1971 Honda Trail 90 (CT-90) from United States of America - Comments

5th Sep 2007, 14:59

I have 2 rectifiers for sale on ebay; a 67 and a 69. Both bikes are being dismantled and sold for parts on the historic section of motorcycle parts. 2 bucks and 5 for shipping should get you what you need. Good luck.

12th Nov 2007, 00:38

90's are the best trail bikes around, so back off you dirt bikes.

22nd Dec 2007, 21:29

I am having the EXACT electrical problems. Lights dim and then kill the motor. I thought it may be a short or bad battery. Did a new rectifier fix your problem? Please let me know what the fix might be. fred9895@yahoo.com

11th Jan 2008, 07:42

Does anyone have a head case for sale? (The plastic casing that holds the speedometer and head light.) If so please leave a comment.

31st Jan 2008, 15:06

I love to shred in the snow with my '78 CT90. Those things do awesome even when they're 8 inches deep in snow.

23rd Mar 2008, 15:17

I have one, it is really cool. I would recommend it.

21st May 2008, 23:09

I have a '71 CT90, and it's my preferred hunting bike over my quad, you just can't beat the 90.

29th May 2008, 22:30

Which year is the best to buy for a first timer (regarding the CT90)?

12th Jul 2008, 11:33

I love this bike! I use it as a daily commuter in all weathers and it has never left me stranded. On weekends, I drive the forestry roads of the Cascade mountains and it will tirelessly pull my 250 lbs self up the steep grades without complaint. I've loaded it up with a full compliment of camping gear and left the beaten path for weekends in the wilderness. I've crossed shallow rivers, traversed abandoned railroad beds, and explored old mining towns. When I get back on Sunday afternoon, I hose it down and it's ready to take me to work on Monday morning.

I would need to own three different bikes - A small street bike, a dirt bike, and a quad - to get the same use I get from the Trail 90. If it comes that my CT90 ever dies, I'll rebuild it or replace it. No question. It's quiet, reliable, and sips gas. I wish Honda still offered this bike in the U.S. (I also wish it had a top speed of 50 mph instead of 42 mph :-)

As for 'What is the best year for a CT90 or CT110?' My opinion is anything after 1968 and excluding 1980. Telescopic front forks were used starting in '68, and the 'hi-lo' secondary gear box was dropped in '80, but re-added in the later years.

25th Jul 2008, 18:24

I recently purchased a 1978 CT 90. Fell in love with the bike. It is a bull moose on the trails. Ran it up and down fire roads in Maine dodging mosquito's. Provides a smooth ride on the pavement.

Runs 42 top speed, so perhaps seals and compression may need to be looked at, but not a big problem at this time. Most CT owners claim 50-52 range is normal even with a weighty passenger.

Left the bike in Maine at our summer camp. Looking for another to purchase in Florida. Wish Honda still made bikes like these for use on and off road. Nice quiet machine; not obnoxious like a dirt bike or ATV!

10th Aug 2008, 13:40

I need help, I have a 1969 CT90 with title. I was locked up, I took apart the head and cylinder, can't find rings and wanted to make it a smidge faster or just sell it. I have a original 69 CT 70 mint and a restored 69 Z50, so it will go good with my collection. I just would find a good part place. If anyone has a good connect, please call 1 708 595-5919.

14th Aug 2008, 21:34

I am thinking about buying a CT90 and was just wondering if anyone could let me know if this is a good deal or if I am getting ripped off.

The year is 1970

1900 miles

Missing headlight

Runs but engine "bogs down when you put it in gear"

Missing side covers

I could probably get this bike for $350. Do you think this is reasonable?

Let me know (jpcarver@gmail.com)

17th Aug 2008, 10:32

The headlight and most other parts can be found at www.dratv.com. If it bogs down when it's put in gear, it could be that your clutch needs adjusting. (There's a lock nut and screw on the right side of the engine just above the rear brake pedal. Loosen the nut and back the screw out until you don't feel any resistance. Slowly tighten until you feel friction, then back it off 1/4 to 1/8 turns.)

17th Aug 2008, 10:42

BTW - $350 is a very good price.

Excellent condition (everything intact) $1800 to $2200

Good condition (scuffs, dings, but runs) $1200 to $1400

Fair condition (Need works or no title) $500 to $1000

Parts bike (Locked up engine) Varies.

21st Aug 2008, 17:13

I have had this Trail 90 for several years. Good bike! wasn't happy with front brake, installed a disk brake from a street bike - Honda 125. Installed a rectifier from Radio Shack. It's more efficient.

24th Aug 2008, 17:32

Help. I just bought a 1967 Trail CT90 and cannot figure out how to switch to "high gear". It was in low gear when I bought it and it ran fine. I turned a nut lever a little from low to high, but instead of moving all the way to the high side, it's in the middle and the transmission does not run at all (like it's in neutral). Please explain in detail what to do.

Thanks. email: stevew4949@yahoo.com

30th Aug 2008, 01:06

Roll the bike backwards while pulling the lever into the high position... this will work.

3rd Sep 2008, 10:16

I have a 1968 90 that has just under 900 miles on it. I had it as a child. My sister has the 1969 one. I went where other bigger bikes would go with no problems.

Am thinking about selling it. But have lost the key. Is it better to just buy a new starter key set? but what happens when you cannot lock the front steering wheel set to the side. What should I do?

10th Sep 2008, 20:46

The price ranges quoted are a bit high... at least for California. Look in Craigslist. A recent 78 that was in very nice street legal condition started out at $1500, but the owner had to keep dropping his ad price. It sold for $850.

And...

The "in neutral" condition is common... roll it back like the poster said and it should go right in... or just put it in gear and gently nudge the lever into position. It will go without any trouble.

Great bikes... I have five running and one for parts.

Keep on Trailin...

2nd Oct 2008, 23:00

Yesterday I bought a 1969 Honda CT90 K1-b model. It's different from the k1-k4 series.

As many of you probably know. I found it on craigslist for 350.00, and it looked to be in great shape, so I called the guy and made an appointment. He said it ran, but hadn't been started in a few years. So I bought it, it had 8,692 miles on it.

I got it home and it didn't have any spark. I bought a new battery and that didn't change anything. So I took a look at my wiring, it was a mess, I fixed all of it, and hey, I had GREAT spark. Put fresh gas in it and fired her up. I went thru it and tuned it completely, and did maintenance today. Then put 100 amazing miles on it will only smiles :)

I love it to death, and will never get rid of it. It's ready for hunting season!