The copy I have says it was a reprint, I can't find any dates. The bike in the article looks pre-1970s though. I would like to know when this article was originally written.
There will always be room in my shop for a Honda 90. I graduated from a minibike to a Trail 90 when I was 9 in the 1980's, and just this past summer had an absolute riot on another Trail 90 in the mountains around Ouray, CO with some of my family. Mine happens to be a 1973, same as the one in this test. You can see what my beat up, 45 year old CT90 looks like in color here.
July 2017 saw the fruition of a trip some of my family had been planning. Once in a while my brothers and my dad and I get together and ride motorcycles and sometimes there's a theme. The first trip we just rode what we had, and the theme was to ride across Colorado without touching interstates for as long as we could. The second ride was a shorter one, from Johnstown, CO to Estes Park via backroads, but on old scramblers. Mostly Honda twins and one Bridgestone.
This time an email brainstorm chain broke out about road tripping some goofball scooters, which eventually evolved into a dirt road trip on Honda Trail 90s. Once that was decided, we descended upon Craigslist and between 4 of us had bought 7 bikes within a few weeks. A couple ran, most didn't, and the two I bought were basically parts bikes (one still is). We decided the roads and trails around Ouray, CO would be our playground. Good times were had, the bikes lived through it all, and we learned that the little 90s don't breathe any better than we do above 12,000 feet.
Here are some pics to prove it, and to enjoy. Big smiles from little bikes!
Honda's first real enduro bike.
"Return of the Interceptor."
"The ugly duckling, powered by the world's most sophisticated mass production four-stroke engine, has blossomed into beauty."
Cross country on the Mighty Ninety. Not a road test, but a fun read. This year my Dad and brothers are collecting some Mighties of our own for the soul purpose of giggles while we see some remote places in Colorado. I hope our 90s forty years later are as reliable as this one was for this guy. (Turns out they were very reliable little old bikes, and heaps of fun!)
One look tells you everything you don't need to know.
The latest chapter in America's V-twin love affair.
The marketing people said custom. The government said 700cc. The owners said V-four, water-cooling, shaft drive. Honda listened to everyone and then said one word. Magna.