Day 1 review: the 1972 Honda CT90

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by BT Humble, Jun 5, 2004.

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    BT Humble Guest

    Well... after a great deal of ado I've got dad's CT90 roadworthy and
    registered. The repairs[1] cost $520, the inspection $33, and the
    registration $220. Dad almost fell off his chair laughing at me,
    since he only paid $600 for it when it was brand new.

    Now as for performance, well, with the current 40 tooth rear sprocket
    4th gear doesn't get much use. It can't even hold it's speed on a
    flat bit of ground, let alone a slight grade. I'll be getting a 45T
    for it on Monday. It'll do 60kph in 3rd though.

    As for the fun level, I can't believe I waited so long to get a
    roadgoing posty bike! It's like riding a modern mountain bike that
    you don't have to pedal. ;-)

    I was a bit suss about the very weak-looking drum brakes, but there's
    so little mass in the bike that they work quite well.

    I'll be doing the 90km Tarago commute on it on Tuesday, then wondering
    what to pack on Wednesday (heading off to Wintersun on Thursday,
    hoping for a Friday arrival but possibly Saturday).

    [1] Spark plug, 2 new tyres, wheel bearings, points & backing plate,
    fork gaiters, steering head bearings, chain & sprockets, cush drive
    rubbers, fork oil seals[2], steering head bearings, speedo, battery,
    headlight glass, mirrors[3];
    [2] I knew it was a bad sign when I asked dad "So, when did you last
    change the fork oil?" and he replied "They have oil in them?". The
    forks now contain parts from 4 different bikes;
    [3] "They're somewhere in the shed, still in their original box!" he
    BT Humble, Jun 5, 2004
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    smack Guest

    [3] "They're somewhere in the shed, still in their original box!" he
    I was talking to my brother last about about his TL. That'd be the 1976
    TL125S, he bought new in 1978. He's thinking about a bit of a resto on it
    and commented that the mirrors are in a box in the shed, still with the blue
    plastic on them to protect them.
    smack, Jun 5, 2004
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    Jules Guest

    Well... after a great deal of ado I've got dad's CT90 roadworthy and

    CT90? That's a girls bike!
    Jules, Jun 5, 2004
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    Biggus Guest

    I'll give him $100 for it!
    Biggus, Jun 5, 2004
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    smack Guest

    dad, bloke here on the internet reckons you can get a complete TL125 for

    Tell 'im 'e's dremin
    smack, Jun 5, 2004
  6. yeah... but even folks with large road bikes like myself wouldn't mind a go
    on the posty bike around town. Could be fun harrassing the traffic doing
    10ks slower than the speed limit. But seriosly, good on ya. Good project and
    should be a buzzz... or is that buzzzzzzzzzz.
    Don't forget about the great postie bike race outback... that was on abc tv
    some months ago. I believe it is held every year. You will need some spare
    parts though.
    Go on then... i dare you.
    dodo bird brain, Jun 5, 2004
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    Biggus Guest

    Dad.. its more than its worth
    Biggus, Jun 5, 2004
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    corks Guest

    golly both BTH and dale get new honda's , bit of a diff in them but both
    will have the common feature of making their owners smile - congrats guys
    and may both bikes bring many miles of happy and safe riding. ;-)

    ps maybe a some time, you could do a swap and see how they compare ;-D
    corks, Jun 5, 2004
  9. Then why do you want it?
    Hamish Alker-Jones, Jun 5, 2004

  10. *Buys AMCT--spots blue CD90 for sale in ACT for a grand*
    *Buys it,brings it back to Sydney,and takes it to WS,robbing BTH of his
    longest distance smallest cc award*

    Devious Pat
    Pat Heslewood, Jun 6, 2004
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    sharkey Guest

    *whipper-snippers in Melbourne start feeling nervous*

    sharkey, Jun 6, 2004
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    James Guest

    And a kick in the nuts ?
    James, Jun 6, 2004
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    BT Humble Guest

    Given the persistent buzz that it makes at speed, I'd tend to agree! ;-)

    BT Humble, Jun 7, 2004
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    BT Humble Guest

    I dunno if Dale is man enough to ride a CT90, Corks! ;-)

    BT Humble, Jun 7, 2004
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    BT Humble Guest

    Heeheehee! That's be pretty cool, to have a whole gaggle of < 100cc
    bikes turn up. ;-)

    This whole thing started out as an attempt to win the trophy a 3rd
    time, but it's gone WAY beyond that now!

    BT Humble, Jun 7, 2004
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    BT Humble Guest

    Nah, somebody will turn up from Perth on a Suzuki GAG50 just to rob me of my trophy!

    (It happened to Clem last year!)

    BT Humble, Jun 7, 2004
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Who was it nominated me for the hard-luck story after that? (with the tag
    line "...and I'm also a Doherty!")
    Knobdoodle, Jun 7, 2004
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    BT Humble Guest

    Not telling!

    BT Humble, Jun 7, 2004
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