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I find it interesting that a number of TWers are riding or have ridden the Honda CT 110. Years ago when I was living in Tucson, I trimmed my lifestyle down to the barest minimum so I could train for marathons without distractions. I lived in a 17' Airsteam trailer set up near the University of Arizona campus. For transportation, I had my CT 110. I think I was more content, more at peace, than any time before or since.
 

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My mom had the earlier version ('75 CT90) and it was a great little bike and it reminds me of the TW in several different ways. They are both woods bikes/go anywhere type of machines...
 

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I've owned 3 ct 90's over the years. Loved to take them camping. But limited speed eventually made me get rid of them when I moved. Speed zones near my home are 45mph and very hilly.



I've lost track how many times I burned my leg on the muffler when I was wearing shorts putting around camp.
 

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I own a 73 CT90 and a 81 CT70. They fit on the front bumper of my camper, so I can take them when I can't take the TW.
 

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This is my CT-110RR, that I commute to work on a few days a month,take camping, and use as a pit bike when I take my ZX-10 to the track.

7.5 HP



170 HP



.... but riding the CT or TW still brings a grin to my face everytime. Weird.
 

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My is a 1980 CT 100 , Im the second owner and when I got it about six years ago has only 350 miles on it, since them I put 2000 mostly around the trails in my area. The only things ever do to it is clean the carburator and one new sparkplug. Still riding on the original tires, little dry cracking but holding up very well. Ive alot fun with this bike more than I ever did with "The F650".

working on picture posting!!!
 

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I own a 73 CT90 and a 81 CT70. They fit on the front bumper of my camper, so I can take them when I can't take the TW.


Those CT 70's were and are totally bullet proof - I suppose I have had a dozen over them in the 1970 's - one even came with the Honda Ski option for running on trails once the snow was packed down
 

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My first bike was a Honda trail 55, it would go almost 40.


My dad bought one new in '63. I think it was actually a new '64, which he bought on the day of the JFK assassination. He still talks about it carrying him, his buddy and their hunting gear on deer trips, using the big sprocket.



Went fast enough to put me in an iron lung machine on my first solo ride. LOL.



I was 8.
 

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I agree, the CT 110 is a surprisingly capable little bike. I have friends who own/repair/sell them down here in So.Cal. and I belong to the same club they do for these little bikes. I've been on many of their rides (on my TW, I have two non-CT vintage Honda MC's however neither are ready for the trail just yet) since I'm the one guy in the group who isn't riding a CT I generally run sweep and stay in the back. The only time I see those bikes struggle is on the highway, they seem rather limited top-speed wise. As far as breakdown's I've been very impressed by their reliablity, rarely does one break-down on our runs and when they do they seem pretty easily fixed. Many people in the CT group have commented that the TW will probably have the same cult-appeal twenty years from now that the CT's have now. I guess time will tell.



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I had a blast on my old CT 110. You couldn't beat that dual range tranny..it would darn near go righr up a wall! But as stated before, the speed on the highway left a lot to be desired. I was thinking of getting another before buying my TW.

The only ones I could find were on Ebay and were way overpriced, plus the problems of getting parts and the cost of shipping the bike to me changed my mind real quick in favor of the TW. BTW..I think the last year for the USA was '86 with CDI.

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I find it interesting that a number of TWers are riding or have ridden the Honda CT 110. Years ago when I was living in Tucson, I trimmed my lifestyle down to the barest minimum so I could train for marathons without distractions. I lived in a 17' Airsteam trailer set up near the University of Arizona campus. For transportation, I had my CT 110. I think I was more content, more at peace, than any time before or since.


I used to wrench for a gas company that sent out meter readers on a fleet of CT90s. Those flunkies couldn't kill them, so they had to be tough as nails.



Hobopoet, I understand the joy of a simple life. Other than my too-short 1st marriage, brought to an end by a drunk driver, the most joyful time of my life was living in a '67 Ford van in South Florida. One key in my pocket was enough. After work I'd stop by a grocery for dinner makings, then drive to a public beach and use the free solar-heated showers and picnic facilities. Most beach parks were practically deserted in the evening, and the parking lot attendents had long before stopped collecting fees and headed home. Come dark, and a short ride to most any business open 24 hours, pull in the parking lot, jump in the back, slide the curtain behind the seats for privacy, and take a snooze. Photovoltaics and a couple deep cycle batteries kept a steady flow of cool air coming in the roof vent all night. Wake up in the morning and stop by a grocery for breakfast makings, drive to work, and cook over propane in the parking lot waiting for the gate to open.



Cheap, easy way to live. Easier, still, if your boss will allow parking a trailer to house your TW and tools on the business property. I had a SL125 bored and stroked to 176 and a CB550 at the time. No rent or mortgage, no home insurance or taxes, no utility bills. Maybe burn a few extra gallons of gas per week, not a biggie. Lots of people living this way today know that houseless isn't necessarily homeless. Google "vandweller" and discover a most joyful way to live.
 

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I did about 13000k's on mine last year. Mostly fully-laden and off the tarmac.



Hardcore machines!







A few charity rides run each year on them, around 40 at this one (raised $60,000 last year).







I did a ride-report on one of the CT110 rides here (called 'Posties' in Australia):



http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500398


Oh, so you the one who did that report? Nice bike I like the gas tank
 

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This forum and the adventure posts show clearly that "big" does not necessarily equal "better." I loved my Concours, and the KLR 650 was a great all purpose bike. But I don't need that much machine any more. I also draw on my experience as a cross country bicyclist (see my book, NORTH BY BIKE). I learned how to pack efficiently, how to pick interesting, safe routes and how satisfying it can be do in eight hours what I could cover in two in my truck. Simple and slow...seems like high wisdom to me...
 

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Here's my 73 ct90 that I bought this fall. Cleaning it up a bit:



 

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Well it's not a CT110 but my friends who own and wrench on them tell me the engine is essentially the same (even has the dual-range tranny). I recently picked-up an '84 Honda ATC 110. As it sits in the first picture for $100. Spent an hour getting it running (still needs a new idle jet) put on a new pair of rear tires and wheels (the two-piece jobs worried me). Now to get it registered (my wife's job, she has more patience with the DMV than I do) and it'll be ready for putting around the pits at some races I like to spectate at.





It looks scared, we think the the three quads off-camera in the garage were making fun







All fixed-up, now it gets to go live off-site with the other three-wheelers



Kevin
 
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