The Honda S90 is a staff favorite here at Bike-urious – we’ve got a ’68 in our personal garage. Also known as the Sport 90, this Honda was based on the Super Cub, another 90cc engine bike that was much more popular. Those 90cc pumped out 8 horsepower, allowing for a top speed of up to 65mph when piloted by a small rider. 90 mpg was easily possible, making this an economical (and beautiful) commuter bike, as long as you don’t need to spend any time on the freeway!
Back in the 60s, the state of Nevada had requirements for motorcycle riders between the ages of 14-16. They couldn’t own a bike more powerful than 6.5 horsepower, and they had to stay under 35 miles per hour – though the latter was not regulated by the bike and had to be controlled by the rider him/herself. Though the Honda S90 produced 8 hp, Honda denied having more than 6.5 hp at the rear wheel, amusingly done so in a letter to a Honda dealership in Nevada to counter complaints by the Nevada Highway Patrol that the motorcycles were too quick.
This specific Honda S90 is quite original, and seems to have not suffered the typical neglect these bikes did, as most owners were young and maintenance might not have been a first priority. Of course, you can’t forget that these bikes are now nearly 50 years old. This bike was owned by a college professor for the first decade of its life, then stored for another 30+ years. The current owner seems to have restored nearly everything, leaving a bike that’s not concourse but in excellent shape otherwise.
Find this Honda S90 here on eBay with the reserve not yet met at $1,225 with 5 days left in Atlanta, Georgia.