1978 Honda C70 Passport from United Kingdom
Usual Honda, a disappointment
Constant battle to keep the ignition points in spec.
Battery won't charge.
Drinks fuel quicker than many larger machines.
Timing chain rattles on tickover. Fixed by adjusting the tensioner.
Rear suspension is noisy.
Uses oil constantly.
I am thoroughly disappointed with this motorcycle, and like all the other Hondas I've owned, this one is no exception in the sense it is in the category of some of the worst I've ever owned.
The fuel economy is terrible at 60 miles for four liters. This equates to less than 70 miles per gallon.
The three speed gearbox could do with an intermediate gear between 2nd and 3rd, as there is a huge jump from 2nd to 3rd.
The seat is a bit narrow.
The motorcycle handles quite well, thanks to the low center of gravity offered by the horizontal engine design.
The six volt electrics are good enough to be useful, in the sense the indicators can be seen when on.
Top speed is not good at less than 40mph, and the machine struggles to get anywhere near 40mph.
Certain physical features of the machine are quite handsome, such as the mid mounted side light and the shield shaped speedo.
The Yamaha Townmate T80 I had before was far better, as it easily achieved 130mpg all the time, had a five liter tank, felt more sturdy, had a shaft drive, was more comfortable, and did between 45-50mph, but it was stolen by some scum bag, so hence why I have been punished yet again by ending up with a Honda.
I've had many bikes in my time, and the worst ones have been the Hondas. I will not buy another Honda again. By god I miss my Townmate. My colleague has a Honda CBR600, and he's always being left stranded, and he wishes he'd kept his Kawasaki.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th April, 2012
The only thing you have to know about the remarkable Honda C70 is this...
Honda's are the best. You must buy all the clapped out ones. They're built better full stop, and go forever.