Category Archives: Junkyard Dogs

Just old motorcycles and bicycles rusting in piece

1970 Honda CT90 Junkyard Dog

It all started like so many bad ideas with an Ebay auction, followed by a six hour car ride the day after the auction ended. I had been sort of casually looking for a Honda CT90 or CT110, not to restore but just to get running and ride it around on the farm and at bike shows. At last years AMCA Southern National swap meet in Denton N.C. I missed 2 of them that were in my price range by just a matter of minutes. In fact when I spotted one of them and started walking towards it another gentleman had who was much closer walked up and handed the seller cash and they were filling out the paperwork by the time I got there. Since I’m always scanning online sales sites, backyards, junkyards, and trash piles for interesting stuff, I knew sooner or later a Honda CT90 or 110 would cross my path for the right dollar amount.

Honda CT90 Junkyard Dog

This one popped up on Ebay down in Ladson S.C., it was not running and missing a lot of parts, but I bid what I thought it was worth and was pleasantly surprised when it actually sold for what it was worth and didn’t run up to a stupid price like things do on Ebay sometimes.

Rough Honda CT90

I’m going to confess that I staged the rest of these pictures the next day after work, but the surroundings seem to work really well and you really can almost imagine stumbling across something like this abandoned in the woods.

1970 Honda CT90 Speedometer

She hasn’t traveled far in 47 years, only 3,353 mile on the odometer.

Honda CT90 missing parts

The muffler and battery box are gone, and the wiring harness is a bit of a mess, but the engine still turns free.

1970 Honda CT90 left rear view

One of the coolest features of the early Honda Trail bikes like the CT90 was the rotating handlebar mounts designed to make them easier to transport on bumper mounted motorcycle carriers. You pulled up on the big lever in the center of the bars and then you could turn the bars sideways for more room.

Rotate Handlebars Honda CT70

Another great feature that was introduced in the middle of the 1967 model year was a dual range transmission giving you a total of 8 forward gears. Low range was for serious off road work and the high range was for normal trail and road use. A lot of people swap Lifan engines into them for more power and reliability but my plan is to keep the original engine just so that it will still have the dual range transmission.

Honda CT90 in the woods
Honda CT90 in the woods!

That’s it for now, I’m going to check it out further and will keep you informed on the progress as it happens. I also have another antique motorcycle project going that I haven’t shown on this blog yet but it has been all over my Facebook page & Instagram if you want to check those out.

Peace Y’all

 

’77 Honda CT70 A Junkyard Puppy!

This ones a little bit too small to be a dawg

<CT70 in back of Tacoma>

That’s why I’m calling it a puppy. I’ve been searching for a Honda ST or CT motorcycle to restore for a while now, so when this 77 Honda CT70 popped up on the local Craigslist for a bargain basement price I jumped on it asap. When searching for gems like this, if you find one going (relatively) cheap you should be prepared to go see it immediately.

<Junkyard fresh Honda>

It’s got a lot of neglect but still it should be a very cool project. The person I bought it from had started to restore it somewhat with some fresh Chevy engine orange spray paint & new decals. Then they painted all of the chrome black. Unfortunately, they could never get the engine to run so they just gave up & lost interest in it.

<ct70 messed up wiring>

<damaged Honda CT70>

I have no clue how the left handlebar was broken, but that’s okay, it will replaced with a N.O.S. or authentic reproduction. The plans for this one are very simple, it will be as close to a concours quality restoration as I can get it. There will be some internal upgrades to the engine, steering, & suspension but the outward appearance will be 100% box stock.

<Honda Mini Trail 70>
Mini Trails Rule!

Thankfully there’s still plenty of new old stock parts left out there along with tons of reproduction stuff

<Mini Trail needs restoration>

If you drink a beer or two, and squint at this picture long enough you can almost see a restored 77 Honda CT70.  Can’t wait to get started on it.

Peace Y’all

BTW, if you don’t have time money & space for the real thing, why don’t you try one of these little gems below.

 

1957 Zundapp Junkyard Dog

Here’s some real motor archeology for you, a 1957 Zundapp. I am fairly certain that it is a Super Sabre, feel free to let me know if I’m wrong.

Zundapp Motorcycles were built in Germany beginning in  1919. The KS750 sidecar motorcycle produced for military use was probably their most well known product, but they also made sporting two stroke singles like this one and a wide variety of scooters as well. They had a reputation for being solid well built machines.

<1957 Zundapp>
1957 Zundapp

Shame I couldn’t have gotten hold of it 20 or 30 years ago.

<1957 Zundapp>

<1957 Zundapp speedo>

<1957 Zundapp front hub>

Got Rust?

The cylinder head doesn’t have any broken fins, wonder what it looks like on the inside?

<1957 Zundapp engine>

It’s a shame to see such a fine piece of German engineering in this condition.

<1957 Zundapp tank badge>

<1957 Zundapp>

The original ID tag is still in place behind the headlamp.

<1957 Zundapp>

At this point it is highly unlikely that I will attempt to restore this motorcycle. The plan is to carefully dissect the cadaver to see if there are still any parts that would be of any use to anyone who has one of these rare old motorcycles.

<1957 Zundapp>
1957 Zundapp Super Sabre

If this were a typical Craigslist ad here is where it would say, “tires still have plenty of tread left.”
<1957 Super Sabre>

If you would like to find out more about these motorcycles, or if you are just curious to see what this pile of junk used to look like visit the Zundapp Fool website by clicking here.

Peace Y’all

Oops I Did It Again. A Junkyard Dog Double Feature. (updated w/ video)

I went prospecting for rusty gold again. Brought home a couple of early 80’s Suzukis.

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One is an RM 80 condition unknown, some parts missing,  in fact I am not even sure what year it is. This one is truly a junkyard dog and it is for sale right now as is where is, to the first person willing to give me $50

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The second one is a 1980 Suzuki TS185. It’s rough but will start and idle.

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I really like the headlight assembly.

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There are plenty of interesting crusty bits on this one.

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Overall this old cycle is not the worst I I have ever tried to restore.  At this point my plan is for a basic restomod as a woods bike, but if too many of the parts needed for that are not available, it may become a “brat style” custom scrambler.

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Peace Y’all

1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD Another Junkyard Dog.

This one had been leaning up behind the fence in some guy’s back yard for a while…

<1985 Kawasaki 454LTD>

<1985 Kawasaki 454LTD>
the droopy turnsignals are kind of sad looking

<1985 Kawasaki 454LTD>

 

Back in 1985 Cycle Guide raced on of these against a 454 Corvette and spanked it good. But time has not treated this little Kawasaki well.

<1985 Kawasaki 454LTD>

<1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD>

<1985 Kawasaki 454LTD>
Somebodies kids tried to fill the tank up with dirt.

Notice the relatively low miles on the odometer, like so many motorcycles this was ridden for a while until the owner got bored with it or scared of it and it was left to rot. It no doubt switched hands a few times and had the same sequence of events happen over and over until finally something broke or the carbs finally gummed up and no one cared to fix it.

<1985 Kawasaki LTD 454>

<1985 Kawasaki LTD 454>

<1985 Kawasaki LTD 454>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<1985 Kawasaki LTD 454>

 

This side view below shows that these bikes had a fairly good looking profile but even then the writing was on the wall for the fast, good handling, and comfortable 2 and 4 cylinder Japanese cruisers. Lighter & faster was no longer fashionable, so the big four answered the demands of their American customers, who really wanted a 1960s-70s Harley but with Japanese reliability & no oil leaks. It’s a pity because I think it would’ve been interesting to see where these designs went if they had continued to combine cruiser styling with super bike technology.

<1985 Kawasaki LTD 454>

Here’s a little bonus picture, not really big enough be a dog, we’ll call this one a junkyard puppy. It got thrown in on the deal with the Kawasaki 454 LTD above. It’s a little Baja MB165 mini-bike. A friend of mine has one & I really enjoyed riding it, and wanted one of my own, but never could quite convince my self to buy one. This one was left to rot after mommy & daddy got tired of replacing clutches on it. Most people don’t realize when they buy these mini-bikes (or go-karts either) that the clutches are expensive consumables that have to be replaced on a regular basis. I going to put a torque converter on it, a bigger rear sprocket & some ATV luggage racks to make it into a modern version of the old Tote Gote.

<baja mb165>

The Organic Rat! Honda CM400 Junkyard Dog!

This one has a kind of an interesting story to it. I had stopped at lunchtime a couple of weeks ago to fill the Suburban Assault Scrambler up up with ethanol free premium at my favorite gas station, when a local folk artist named Frank Cooper rolled up next to me in his mural covered Roadmaster. He comes over & tells me that he has an old Rat Honda CM400 in a storage unit that he might like to sell.

art car
super cool acrylic painted sled

I really didn’t think anything more of it for a week or two and then this morning  I gave him a call and met him at the rented storage unit where he stored this bike & apparently the rest of his worldly possessions also. After moving piles of junk (aka art supplies) this little bobber came into view. My immediate reaction was oh no I don’t want anything to do with that one. but after we got it outside he hooked up a battery & poured some gas in the tank and within a minute or so it fired right up and the engine sounded pretty good.

<ratty old cm400 motorcycle>

After negotiating a price I loaded it into my van & let it ride along to lunch with my beautiful wife & I. She didn’t even roll her eyes at me for buying it, I wish every man were as lucky as me. Here it is tucked into the back of my old Astro van. A normal sized motorcycle will not fit without removing the mirrors & maybe folding down the handlebars, but this one is so low it fits with plenty of headroom to spare.

<rat bobber chevy van>
loaded up and ready to haul

After getting it home I snapped a few pics of it to share with you. Lets start with the details first. I have no idea where this hardtail came from or what that silver thing is that is hose clamped to the frame.

<honda twinhard tail>
It kind of sketchy and dangerous looking….

The bottle opener is a nice touch.

<crazy dangerous motorcycle>
I might trade the bottle opener for one that says Guinness

I have no doubt this was the license plate he rode around with. 😉

<folk art license plate>

The seat is literally a junkyard dog.

<junkyard dog motorcycle seat>
woof woof!

How ’bout a top view?

<bobbed Honda CM400>
I hope any passengers don’t mind the comfy looking rear fender.

Come on you have to admit it has a mean looking stance!

<bobbed honda chopper 400>
“The Gunn”

The design and fabrication look as dangerous as a gunfight but all I plan to do to this one is to get it as functional & dependable as possible without changing anything about the way it looks or worrying about safety beyond making sure that it is not too likely to break in half if it hits a bump in the road. All motorcycles are dangerous, but some are more dangerous than others.

<wicked evil dangerous chopper motorcycle>
“The Bullet”

I am more than willing to entertain reasonable offers on this machine, as long as you understand that it is being sold as folk art with no warranty that you would ever be able to ride it at all and that it was fabricated by an unknown amateur of questionable talent & that I am not responsible for anything that happens to you as a result of attempting to ride this motorcycle. Of course the longer I keep it & the more I do to it, the better your offers must be.

Peace Y’all

Motopsyco.

QUICK UPDATE! A friend of mine saw this bike on Facebook & has purchased it from me. It is still parked in my shop because I have been commissioned to rebuild it to his specifications. Though I hate to see a real vintage rat disappear it will be a gritty down & dirty bobber, just right for him to tool around on down here in the dirty south! STAY TUNED!

82 Honda XL250! Another Junkyard Dog!

From a distance this one doesn’t look that terrible but once you get up close, you realize just how dilapidated it really is.

<Honda XL250>
Ahh memories…

<1982 Honda XL 250 r>

<82 xl 250>
Oh shit, why did I bring this thing home?

Oh well there’s nothing I like better than the smell of a rotten old motorcycle corpse, except perhaps the joy of re-animating it.

<rusted out motorcycle muffler>
rusted out motorcycle muffler

At this point it’s fate is still undecided, it might be a future project or it might just become ebay parts fodder.

<vintage Honda Dualsport>

<vintage honda emissions equipment>
Proof that this one is 100% stock
<dirty nasty old jug>
dirty nasty old cylinder

<vintage Honda Pro-Link suspension>

 

Peace Y’all