Nicest I’ve Seen – 1968 Honda S90

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Post-Listing Update: Despite 28 bids on eBay, this Honda S90 did not meet reserve at $2,800.

I keep preaching about why the Honda S90 is just a little jewel of a bike, and today we’ve got an example that as nice as you’ll find, thanks to a fantastic restoration that few of these beauties ever receive.

1968 Honda S90 - Tank

So, why do I love it so much (I’ve got one in the garage and it’s the darling logo of the site)? The S90, also known as the Sport 90, 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!

1968 Honda S90 - Engine

One of the best anecdotes about this bike is a history lesson from 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 mechanically regulated 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.

1968 Honda S90 - Gauges

This specific Honda S90, thanks to a recent restoration, is nearly immaculate. The seller notes that the only flaw keeping it from ‘true concourse perfection’ is some minor gas staining on the cylinder and lower cases due to leaving the fuel petcock open.

1968 Honda S90 - Right Side

Find this Honda S90 for sale in Costa Mesa, California with bidding up to $1,525 and the reserve not yet met

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