This 1973 Honda CB175 Requires Complete Composure



“My first motorcycle was a Honda CBR600,” says Sarah Lahalih. “Part of the reason that I ended up with the bike that I’m riding today, the CB, is because I kind of struggled riding that 600 as my first motorcycle, as anyone would, without any proper instruction.”

“But I knew that from the first time I was on my own motorcycle that I would ride forever.”

Her “terrible” and “uncomfortable” 1973 Honda CB175 may be a humble classic machine, not to mention, “a little unpredictable and totally impractical,” but there’s good reason for why Sarah loves this bike.

“I’d been riding for almost two years without really knowing how to brake or corner, I finally took the course, it was really empowering for me—life changing—and so I went on to become an instructor for that course, and then quickly went on to open my own school, which I owned and operated for 10 years in Chicago.” In the meantime, she’s trained instructors to build motorcycle training courses for the U.S. military personnel, she’s a writer, an expert witness for motorcycle accident cases…and races them as well.

Her other passion? Boxing. A champion boxer for “three or four” years before losing a match, she sees many similarities between the two.

“I love the movement of both of them,” she says, “…but from a personality standpoint, every activity I’m involved with involve moments of complete composure until moments of rocket launches…those moments of glory”.

“Boxing and motorcycling are both really vulnerable activities because of the potential to get hurt,” Lahalih says. “It kind of teaches you how to be uncomfortable. If you’re willing to be uncomfortable, the reward is you get to drive and ride really awesome machines.”

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42 thoughts on “This 1973 Honda CB175 Requires Complete Composure

  1. R M says:

    I've owned a few smaller Honda CBs and they are great little screamers. Never that small, but I've had two CB350 fours and one CB550 four and a BMW R100/7. BMW has the power by far but those Hondas were way better city bikes.

  2. Rahul Atul says:

    liked the girl more than the bloody honda- keep up your good ride girl- cheers with your boxing too

  3. CRM6718 says:

    Blah Blah boxing….Where is the bike and it's story???

  4. A woman posts a video about a bike but spends the whole video talking about herself. I came here for the bike, I don't care about you.  Self-absorption = feminism.

  5. mark Johnson says:

    My type of women a tom girl but sexy as hell. M

  6. Dee Gee says:

    I wish I could have an old Japanese bike like that

  7. Nice bike. Where did you bought the front bag?

  8. Marshall Man says:

    Boxing crap ….. Focus on the bike !!!!!

  9. MJorgy5 says:

    Sarah, please share a few details about your race bike. Thank you!

  10. a wooden seat tho?

  11. futurenika says:

    show the goddamn bike, i cant care less about her boxing skills for fucks sake

  12. Sean Finkel says:

    For when you need a bike that puts half the weight on your wrists and the other half on your pu55i

  13. VietnamJuan says:

    lol i like how at the end she says the bike is terrible because of the wooden seat…change it??

  14. Hpv Pro says:

    That ramp is unnecessarily wide

  15. bountyhunt says:

    Finally a crap video :)

  16. VindalooSoup says:

    But what about the bike?

  17. Mechtech505 says:

    beautiful bike, magnifico shakes hand doing the Italian 3 fingers and thumb thing

  18. Armani Nguon says:

    She is bad ass!

  19. This depressed the shit out of me.

  20. Rick Murray says:

    I love to see gals who ride because they love it. There is something very appealing to me about gals who are athletic, energetic and smart. Sarah is all three. I'll bet if she tried a good one, she'd be a BMW Airhead convert. She's strong enough to handle one easily. Keep riding Sarah.

  21. I was really surprised and happy to hear her talk about how uncomfortable and impractical this bike is really to ride. I agree it looks like a million bucks and I am sure fun to drive. But if you are over 5'5 these bikes are not an everyday thing.

  22. pizzodk says:

    more motorcycle videos please :D

  23. key It's #nige meal XD

  24. John Smith says:

    I'm not surprised the focus was on such an amazing woman… A couple of minutes more on the bike, sure , but blimey…! And before you get up in arms about it, don't forget that these are stories being told not a bloody train spotters convention… Carry on with the Petroliciousness : )

  25. AKFGFan says:

    Damn you guys are Salty…

  26. Jimbo says:

    Who the fuck she thinks she is? I wanna know about the bike not how she quits her job and teach people how to ride a bike lmao…

  27. Ted H says:

    ~I think it's the title of the video that is misleading, thus getting the comments that it is from the public. I have a positive Suggestion: Re-title this video , "A Day and A Life of Sarah L"…..And then take clips of it and tie into a new title: " MY VINTAGE 1972 HONDA CB175 " (or something like that) OK, NOW BACK TO THAT '73 HONDA CB175~ I have a frame up restored 1969 CB175 K3 and I tuned into this channel to learn about your Bike and, too, found myself wanting more information…., How and Where did you find it, and more on what this bike does, how it handles, how it works for you..and do you take it on long trips. How is this bike different from your other bikes and what makes you want to keep it in your collection. Pic this bike apart and tell some stories about it.

  28. Nicely done bike.

  29. Carl Avory says:

    Is this about boxing or bikes!

  30. Mcgee moo says:

    I really enjoyed this one. (open's craigslist)

  31. Jora Lebedev says:

    "Me, me, me, I, I, I… Oh, and I ride a bike." sigh… whatever.

  32. Raven says:

    where is the bike. holy shit.

  33. Uncle Bobby says:

    Great little story, bravo.  The action shots on the CB175 remind me of some song lyrics, …red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme…

  34. Carlosiemon says:

    This website is about machines not boxing. This video has lost the meaning

  35. monzadh says:

    Petrolicious jumped the shark….

  36. Today i learned a cb175 is uncomfortable

  37. billy joe says:

    No, no, no, Petrtolicious, you are doing it wrong, you need not only this Honda, but also the 1991 NSX

  38. Fast Er says:

    This was more of a life story than being Petrolicious. The life story was interesting but wish you had connected it more to the bike/bikes she rode. Like one other story you had some year ago about a young lady that also had a bike. Thanks!

  39. ynk996 says:

    Awesome Video! that girl is a bad-ass! Really cool machine too, Keep it up, and thank you.

  40. robm425 says:

    I ride a 1971 CL175. It was my Dad's second bike and my first motorcycle. I love my 175 just wish it had better brakes but I am am not going to chop up my all original fully restored bike

  41. Dylan Thomas says:

    What kind of tailgate ramp was that she had for getting the bike out of the truck?

  42. jack chatham says:

    The only petrolicious vid I didn't make it all the way through :(

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