesn't show -- perhaps a muffler well-hidden behind the heat shield. Just don't muffle it TOO much!
steve

United States

#3 Nov 22, 2011
i owned two honda 305 honda scramblers, and one 305 super hawk and wished i would have kept all three. I am always looking on them on the net. what a bike, and i can still remember that sound 44 years later. I also found my original shop manual for my scrambler. Remember you allways meet the nicest people on a honda

Since: Nov 11

Garden Grove, CA

#4 Nov 22, 2011
I'd definitely get behind that! Have you tried posting in other Honda forums? Seems to make sense to revive a popular bike...especially when everything that is old is new. ;)
David Jones

Hixson, TN

#5 Nov 22, 2011
AWinter wrote:
I'd definitely get behind that! Have you tried posting in other Honda forums? Seems to make sense to revive a popular bike...especially when everything that is old is new. ;)
No, I haven't tried posting in other Honda forums. That's not a bad idea though. I did finally get an answer from Honda. They basically told me to forget about my idea. It didn't fit in with their current marketing strategy. I think if they got enough pressure from potential customers they might change their minds though.
Edster

United States

#6 Dec 11, 2011
A 650 305 would be great!I would be first on the list to buy. I am so bored by all the new bikes! All plastic!
I am glad I still have my 305 red scrabler am in the process of restoring my 305 Superhawk.
Lee

Smyrna, TN

#7 Jan 19, 2012
had a 67 305 scrambler, bought it new ($800 cash) I am 62 now and want another ( a305 and a 650 would be sweet)keep it gray & black just like then!
felix

Quartzsite, AZ

#8 Feb 4, 2012
im in the process of restoring my 66 305,bought it in 72 rode it last in 84 and has been in storage since.can't till it gets running again.and a 650 scrambler would be sooooo sweet
David Jones

Hixson, TN

#9 Feb 6, 2012
felix wrote:
im in the process of restoring my 66 305,bought it in 72 rode it last in 84 and has been in storage since.can't till it gets running again.and a 650 scrambler would be sooooo sweet
Great to hear that, Felix. One of my riding buddies from way back when had a '66 Scrambler. He wishes he still had it.

It would be great if Honda would make a 650 Scrambler, but I guess that isn't going to happen. I finally heard from Honda about my idea, but they said it didn't fit in with their current marketing strategy. But who knows? Maybe they'd change their minds if they heard from enough of us.
Bluffer

Corpus Christi, TX

#10 Feb 20, 2012
David Jones wrote:
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Great to hear that, Felix. One of my riding buddies from way back when had a '66 Scrambler. He wishes he still had it.
It would be great if Honda would make a 650 Scrambler, but I guess that isn't going to happen. I finally heard from Honda about my idea, but they said it didn't fit in with their current marketing strategy. But who knows? Maybe they'd change their minds if they heard from enough of us.
Id like to see them bring back the early 70s cb750 also. Wanna see the engine and a normal riding posistion.
Alan

Yelm, WA

#11 Mar 26, 2012
There are a bunch of baby boomers out there who remember that you meet the nicest people on a Honda. I have an ST 1100 now but I've always wanted a 305 scrambler. A 650 305 would be perfect!
John

AOL

#12 Jul 21, 2012
My first bike was a Honda S90 that I bought in 1965. It was a great little bike for a teenager to putter around town on. From that one I jumped up to Harley's. However, I've always liked the 305 Scrambler. Lately I'm been checking the vintage motorcycle sales and looking at the Scramblers.
I still have a 30 year old Harley and a 27 year old Honda 250 Rebel in my garage. I can't justify the cost, yet, for a 40 - 45 year old Scrambler, but I'm working on it!
Ernie Schaedlich

Westfield, MA

#13 Mar 15, 2013
Hi i used to work an i was sponcered by a honda dealer back in the 60,s i am now 65 years old an i realy think this person Idea is a great one people i know still go nuts for the old scrambler 305cc sound an looks they would sell like crazy there is alot of people out there trying to relive there past when god times were less exspencive an these bikes gave it to them back then an can do it again with the price of gas these old 250 an 305 cc bikes could sell real good again an be fun i know alot of older guys are restoring these old street scramblers if they can find them well have to go work on my 1955 chevy hotrod i use on week end car shows
JRC

Bellevue, WA

#14 May 18, 2013
owned a 305 scrambler back in the day. loved the pipes and sound when you opened the butterfly baffles.(except when the cops were around). also had a CA72 Dream(ugliest motorcycle ever made!). take a look at the 850 triumph scrambler, from a couple years back. look familiar?
scrambler crazy

Sugar Grove, IL

#15 Aug 8, 2013
The 305 was my 1st bike. I rode the heck out of it and alot of great memories.I took my cousin out with me one time and had him on the back started running through the gears,we hit this jump that was in the field we were in and were flying in the air.To our surprise landed safely.I saw that cousin for the first time in 30 years and that was one of the first things he brought up.It was also the first bike i tried running from the police on.That didnt go so well.Wound up with 7 tickets but it was still a great memory.I just gave it to my next door neighbor who has one thats in great shape.
Zero

Henderson, NV

#16 Aug 12, 2013
Loved the 305s, Scrambler and Superhawk. Had the Superhawk in hi school and it was a truly great, dependable bike. I'd buy one in a heartbeat if Honda reintroduced them. Need something between crotch rockets, dirt bikes, and heavy touring bikes.

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