Honda CT200 Review from Canada

1964 Honda CT200

Model year1964
Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 2 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles

Summary:

Awesome, lots of character, ridiculously reliable unless you have a no-name battery

Faults:

When I got the bike, it was 41 years old or so, and it had been sitting in the guy's garage for five years with the gas from the last owner still in it; prior to that who knows.

Having said that, I cleaned the carb and put a kit in it, and it ran like a champ if you started it plugged into the battery charger. Since then I put a new battery into it, and it would start first kick with that.

I quickly fried the battery due to the ancient design of the electrical system. If you have a CT200 or CT90, make absolutely sure you buy a Yuasa battery, the bike was designed to run on them and will fry anything else. There is no voltage regulator and Yuasas have overload protection.

General Comments:

This is a seriously cool bike, in the seriously not cool way. It's full of character and the patina is perfect on this bike.

A lot of people think this is a goofy bike, but it's goofy in a fun way. The tank is under the seat and it's only 90cc, but it isn't a scooter, it still has big wheels and a gearbox rather than that goofy scooter type thing. It's a great hybrid for someone that doesn't want a scooter, but still wants something cool and small.

Also, despite its size, I still find it comfortable and I am 6'2".

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2008

11th Apr 2012, 21:16

I bought a Honda CTX 200 motor bike a year ago. At 320 kilometers the motor failed with a broken rod and basically a scrambled motor. I argued with Honda for 3 weeks to get warranty work done.

Now at 1800 kilometers the transmission is coming apart, metal to metal grinding noises. Also the motor is making strange whining sounds again. The bike dealer doesn't want to talk about it.

The bike has a very study frame, but a very weak motor and transmission. Don't ride it any farther that you want to walk back from.

ROY.

11th Mar 2013, 01:14

The CT-200 is not the CTX 200. The CT-200 is from 1964 and 65 only.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review