Rare 4-Speed With Clutch – 1971 Honda CT70 HKO

In Dual-Sport, Japan, Small Displacement by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This CT did not meet reserve despite 19 bids up to $4,300 on eBay.

Thanks to the success of the Z50 “Monkey”, especially in Europe and the US, Honda knew there would be room to create another mini-bike with a slightly larger engine. Keeping the simple and positively childish concept for their new creation, Honda built the DAX. DAX is short for Dachshund – wiener dog – named after the T-bone shape of the body which is reminiscent of the dog’s head and its long muzzle. One year later, the bike debuted in America under the name of Trail 70 or CT 70.

Originally, the DAX 70 was built in two versions: the road-oriented ST70 with fold down handlebars and detachable front fork, and the dual-purpose CT70 with off road tires and just the fold down handlebars. Just like the Monkey, it was a commercial success immediately. The CT70 caught the attention of Monkey owners wanting a slightly more powerful engine as well as workers like ranchers or US Forest Service employees as it replaced horses in some specific jobs. Offered at a very cheap price while being more usable and less child-size than the Monkey, the CT70 was a hit for middle America in dealerships. More importantly, Honda created a market of small, cheap, and easy to use bikes where other manufacturers generally had no offerings. In 1970, Honda introduced a now rare version of the CT70, the “HKO”. Unlike the usual transmission of a 3-speed with automatic clutch, the HKO featured a 4-speed with a manual clutch. For the complete story of the CT70 in the US, check out Trail70.

This seller really loves Honda Trail 70s!

The CT70 presented here (VIN: CT70H-141261) is a rare, fully restored, HKO. The seller claims that every part is new and OEM or the best aftermarket option where he couldn’t find some originals. It has just 103 miles since the restoration work was completed. Find this Honda CT70 in Davenport, Iowa with bidding up to $2,951 and the reserve not yet met or a BIN of $5,200