Growing up in the 50s and 60s the Honda Trail 90s were legendary motorcycles. Most of the kids I learned to ride with had them while I went a different route with a Hodaka Ace90 dirt bike. The Hodaka could easily beat the pants off any Honda except in the durability category. The four stroke engine just took a licking and kept on ticking while I was replacing rings and pistons a lot in my two stroke. We had an RV park up the mountain from my village and it seemed like every tow behind travel trailer had one or two Trail 90s behind them. They are really not a dirt bike and in fact are rather lame for any serious trail riding but they sure did stand the test of time and with the dual range trannys they could get to some places you would never expect them to make it to. Today as a very calm and very senior rider I would do just fine with a trail 90 to take me back to the remote fishing spots I go to with the TW. My friends who had them always switched over to much more aggressive knobby tires so they could switch into low range and crawl up the mountain while I had to blow past them going much faster and keeping the revs up. Those Hodakas were legendary in their own rites and a real blast to ride back in those times. I keep expecting to run across a trail 90 or two stuffed in the back of a garage or barn needing rescue but so far all the ones I have run across were too hard hammered and highly neglected. An older gent right up the road from me still has a really nice pair sitting in his garage for at least 40 years that only he and his wife rode around in the camp grounds. One is yellow and one is red and neither of them has more than 200 miles on them. It is a bit odd that he refuses to sell them to me because he has no children or grand children and no intention of ever riding them again being they are in their mid 80s.
We have a few members here who also have trail 90s and seek and search for nice ones all the time. Smittyblackstone is as close to an expert on them as I know of and has a couple real nice survivors the last I spoke with him. One thing I can say for sure is they are just as costly to restore as any abused TW but like the TWs there are millions of parts available for them and they will live on for many more years.