Cheap Thrills: 1968 Honda CL90

Don Stockett revives a $348 Honda CL90 acquired after a Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club run.

| September/October 2019

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1968 Honda CL90

Engine: 89.6cc, 2-valve overhead cam, air-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder, 50mm x 45.6mm bore and stroke, 8.2:1 compression ratio, 8hp @ 9,500rpm (claimed)
Top speed: 70mph (factory claim) 62mph (tested, with 200lb rider)
Carburetion: Keihin III 20mm
Transmission: 4-speed, left foot shift, chain final drive
Electrics: 6v, coil and breaker points ignition
Frame/wheelbase: Pressed steel, swingarm rear end/47in (1,194mm)
Suspension: Telescopic forks front, dual shocks rear
Brakes: 4in SLS drum brake front and rear
Tires: 2.5 x 18in front, 2.75 x 18in rear
Weight (dry): 202lb (92kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 1.8 gal (6.8ltr)/176mpg @ 25mph (claimed)
Price then/now: $275 (est.)/$1,600-$4,000

Don Stockett, one of the principals of Vintage Motorcycle Rescue, a classic Japanese motorcycle restoration business near Sacramento, California, was on a ride through the Sierra foothills with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club when one rider had a carburetor problem.



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A bike needing a little roadside TLC is not uncommon on a vintage run. Everyone pulls over, and the more mechanically adept attendees get a chance to show off their wrenching skills. What happened next on that day, however, was a little unusual. As Don tells it:

Willie
8/20/2019 10:56:09 AM

When I was a kid, I lived on Okinawa. I wanted to buy an S-90 so badly, freedom to explore the island. But, my parents said NO since I would have to be on their insurance policy. Maximum speed limit on the island was 30 mph. sigh, it would have been fun .


Shaune
8/19/2019 7:22:54 AM

Nice photographs here.


DONS
8/17/2019 4:44:36 AM

This CL90 was judged at the 2019 Dixon National AMCA meet and scored 96.5 points to earn its Junior First national award.




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