Wanted - Honda C90 - no later than around 1982

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As per title - does anybody have one tucked away?
I'd be happy with a project bike, as long as the rear section isn't hanging off.
What have you?
 
As per title - does anybody have one tucked away?
I'd be happy with a project bike, as long as the rear section isn't hanging off.
What have you?
I don't have one but was the very first motorised object I had access to.

My mate's little bro found an abandoned one and we ragged about on it until someone stole it.

Must have been 13 or 14.

Lots of fun.
 
As per title - does anybody have one tucked away?
I'd be happy with a project bike, as long as the rear section isn't hanging off.
What have you?

Getting rid of the bigger stuff then John? That CB1100 (in the kitchen) is one of the last I remember you having. :D

A 90 won't pull you so may as well go for something silly again. :)

Hope you're all OK by the way?
 
Getting rid of the bigger stuff then John? That CB1100 (in the kitchen) is one of the last I remember you having. :D

A 90 won't pull you so may as well go for something silly again. :)

Hope you're all OK by the way?
Cheeky (but probably correct).

It's a nostalgia thing Dave - my Dad took me to work as a16 year old in 1978 so I want to add one to the garage, but is has to be from that era - the round headlight version.

We really must meet up this year :cool:
 
I don't have one but was the very first motorised object I had access to.

My mate's little bro found an abandoned one and we ragged about on it until someone stole it.

Must have been 13 or 14.

Lots of fun.
Same here - i have a great photo of me ragging one across a field in Wales. I think i was maybe 11 or 12.
 
Same here - i have a great photo of me ragging one across a field in Wales. I think i was maybe 11 or 12.
Awful quality (it’s a mobile phone photo of an old photocopy of the original photo). But you get the idea. Look at the joy! My mum was actually horrified I seem to remember when she saw me hooning around on it!IMG_0864.jpeg
 
that is one of the best pictures ever!
Not wishing to hijack the thread this place was just the best - Glynhir Mansion/Farm near Ammanford. I visited a couple of years ago on a cycling trip - still owned by the same family, and they remembered me! There were literally no rules - it was idyllic. At the age i am on that Honda with one of the farm sons who was maybe 14 max we drove an old MF tractor down into the town. We bought a load of provisions for a midnight feast in the hay barn and drove it back. Different times! (early 1980's)
 
Not wishing to hijack the thread this place was just the best - Glynhir Mansion/Farm near Ammanford. I visited a couple of years ago on a cycling trip - still owned by the same family, and they remembered me! There were literally no rules - it was idyllic. At the age i am on that Honda with one of the farm sons who was maybe 14 max we drove an old MF tractor down into the town. We bought a load of provisions for a midnight feast in the hay barn and drove it back. Different times! (early 1980's)
When I grew up my cousins' family were farmers. Lots of mucking about with machinery & bikes.
 
Also, now I think of it. my mate's dad had a potato business. Cue me and his son doing doughnuts in a Volvo 245 in a field at the age of 14 or something :)
 
Interesting fact:

The original super cub with the 4 stroke pushrod engine was so simple it didn't even have an oil pump. Lubrication was by splash with the big end having a dipper attached to splash oil onto crank bearings, conrod and piston. And still you couldn't kill one through neglect. Like others here I rode an old C50 around the fields at the age of 14.


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Ditto - The 'Clunker' C70 was my teenage field bike, we lived on a farm as well ( There is a theme here! ) Loads of fun. I did look at buying one myself and turning it into a retro off road bike and then i saw the prices for these old bikes :eek:
 
Loved my C90. Got me to work at IBM Hursley for an idyllic Summer.
Memory still rankles from the day that a colleague saw me get on it.
"From your helmet and weatherproofs I thought you were on a motorbike...." My first car was bought shortly afterwards.
It's funny how some comments stay in your head for ever.

Such great bikes. From last year....

 
When I saw this thread it brought to mind a classic e-bay ad for a C90 from 2003 that was so amusing it became a bit of an internet sensation. Here's the text of the ad, complete with the additional info provided by the would-be seller over the following days:

This is an utterly horrible dead C90. I acquired it because I thought the engine might fit in a Honda Dax 70 I was restoring. I then found that this year of C90 engine won't fit. Oh well.
It's been in a leaky shed for at least a decade. It's quite disgusting. It's red, fading to pink on some plastic parts, and with a fine patina of matching ferrous oxide. It's complete, except for the exhaust which was so decayed it fell off when I was moving it. The legshields are cracked. No documents and no keys. The engine has compression and turns over, but the speedo mileage of 46,000 suggests that it was used by a Knowledge Boy with severe learning difficulties.
Speaking of which, this is a re-listing because the winning bidder last time was a decerebrate turnip who was able to click on buttons and hit the numbers keys, but unable to read web pages, and didn't realise that he was 200 miles away. "I dint no (sic) where you lived" read his email. Well done, astragsi999: in addition to having the saddest username on Ebay, you've now got a feedback rating of minus one and a Non-Paying Bidder stripe against your record. Welcome to our Quadrant of the Galaxy. Beep. Yes, we play rough on Planet Earth sometimes. The next-placed bidder swore blind he wanted it, but he turned out to live 120 miles away and he's been giving me the run-around as well. Irritated? Me? Just a tad, yes. For the benefit of anyone else who has the navigational skills of a pigeon with a magnet strapped to its forehead, this bike is in Sutton, south-west London. For the Yanks, that's London, England, near Russia. Not London, New Jersey, nor New London, Connecticut.
What's it worth? Spare parts only, or maybe the basis for a field bike. It really isn't worth restoring as a road bike. Besides the engine, things like side panels, electrical components, forks, mirrors, levers, lights, switches, side panels, etc etc are all worth having. It even has a rack, roughly finished in Dulux White, which suggests that our trainee cab driver did a spot of painting and decorating on the side.
Starting price is 99p and no reserve. You will need a van or a trailer or the stamina to push it a long way. I can deliver within a reasonable distance for 50p/mile but unless you're only a few miles away (are you reading this, timewasters?) it'll probably be rather more than the bike is worth.
I'll want it taken away within one week of auction end. Timewasters and/or people who tell me they can't pick it up for a month, or haven't got transport at the moment, will find that Planet Earth's Alien Feedback Division can be a hostile place. Beep.
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On 11-Nov-03 at 16:20:32 GMT, seller added the following information:
Look, what is it with some people? Why is it, when you put up a bike that's in a state, and tell everyone it's crap, and start the bidding at 99p, ferChrissakes, do you get emails like this one:
"I could offer £60 if you would consider delivery. The reason is that I am going on holiday from Friday the 14th of November so will be around home tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday the 12th and 13th. Hence I will not be able to bid or collect the bike while I am away. Currently I ride a ZZR1100 and am looking for very cheap local transport in the winter months. Condition not really important to me."
If you can't take delivery, or you aren't local, don't bid and don't waste my time with emails. And can't you read? This bike is like Monty Python's parrot. It wouldn't voom if you put 40,000 volts through it. The engine may be OK - I've no idea - but the rest of it is a pile of poo.
And this is an auction, right? I've no intention of pissing off genuine buyers on my stuff by yanking my goods because someone as dim as candle in a Guinness bottle thinks he can change my mind by promising cash. I've heard that one before. In fact, I've heard it on this very C90.
For the record: winning bidder gets it, and then drags it away pronto before the neighbours claim it's reducing local property values..
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On 11-Nov-03 at 20:58:25 GMT, seller added the following information:
Markclock, you are mad. I trust you're genuine, but the fact that (at the time of writing this) you've bid £26 quid for this suggests that you only have twice the brains of astragsi999, who bid £51 before the smear left by his finger on the screen stopped at the point: Location, Sutton, United Kingdom/London. And as astragsi999 has a certifiable IQ in single figures, this is not a good sign. If you win this, and then let me down, I shall send the SAS to put itching powder in your underpants drawer.
Same goes for other comedians, except that my vengeance will be worse as the bids increase. They're already 25 quid more than this thing is worth.
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On 13-Nov-03 at 21:53:37 GMT, seller added the following information:
Wonderful. So the Feckwit Quotient is increasing. I have a theory that the cheaper and crappier an auction item, the greater number of imbeciles it attracts. The current high bidder has just emailed me to say he made a mistake in his bidding.
Jesus. All you have to do is read Ebay's instructions, click on a button, and type in a figure. There are people out there who, on this basis, can't even use a microwave oven without a quantifiable risk of burning their hands off at the wrist.
And from the sound of his username, he's 250 miles away, but hey!? Maybe he was conceived on a wet and wind-blasted island off North Wales? Anglesey0, I'm cancelling your bid unless, as politely requested, you get back to me with full name, address, contact numbers and an assurance that you're not as dim as your illiterate email suggests.
In fact, I've just checked the bid history. I should have done that earlier. Lookathat! Four bidders, and three of them zero feedback. The bad news for you, Markclock, is that if I bar the current geezer, this bike is going to be your problem.
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On 14-Nov-03 at 12:33:37 GMT, seller added the following information:
And from the darkness of a cold, hard solar system the anti-Feckwit Division of the Intergalactic Ebay Council sent a lone battlecruiser to nuke anglesey0's bids, because although he did indeed get back to me, he did not furnish any of the information requested, and showed a painful ignorance of the way Ebay's bidding system works. Sorry, an'all that, anglesey0, but I suggest you RTFM.
 
Loved my C90. Got me to work at IBM Hursley for an idyllic Summer.
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I used to work for IBM and sometimes went there in my first C43.

One of my workmates worked there. He was a proper petrolhead and wanted to see my car. He jumped in and, on the spur of the moment I decided to lay some 11s on the final approach.

He told me they remained there for months....
 
I used to have a C90 field bike on the farm....I managed to seize that solid whilst flat out.....hurt a bit. Then, as luck would have have it, I found a fly tipped CB100N under a load of rubbish in a ditch on the farm.....had it running the same day....nearly every kid in the village ( so that was about 5!) thrashed that poor old thing. Was great fun on the mud having bald street tyres! We christened it "The Woodracer"
Op...I take it your did not ride it on the street yourself at 16...50cc was the max for a 16 year old .....even in the 70's!

CB100N...same colour as mine.
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