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using a honda90 for travelling

Hi folks.
I have posted elsewhere about a small bike for travelling distances/
I have a honda 90 old X reg with 3-4000 miles on clock from new. It is tatty but i have decided to save costs i might use it...even bearing in mind its limitations for speed, etc
questions i want to ask are:
present dual saddle is sore on the rear.can i replace it with the single ones which look more comfortable.
bike is still in its original equipment despite being tatty...so
what do i need to ready it for travelling
can i buy a bigger carrier than the one fitted or wil i need to get hese made up for me
the 6 volt lighting leaves a lot to be desired.Is there any way i could modify /alter this> eg change to 12 volt, upgrade,brighter bulb.
the tank is obviously a small one.....a tankful will only take me so far. as it is intergral with the frame does this mean caring fuel with me.or topping up regular?
it has its standard original tyres on it.with hardly any wear.Will these be okay or do i need to change it?
would screen be a good investment?
any other advice would be welcome..
I might say when i used to use it regular it was always relaibel and never let me down except for the battery which didnt seem to last long.
Thanks in advance.
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honda 90

More than capable! if you dont mind the slowness........
you mention it is an X reg, that would be 1983? so the tyres are like 24 years old!...change them,,, C90 tyres are not lots of money, same with the tubes, as rubber perishes.
check out ebay item number 170168709191 TYRE COMPLETE PACKAGE DEAL 1 x 250 x 17" Front Ribbed TUBED TYPE Tyre, 1 x 250 x 17" Rear TUBED TYPE Tyre, 2 x HEAVY DUTY BUTYL 250 x 17" Inner Tube , 2 x 17" Rim Tapes for less than 30 quid!!


the seat, do a sheepskin. its easier... plus the dual seat gives you room to move and stretch legs a little. YES screen is a good idea, as is extending the legshields 4" wider with some ally or plastic.

look on here for various pics or do a google search for pics of C90s in "touring trim", if you or a mate have a welder, wont take long to knock up a strong rack. or use BIG pop rivets or bolts and Nyloc washers, its not pretty but easy, cheap and easy to fix on the road.

dunno about the 12v, someone else can answer that one, i know the lights are crap, but a better bulb may help.

just give it a good service, oil and filters, air filter, plug, points and condenser and a new battery......dont forget the tyres n tubes..... check the cables, brakes, and wiring........... MOT it, then explore!

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It Has Been Done - and why not !

Some inspiration perhaps ?

http://www.honda50.cc/
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Some inspiration perhaps ?

http://www.honda50.cc/
I see they upgraded the 50's to 90cc! A good idea, I did the Elephant rally some years ago on a 50cc stepthru and it would hardly go up some of the hills under its own power when loaded up. I think it averaged about twice the speed I'd do on a pedal bike. I've toured on 100's, 125's and similar without any problem but the 50 was just too slow
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i might point out that the seat is knackered..so is it worthwhile restoring or spares place .if they exsist?
if i use sheepkin is that just while riding as a bit of rain and your gonna have a wetter bum?or a proper seat wit sheep skin cover..sorry if i seem so naff!
i have to say the bike has only been used for commuting in the past....shame on me letting it get into a bad state
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spares.......

Paul, the holy grail of spares for the C90 is called ebay.
if you cant get it on there, it not available.
also Google search for spares , plenty of places in london do spares, ask any taxi (back cab) driver as they use em for the knowledge and usually know of someone who has one for sale/spares/etc.
also look in the LOOT and MCN (motor cycle news)

just remember this......if anyone ever laughs at you, its only cos there jealous. 100+mpg is not to be sniffed at these days.
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i think the immediate need is for silencer and seat and battery..rest il search for
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I was just giving you the details of single seat conversions when I realised yours is the older c90.
this does limit the availability of bits when compared to the later 85cc machine. you are stuck with 6 volts unless you do some major surgery, as most if not all were 6v with the points setup.
what weather are you traveling in? in winter the screen is a must have, but the c90 is incredibly robust, I use the cub varient and the abuse it has survived is incredible, even worked fine at -36c. the older motors have stronger drive train, and are totally field servieable.
try www.cub90.co. uk there are loads of helpful folk there.
get a granny stylee shopping basket over the front wheel, this will carry a gallon can, and give you a total range of 180 miles.
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I was just giving you the details of single seat conversions when I realised yours is the older c90.
this does limit the availability of bits when compared to the later 85cc machine. you are stuck with 6 volts unless you do some major surgery, as most if not all were 6v with the points setup.
what weather are you traveling in? in winter the screen is a must have, but the c90 is incredibly robust, I use the cub varient and the abuse it has survived is incredible, even worked fine at -36c. the older motors have stronger drive train, and are totally field servieable.
try www.cub90.co. uk there are loads of helpful folk there.
get a granny stylee shopping basket over the front wheel, this will carry a gallon can, and give you a total range of 180 miles.
Building on that, I would look around for a 12V later version - they are on ebay, for not too much money, quite regularly - and keep the 6V one for local trips.
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Building on that, I would look around for a 12V later version - they are on ebay, for not too much money, quite regularly - and keep the 6V one for local trips.
how do you keep one for trips locally lol
once it was on id keep it one.but thanks for your advice as i wasnt sure if they did a conversion to 12 volts.in the local shop they reckoned it should have been 12 volts already,but i remember buying a 6 volt battery and the light is ugh!.okay for town lights...but wouldn't want to be in any real dark place.....i've tried that one lol!
thanks for the granny basket idea.....i suppose you might need to have a plastic /metal fuel can though!
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just do this to it.

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Hi folks.
I have posted elsewhere about a small bike for travelling distances/
I have a honda 90 old X reg with 3-4000 miles on clock from new. It is tatty but i have decided to save costs i might use it...even bearing in mind its limitations for speed, etc
questions i want to ask are:
present dual saddle is sore on the rear.can i replace it with the single ones which look more comfortable.
bike is still in its original equipment despite being tatty...so
what do i need to ready it for travelling
can i buy a bigger carrier than the one fitted or wil i need to get hese made up for me
the 6 volt lighting leaves a lot to be desired.Is there any way i could modify /alter this> eg change to 12 volt, upgrade,brighter bulb.
the tank is obviously a small one.....a tankful will only take me so far. as it is intergral with the frame does this mean caring fuel with me.or topping up regular?
it has its standard original tyres on it.with hardly any wear.Will these be okay or do i need to change it?
would screen be a good investment?
any other advice would be welcome..
I might say when i used to use it regular it was always relaibel and never let me down except for the battery which didnt seem to last long.
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you wanna buy it an strip it down.........i think the first battle is to get the steering lock to move lol.Tried to move it to back garden and it stuck lol
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cheaper now then?

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you wanna buy it an strip it down.........i think the first battle is to get the steering lock to move lol.Tried to move it to back garden and it stuck lol
that mean its cheaper now then?
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cheaper?

hope cheap is cheap....as said before the engine hasnt done above 9000 mile from new lol
its sat outside my house for 6 year in the rain....but i bet if someone has time it wil be a great runner..mind you might need new tyres,they are the originals lol and a seat! and battery and exhaust.........rest if still there lol
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