Value of 1990s CT 70s

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  1. tinkerer

    tinkerer New Member

    Feb 9, 2020
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    I have a lead on a 1993 or 1994 Honda CT 70 in good original condition with title, and I am wondering on the value as compared to the original silver tags or 1970s units. The 1990 CTs have some nice upgrades, and I do plan on riding it on the street. I just don't want to overpay due to comparing against the 60s/70s units. I think he wants around $2500.

    Thanks in advance!

    PS. I had a CT 70H when I was a kid in the early 1970s. To bad I didn't keep it. I think I bought a Hodaka 100 after that and it was a POS.
  3. red69

    red69 Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
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    I bought a '94 a couple of years ago that needed a key, no title, but only had 1060 miles on it. He wanted $750, but I negotiated it down to $475, due to not being able to have it run. Nice running CT70.
  4. TexasJJB

    TexasJJB Member

    Mar 12, 2015
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    Several years ago I bought a '93 in near-pristine condition with 1500 miles, and I paid $1200 which was a great deal to me. I sold it two years later for $1500 so that I could buy a K0. As many in this forum have noted, the '90's bikes are mechanically superior to the older ones, but they don't command anywhere near the dollar value.
  5. racerx

    racerx Administrator
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    Jul 10, 2005
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    The value of the later bikes has increased substantially over the past 5-10 years. There are always bargains out there, exceptions to the rule, you just can't count on finding one at any given time. The proverbial "low-hanging fruit" is now long-gone. With the exception of last economic shitstorm, 2002-2010, market values have followed a very predictable trajectory. Every model/year has increased since then and the value curve actually started recovering around 2006-7. New highs were seen shortly thereafter, beginning with the early, a.k.a. "classic" K0-K1 models. As the inexpensive specimens vanished, the bucks followed the later models. To continue mixing metaphors (borrowing from our English cousins, across the pond) we're now into "the last of the summer wine";).

    Until relatively recently, the `90s bikes rarely topped $1500...and you couldn't give away a 1980s model. Over the last 5-7 years, I've seen a number of these formerly unwanted machines change hands in the $3500 range. That's for top-flight, ultra-low mileage originals. There weren't very many 1980-1994 CT70s produced; in aggregate, the sales numbers fell far short of the K1/HK1, which was manufactured for less than 12 months. Despite the low volume, market values for these are likely to be less than the 1970s era machines...but much more erratic. There just aren't enough of them, extant, to really establish a predictable market. There's a counterbalance. In addition to being the most affordable, as pristine originals, as long as the bike is complete, these machines are by far the least expensive to restore...due to the lack of chrome and candy paint colors.

    If one is just looking for a dependable rider, or a base upon which to build a custom/restomod, pretty much any K1-later is going to be mechanically the same.
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  6. Gary

    Gary Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2006
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    Just stating the obvious but with the internet and to be able to have the info at your finger tips those days are gone. My 70 with a title was bought in 98 for 100.00 by a coworker who saw it being pushed out of a garage to make room. A year later he sold it to me just to get his money back. It only needed a battery carrier and battery to run. For cosmetics-bars,headlight housing,seat cover and wheel paint.
  7. kirrbby

    kirrbby Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2009
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    I always recommend to folks... just buy it.
    Don't sweat it too much...whether or not you're getting a "good deal".
    If you want it, and you can afford it, just buy it, and enjoy it. It's worth the price to YOU, and that's all that really matters.

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