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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.

 

Riding Kiddie Bikes on the Rail Trail in Florence S.C.

At the Ebenezer Road end of the trail.
At the Ebenezer Road end of the trail.

A few weeks ago our granddaughter expressed an interest in learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Since the kiddie bike she had already was way to small for her, I took an old Mongoose BMX frame set I had hanging on the wall in my shop, swapped the rear wheel out for one with a coaster brake, and then threw it together with plenty of fresh grease, flat black & pink paint to create the girly ratrod in these pics. The mint original Black Friday Krate shown is one I purchased in Charlotte earlier this year. My wife is riding the yellow Ross Polo Bike Jr. that has its original paint & chrome, but has some typical period custom pieces added such as the banana seat and the bumpers. The only thing I’ve replaced on it are the rear tire & chain.

We promised her that once she learned to ride well we would take her with us one Saturday morning, so with my beloved wife’s patient coaching she practiced until she could start, ride, & stop by herself without falling down. Of course since she was riding a 20″ bike we decided that we should too.

Left to right, Black Friday Krate, Mongoose Sniper, & Ross Polo Bike Jr.
Left to right, Black Friday Krate, Mongoose Sniper, & Ross Polo Bike Jr.

It was fun, of course it turns out that a 20 is almost to big for the kid, just the perfect size for my wife, and ridiculous looking with my big old butt sitting on it, especially the Krate with it’s little tiny front tire.

Here we have a large man on a small bicycle! Having loads of fun too.
Here we have a large man on a small bicycle! Having loads of fun too.

When putting around on these little cruisers, you can forget proper leg extension, cadence, etc. Just relax and enjoy the ride. We put in at the trailhead at the Bicycle World bike shop on Palmetto St. in Florence ( a big thanks for allowing people to park there btw ), crossed the bridge over Jefferies Creek, and turned left to ride the smooth pavement section of the trail up to Ebenezer Road, where we turned around and came back to the end of the pavement that you see above before heading back to the van to take her home in time for her Karate lesson. There is just the slightest downhill grade from Ebenezer back to the creek so I took advantage of it to try out a speed run on the Krate. At about 18m.p.h. on the speedo in third gear the front end starts to bounce a bit, push it on up to around an indicated 22 and a speed wobble sets in too. ( maybe because I weigh more than 200 pounds, not necessarily a fault of the bike ) Plus even with dual calipers the rear brake only is meant for posing not for riding like a bat out of hell. It was still FUN though!

for some reason this strange little woman keeps following me around &amp; taking my picture, she must be a stalker ;)
for some reason this strange little woman keeps following me around & taking my picture, she must be a stalker 😉

Here are some pics of the bikes leaning up against the bridge.

Jefferies Creek Bridge, Florence, S.C. bicycle trail
Jefferies Creek Bridge, Florence, S.C. bicycle trail

Some wangster had been down on the trail tagging a little bit, normally I don’t mind graffiti art in the right (read urban/industrial) setting but out in the middle of the woods? Give me a break. Besides if all I could paint was ugly shit like we saw that day I’d be ashamed to pick up a spray can.

Vintage Kustom Ross, Mint Schwinn BFK, & Custom Mongoose rat bmx
Vintage Kustom Ross, Mint Schwinn BFK, & Custom Mongoose rat bmx

To cap off a terrific morning after dropping the little one off safely at home we headed over to Creek Ratz, and sat on the deck and had a nice romantic lunch served up by a pleasant young lady while we watched the wildlife in the pond behind us.

Peace Y’all

Heron on lakeshore behind Creek Ratz
Heron on lakeshore behind Creek Ratz

Seriously Y’all, Replace Those Cotter Pins

ATV wheel with brand new cotter pin

 

The slightly dark picture above shows an ATV that I recently re-installed the hub on. With a new cotter pin in the castle nut. Do yourself a big favor, and no matter what never ever re-use a cotter pin on any thing. Whether is a motorcycle, ATV, automobile, or any other application. They are there to prevent the sudden disastrous failure that could result from a nut coming loose on a critical component. If you really must perform an emergency road or trail side repair and re-use one to get home do not forget to change it ASAP before using the vehicle again. Isn’t your ass worth the small amount of pocket change these things cost?

Yes I practice what I preach, here is the cotter pin assortment that I keep on hand, a couple of sizes need refilling but that’s okay the piece of mind is worth it.

 

Motorcycling and ATV riding is risky business anyway, but if you insist on having a gnarly bone grinding crash, at least let it be because you were doing something stupid and fun, and not that the wheel fell of because you were too cheap to replace a 39 cent cotter pin.

Peace Y’all
‘Psyco