1968 ct 90 ROAD TIRES???

Whiplash

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Howdy Anybody, I have a 1968 CT 90 Trailbike. This bike will never ride in the dirt. I use it to ride around town. I have been riding for a long time, but I have the original knobby tires on the bike, they are cracking and wearing down. I want to buy a really nice street tire, one the grips well in the rain, and a dry street. I rip around pretty good, sometimes those corners fell a little slippery. A Dunlop or Goodyear tire?? If anyone has a suggestion please let me know. I want to hit those corners fast and low. It's fun on the little bike. Thanks, Bruce Aka- Whiplash (My email is camhock@hotmail.com)
 
You'll be very happy with an IRC 2.75-17 street tire, available on ebay for about $33 with free shipping. If you prefer, Michelins are about $50 each. My neighbor has the IRC's on his CT110 and couldn't be happier. They make the steering lighter and more responsive as well as providing a smoother ride. I have them on my CL90 as well, I ride flat out in the canyons.
 

Whiplash

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You'll be very happy with an IRC 2.75-17 street tire, available on ebay for about $33 with free shipping. If you prefer, Michelins are about $50 each. My neighbor has the IRC's on his CT110 and couldn't be happier. They make the steering lighter and more responsive as well as providing a smoother ride. I have them on my CL90 as well, I ride flat out in the canyons.
Hey to many bikes, I know what you mean. I have 6 bikes. Thanks for the reply. I will figure it out.
Whiplash
I run a Michelin Gazelle on my CL100 that is very quiet.

Rick
I am going to take a look at those. Thanks for the reply
Whiplash
 

Whiplash

New Member
You'll be very happy with an IRC 2.75-17 street tire, available on ebay for about $33 with free shipping. If you prefer, Michelins are about $50 each. My neighbor has the IRC's on his CT110 and couldn't be happier. They make the steering lighter and more responsive as well as providing a smoother ride. I have them on my CL90 as well, I ride flat out in the canyons.
howdy, too many bikes, the IRC tire your happy with, is that the NR-53 or the TR1?
Whiplash
 

-Nate

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FWIW, yes the IRC brand tires are O.k. and hold the road well .

OTOH, if you're one of those few like my son who rides his CT90 at 10/10ths on the street, the Michelin Gazelles are what you want as they'll out last everything else as well as resist punctures far better .

The real question is : can you afford to put $45 tires plus tubes and rim strips on your bike ? .
 
In all honesty, most Li'l Honda riders don't ride enough miles to wear out their tires before they become old enough to be unsafe. I ride my little Hondas a couple of hundred miles a month, and even those will be replaced due to age rather than wear.
 

-Nate

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This is so, I used to be able to use 35 + year old tires with no problems, I'd buy a new good quality (means NOT CHINESE) tube, mount 'er up and off I went .

I ride quite a bit and have only ever worn Honda 17" tires out a few times .

The modern tires are designed to begin rotting in less than 5 years, they scare me so away they go .
 
I had 9 at one time, 3 CT70's, an ST90, 2 CT90's, my CL90, My Harley and a Yamaha XV920 . But then in California they made it that you couldn't register any vehicle unless it was insured, so I had to cull the fleet. Even now, registration on my little bikes are $134 a year each. How can you possibly have time to ride them, are they all running and street legal?
 

-Nate

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Oh, oh ~ sliding into the old ball & chain stories again.......

I remember my ex wife always complained about my love of motor vehicles, she said she felt jealous .

When she finally bailed out she said 'I'm leaving and you can KEEP all those old trucks and Motos and cars ! " .

SWEET .

I don't miss her one bit .
 
Fortunately, my wife of 48 years understands my love of bikes and cars and trains. I proposed to her in my '63 409 Biscayne. But she'll always be my number 1. Also, as bad as they are in cars, old, hard tires are the worse thing you you could have on your bike. New cheap tires are better than old expensive tires.
 

hambone

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I had 9 at one time, 3 CT70's, an ST90, 2 CT90's, my CL90, My Harley and a Yamaha XV920 . But then in California they made it that you couldn't register any vehicle unless it was insured, so I had to cull the fleet. Even now, registration on my little bikes are $134 a year each. How can you possibly have time to ride them, are they all running and street legal?
Sad to say I don't ride much anymore but still have the passion, about 75% of them run, still want to restore a few more. Figure my two sons will have a neat little collection one day, they love bike as much as I do. Here are a few, hope everyone likes pics. IMG_1022.JPGIMG_0843.JPGIMG_0627.JPGIMG_0551.JPGIMG_0550 (2).JPGIMG_0541 (1).JPGIMG_0456 (1).JPGIMG_0202.JPGIMG_0892.jpg
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-Nate

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Nice ! .

I envy your shop, I work out side .

My son is 42 Y.O. and wants nothing to do with my old crap .

It'll all go to scrap after they find me dead in the bathroom some day .
 

hambone

Member
Thanks Nate, my kids are in there 30's, both live out of town and both fly for a living, so I don't get to see them often. When they come to visit, the first thing they do is head for the shop to see what new is going on, I'm retiring at the end of the month so I will have a lot of time to catch up on my projects. I'm sure I will have a few more bikes before they find me find me in the bathroom, I hope anyway.:) I'm putting a new crank in my H1 500 at the moment.
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-Nate

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Two Smokers are a thing, I don't much like them but have had a few and they were pretty good .

My favorite was a 1968 (?) Suzuki X6 Hustler, 250CC twin with 6 speed tranny, boy howdy did that thing fly, even two up and I'm not small neither was my psycho-b*tch girlfriend and it tore up the Sta. Monica Mountains .

I also had a 1967 Yamaha LY2-C, 100CC electric start single, a sturdy little bike that my buddy had in high school, he wasn't able to break it no matter how hard he tried, he ran it on DRAIN OIL and still it soldiered on .

Decades later I stumbled across one at the original El Camino Moto Swap Meet, it had a simple electrical problem so the shop sold it to me for $150 (TIP : don't take your grocery money to the swap meet !) , I fixed the electrical problem and rode it hard until a leaky crank seal caused it to hole a piston .

I used fully synthetic two stroke oil so it didn't smoke but it sure was noisy ! .

In 1973 or so I had a Bridgestone 100 single, this model had a chrome lined cylinder, it was O.K., rotary shift that nearly but my dumb @$$ over the handlebars a couple times, after a few weeks I traded it for a Honda CT90, *much* slower but able to be ridden flat out as long as you wanted, just like every other old Honda Moto .

I think I rode a Kawasaki triple a few times, way too much m\bike for my limited riding skills ! .
 
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