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Honda CT110

So was looking at small bikes which would be capable of overland travel and I came across the Honda CT110 or Postie Bike...has anyone had one of these bikes ? They seem to only available in OZ at auction when the postal service is getting rid of them when they reach 30k or so...anyone have any feedback of this bike and what you should watch out for when buying one ? and anyone here from OZ fancy picking one up from auction for me if i was crazy enough to buy one and try get it shipped over to the UK ?? or has anyone found a bike of similar size that is more available in europe ??
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Buy one in NZ much easier than OZ. OZ only got them for public use relatively recently.NZ was much more enlightened and has had them for years road legal. Farmers etc use them and they are also available as an AG version with dual sidestands and a low range 'box.
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Was trying to figure out how much it would cost to ship one to the uk ? and where would be the best place to buy one ? Auction ?
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Oz Post has been using the CT series (90, 100 and now 110) for a number of years ...

Wasting money
Shipping a bike to the UK from OZ/NZ would be wasted money .. you could ride the bike there and then ride it back ...

A google on 'postie bike' should get you a few hits on people who have bought and used them .. hummm the Royal Mail probably does not use them due to the British weather ? What about farm bikes (Agricultural Motorcycles)?
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I love my Postie!!

I have FOUR! bought directly from AusPost for under $1000 each.

In November, four of us are setting off around Australia on them...

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And.... the iconic red CT110 has now been replaced by the ND110... so ALL the CT110's will be up for auction in the next year and phased out. Snap one up now while you still can!

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Try Trademe.co.nz they have them listed from time to time.
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I didnt know you could buy them directly from OZ Post....anyone any ideas how much ot would cost to ship 2 of them to the uk ? waiting on cargo company to come back to me with a price.....getting parts could be an issue too, i would have to get everything sent from oz....depression setting in....maybe ill just get a honda club 90...
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I didnt know you could buy them directly from OZ Post....anyone any ideas how much ot would cost to ship 2 of them to the uk ? waiting on cargo company to come back to me with a price.....getting parts could be an issue too, i would have to get everything sent from oz....depression setting in....maybe ill just get a honda club 90...
Ask Dave Milligan from Get Routed about shipping costs.
When the bikes leave Auspost they are graded A, B and D (damaged?) and are priced accordingly, so for parts - just get a second bike and keep it for spares...
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"........ hummm the Royal Mail probably does not use them due to the British weather ?" : QUOTE

Don't you get out much mate?
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This British guy rode his CT 110 from Sydney to London

Sydney Australia to London England on a moped. The adventure travel blog of Nathan Millward | The Postman

He's recently ridden it across the US. As reliable and simple bikes go, I don't think you can go far wrong.

Have a look at Bikesales.com.au. It's the biggest web site for bike sales here in Aus.

Nathan got his from OneTen bikes in Brisbane. They set him up with a great bike and sent him spares throughout the trip.
http://www.onetenmotorcycles.com.au/

I'd definitely consider getting one myself for a road trip, but then I am based in Aus (and a Brit!)

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Oh and also check out this guy, he did a thorough breakdown of prepping his 110 for a trip.

Postie Bike Setup for Adventure - YouTube
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I had to ride one of these horrors for work. Yes, I'm an ex postie. Well telegram boy actually. I've been riding for over 30 years, most of which I've not had a car licence. I've owned dozens of bikes and ridden hundreds. The postie is without any doubt the worst motorcycle I've ever ridden. You might want to ride one as a lark, but that would be the only possible reason. Look, I rode 70 km with a flat front tyre a couple of weeks ago and it was *far* better than riding a bran new postie. They're far too heavy at the back and too light at the front. The tiny pipe that connects the front to the back is alarmingly flexible. The gearbox is grindingly horrible and without the heel shifter your toe would fall off. The front brake is only slightly better than dragging your feet on the ground, but if you really really pull hard you can make the front wheel jump up and down and make squealing noises. It barely slows you down but it is exciting. There's no identifiable damping in the front forks. The footpegs are made of solid steel rod without any hinge so if you catch your foot on a rut the bike will neatly snap your ankle. The ones I rode were given a full service every 1000 km and were *totally* stuffed when we got rid of them at 10 000. The oil came out filled with metalic chips every change. I hear they now keep them for 25 000 km. I can't imagine the state they must be in. Honda used to rate them for a total load of 90 kg but now they seem to rate them at 109 (without changing anything). That includes the rider so if you carry any luggage your insurer would be quite within their rights to wash their hands of you in any accident.

They're a completely valid choice for transport, in just the same way a unicycle is. A guy just went around Australia on a Unicycle.
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I had to ride one of these horrors for work. Yes, I'm an ex postie. Well telegram boy actually. I've been riding for over 30 years, most of which I've not had a car licence. I've owned dozens of bikes and ridden hundreds. The postie is without any doubt the worst motorcycle I've ever ridden. You might want to ride one as a lark, but that would be the only possible reason. Look, I rode 70 km with a flat front tyre a couple of weeks ago and it was *far* better than riding a bran new postie. They're far too heavy at the back and too light at the front. The tiny pipe that connects the front to the back is alarmingly flexible. The gearbox is grindingly horrible and without the heel shifter your toe would fall off. The front brake is only slightly better than dragging your feet on the ground, but if you really really pull hard you can make the front wheel jump up and down and make squealing noises. It barely slows you down but it is exciting. There's no identifiable damping in the front forks. The footpegs are made of solid steel rod without any hinge so if you catch your foot on a rut the bike will neatly snap your ankle. The ones I rode were given a full service every 1000 km and were *totally* stuffed when we got rid of them at 10 000. The oil came out filled with metalic chips every change. I hear they now keep them for 25 000 km. I can't imagine the state they must be in. Honda used to rate them for a total load of 90 kg but now they seem to rate them at 109 (without changing anything). That includes the rider so if you carry any luggage your insurer would be quite within their rights to wash their hands of you in any accident.

They're a completely valid choice for transport, in just the same way a unicycle is. A guy just went around Australia on a Unicycle.
Nice first post! The truth must come out, I guess.

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They're far too heavy at the back and too light at the front. The tiny pipe that connects the front to the back is alarmingly flexible. The gearbox is grindingly horrible and without the heel shifter your toe would fall off. The front brake is only slightly better than dragging your feet on the ground,

They're a completely valid choice for transport, in just the same way a unicycle is. A guy just went around Australia on a Unicycle.
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