Foggy's first bike restored: Carl Fogarty asks NMM to fix his 1970s Honda C50

Foggy and James

Published on 16 June 2015 by Gill

Four-time world superbike champion Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty is having his very first motorbike restored by the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

The Honda C50 was the product of Honda dealer Ken Martin, who made the bike for his son Chris around 1972. Indeed, the specially manufactured tank badges still read “motochris” in recognition of the little bikes first owner.

Purchased from Ken Martin in 1975 by Carl’s dad George, the bike was given to Foggy for his 10th Birthday.  

Recently re-united with the bike after nearly 40 years, Foggy was looking to get the machine restored and phoned Museum Director James Hewing.

Speaking of the call James recalled: “I have worked with Carl in the past and was really pleased that he thought of the Museum’s restoration team to restore the bike for him. 

“We have restored everything from the earliest and rarest veterans through to superbikes of the 1970s but never anything like this!”  

Foggy commented: “It’s in a rough state but I know the lad’s at the Museum will restore it back to just how it was when my dad gave it to me back in 1975.”