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- The calendar
says it's spring, someone please tell the gloabl warming folks,
the weathwerman and, of course, jet stream. Oh well, the late
snows will soon be a fading memory...along with cabin fever. Time
to get out & ride. It's also time to get going on this year's
- The newest generation of our popular Super
Stealth exhaust will be ready by early May. As with the original
generation, these will all be hand-built, tuned to your
requirements. However, you will now have the option of a
user-tunable end baffle, plus some internal improvements that will
be detailed at a later time.
- While we have most wheel sprockets in stock, we
have run out of some sizes, most notably 29T. New stock will be
arriving by April 16th. Sizes available include: 28, 29, 30,
31, 32, 33 and for H-model purists 45t.
- Countershaft sprockets available: 16, 17, 18. 16t
offset for rear wheel clearance with wide rims & fat tires
will be available and very reasonably priced.
- New tank decals are now available: standard K0
type, K0 style custom in red and yellow versions, green
K0 style as used on "Lady Dax/White Dax" models and lastly OEM Dax
style. We also have Dax sidebadges in 12v size; these can be used
on 6v frames but will look best attached to an aluminum plate the
size of the frame incuse.
- Honda Nice fit kits are now on the shelf. These
consist of top quality modular footrest assemblies that allow
removal of the footpegs while leaving the kickstand in place (a
slick way of cleaning you oil spinner - no workstand needed),
"real bike" spring-loaded folding footpegs and a customized rear
brake arm (your choice of raw steel, painted or chromed). These
are plug & play and also fit Chinese engines that copy the
- We now offer custom-made-to-order throttle &
clutch cables. Details upon request.
- Have a good working coil but the plug lead is too
short? We now repair these and the finished result is good enough
for a show bike and at fraction of the cost of replacing your
- New H.D. chains are in. These are the same
quality and strength as the popular IRIS & D.I.D. chains, but
at a lower price. All chains are cut to your specified length and
molten paraffin lubed for unsurpassed durability &
- May should mark a major milestone - The Shop Bike
will break the 12,000-mile mark with the Nice engine in place. At
that time, we will post a longterm wite-up of the experience. If
you're interested in what can be done to make one of these little
bikes truly roadworthy, then you absolutely do not want to miss
this upcoming feature.
- The site update is still moving along, and there
are numerous project write-ups, pictorials and helmet-cam
footage, backlogged for the present time. Once the new format
is launched, the update floodgates will be opened...please stay
- Time to start planning those 2009 projects if
you'd like to get them road-ready in time for the beginning of the
`09 riding season. Complete builds are very involved and
time-consuming. Take advantage of the offseason, while the
inevitable bottlenecks in every project don't keep you off the
- The Nice engine has been sold. If your plans
include purchasing one of these fine units, then we recommend
placing your order now to insure receiving it well ahead of the
- As feared, September and October, to this
point have seen the smallest number of painting days in many
years, less than 10. To those who got their framesets here in
time, the rush shipping has paid off.
- We are temporarily out of Nice engine "fit
kits", due to a shortage of footrest assembly parts. More are on
order and should arrive by year's end. To the large number of
customers who unexpectedly depleted our stock we say "thank you
very much for your patronage"
- Should we see an Indian Summer yet this season
and the nice conditions fall on a Saturday, we have tentatively
planned a ride for the Ann Arbor - Dexter area. If you'd like to
join-in, contact us via e-mail.
- This is the time of year when we replenish parts
inventories. If you would like to special order something, now is
the best time as shipping costs will be less and the US dollar has
- With the fall season almost upon us, this is
absolutely last call for frame refinishing until spring of `09.
Winter frame set paintwork is not available until further
notice. If your plans include assembling a bike over the winter,
don't delay, get it here while there is still time. This affects
catalyzed urethane frame and body painting only. Everything else,
including media blasting, painting of small items such as wheel
assemblies, tank brackets, etc are unaffected and can be done
- Stealth series exhausts are nearly sold-out and
once this batch is depleted it may be some time before we will be
able to again supply them.
- This year's trek to copper country was a smashing
success, with hot & sunny weather we covered over 200 miles,
over widely varied terrain, in three days. Keep checking back over
the next several months as we edit the hours of helmet-cam
video we shot of these excursions into web-friendly clips.
- We have one brand-new, never-fired, Nice engine
on the shelf, available for immediate delivery. This doesn't
happen very often. This time around we ordered a few extras and
actually got them(!)
- Many thanks to our multitude of customers around
the globe. There was no slow season this year. The
major site retooling we had planned has been placed on hold
- We have just processed another batch of
restoration hardware. For those intent on doing a "matching
numbers" type of restoration, we offer small batch restoration of
your cad/zinc plated parts. For those looking to save a few bucks,
we also offer restored items on an ala carte basis. Done on a
core-exchange basis, the cost is very reasonable. This allows us
to match your hardware exactly. Most items can be had outright, at
a higher cost. We can also "mix & match" - for example, bolts
with the "8" head markings & stainless nuts/washers &
- We are pleased to announce our latest addition to
the skunkworks catalog: our new 3-piece, modular subframe brace.
If you're running big displacement or just like the feel of a
stiffer frame with smoother running, this is the ticket. Now it's
easier to install.
- Our Super Stealth exhaust, already hugely
popular, can now be ordered with a user-adjustable rear baffle;
details upon request. These are being successfully used with
engines up to 160cc. The original prototype has shown no signs of
change or distress after 3000 miles on the Shop bike, and the
field service record of the many sold continues to be unblemished.
- By popular demand, we now offer a very
limited number of K1 seat covers with heat-pressed seams.
These are available on a first come/first served basis.
- Drive chains can now be supplied lubed with
molten paraffin for $15 extra, cut to length. The advantages of
this method of lubing include: does not attract dirt/dust, no
messy oil spatter and the wax seals the link pins (important since
O-ring #420 chain is not available).
- Coming soon... custom battery carriers to allow
fitment of a sealed 12v battery in 6v (`69 K0-`82) frame. We have
them back from the plater and will make them available for sale
- We also have a new modular footrest assembly for
the Nice engine. This is a rubber-isolated, two-piece unit
available with either fixed footpegs or deluxe
spring-loaded/rubber covered pegs. A chrome-plated/adjustable
length kickstand is available also.
- We have received a new shipment of fully
adjustable piggyback-type shocks in 330mm length. These are in
stock and available for immediate shipment. Price is $279/pair.
Want to give your CT a plush ride? Then these are the hot ticket.
- Another new item is our Cat's eye LED tail
light/brake light. This is available with either a clear or red
lens (lights red when powered). Price and availability upon
- The lead time for new Nice engines has been long
at times, due to demand outstripping supply. Please take this into
account if planning on placing an order
This time around, a single announcement:
We have begun the I/T changeover that
was planned some time ago. During the transitional phase of
this project, there are likely to be glitches from time-to-time.
Mainly, these will consist of slow replies to e-mail and non-working
mpeg video links. Needless to say, the schedule will be very full
for the next few weeks. We remain open for business as usual. Please
be patient as we work toward upgrading the website to provide an
even more enjoyable & informative experience.
- The big announcement is that we are once again
able to offer both economy chrome plating and show-quality triple
chrome (as well as nickel, copper and gold plating).
- It's hard to believe that the shop bike has been
in storage for over two months now. Indian summer
lasted until late October this year, giving us opportunities
to visit the Franklin, Dexter and Parshalville cider mills by
bike. The sights & fragrances around a cider mill on a
warm sunny day are even rarer and more enchanting than springtime,
bordering on the surreal and all the more intense on a bike.
Yep, it was only a month ago, but with late November bringing
record lows on the heels of the record highs of October,
it seems almost like another lifetime...or a dream.
- We have received another major shipment of
quality items. Some will be added to the parts pages, others will
be tested & evaluated. As always, special orders are welcome
at no extra charge.
- The winter schedule is surprisingly full this
time around. The time to begin planning your project for `08 is
- Simlarly, demand for Nice engines has grown
beyond supply, especially for new units. We're holding the line on
price, however, there have been delays in obtaining these engines.
We strongly recommend placing your order as early as possible to
avoid disappointment. Once the weather warms up, lead times are
almost certain to get longer.
- Likewise, we'll be ready to roll as soon as warm
weather returns in the spring. If you have ideas/suggestions for
local rides, forward them to us without delay.
- This winter will be vastly different than in the
past. With a full project schedule, including multiple major
builds and major hardware, software and site changes coming, there
will be no offseason. Thus, we have no idea how extensive the
changes will be or when they will be implemented. Platform
changes are usually an involved process and Microsoft certainly
hasn't done anyone any favors lately...with the possible exception
of their honchos.
of year always seems to pass by too quickly for our
liking. The days start getting noticeably shorter right
around Labor Day and less than a month later, the low sun
of October lets you know that riding season in this part of the
world is coming to an end. Happily, we finally got to enjoy an
Indian Summer...for the first time in about fifteen years. Lots of
helmet-cam video was shot over the last month which we hope to
edit this down into downloadable clips over the winter months, when
they'll provide a bit of uplift from the "Michigan Greys".
The October 6th Ride was a blast;
its route began near Union Lake, winding scenically, through
Milford, Hamburg, Pinckney, Hell, Dexter, Ann Arbor,
Scio, Salem, western Novi and Farmington Hills. With mostly
sunny skies and temperatures well into the 80s, it was 139 miles of
great memories. We'll be sharing some of them with you as a little
over three hours of helmet-cam video was shot this day alone.We even
picked up an impromptu (and totally unexpected) street race along
the way...hilarious! Look for an upgraded "moment of Zen" when
the feature returns in a couple of months.
The summer painting schedule was completely filled
and we really put in some long hours fulfilling those last few
jobs. Many thanks to our loyal customers who have patiently worked
with us during what has been our busiest stretch ever.
The last paint job of the season was completed on the 22nd and will
be heading back to a lucky rider who resides in a warm part of the
country. Winter pricing is now in effect for frameset
paintwork. Wheels, hubs, engine covers & seat pans are
not subject to the winter painting surcharge.
We can now convert your old analog speedometer to
user-programmable electronic. The new LED "guts" can be fitted to
existing speedo cases and placed into the stock location
inside a K0 or 12V headlight bucket. These new units
can also be used with a K1 & later type or aftermarket headlight
shell; they're small enough for discrete mounting in a variety of
locations and feature speed, odometer, trip meter and timer. All you
need is 12v electrics and the kit is an easy install.
Ride safely, keep the shiny side up and we'll see
you again in a few weeks.
continues to be our busiest season yet, with no slowdown yet in
sight. Still..."time, tide & seasons wait for no one". If a
repaint is in your plans, the time to secure one of the last
remaining slots is now. Winter pricing goes into effect
Site updates are going to be erratic for at least
the next three months, probably longer. Please be patient. We have
enough new material, both backlogged & upcoming, to keep things
interesting for six months and the quantity keeps growing!
Our new "Super Stealth" exhaust is now ready for
your order. We've logged well over 500 miles of "ride it like you
stole it" testing on the prototype and the results have been
satisfying to say the least.
Sadly, our video library won't be updated or
expanded anytime soon. Vacation plans were shot down in flames
enroute by a suicidal deer who must have listened to Fox news (or
something?). We had planned to shoot 5-10 hours worth of raw
"footage" in the Western U.P. and Keewenaw areas, to be edited down
and posted over the dreary winter months...maybe next year.
We have one last ride in the
works for October 6th. This will take place, weather
permitting, in the Ann Arbor-Dexter area. If you are interested in
participating, contact us ASAP. Obviously, fall weather is wildly
unpredictable and we're fair weather riders around here. So,
if it's near-freezing and snowing horizontally...as happened last
year on this date, it'll be a no-go. Otherwise, 70-degree temps are
more the norm and the riding in this area is nicely
Back to business as usual as another summer season
fades into memory, our least favorite time of year. Time to start
thinking about `08
after the last site update, our computer lapsed into a coma. We've
also experienced storm-related IP outages. We've been
here, as scheduled, for the duration but unable to make any changes
to the site until now. We will be placing a new computer and new
software into service sooner than expected (or wanted) and there may
be glitches during the transition, no way of knowing how smoothly
things will turn out. The entire site will be changed extensively
late this year, though what forms those changes might take are far
from certain. Our e-mail is has failsafe backup, so rest assurred
that we will be here, ready to answer all inquiries as normal for
the duration, regardless of any technical glitches that may or may
We will be
closed for all business and e-mail from August 28th through
Projects have been rolling along at a healthy pace
this summer and we already have more development projects in the
pipeline than we can possibly hope to complete during all of 2008!
The shop bike is up & running and is a stunning
success. Details can be found in the shop bike section. It's
been an exceptional saga right along, this time it's because
the finished project has actually exceeded even our high
The biggest skunkworks project for this year,
the ultimate front end, is now available by special order.
The silver bullet is well along in its development.
The actual bolt-together phase of the build will begin in earnest
We've added another OEM color to our pallet: Candy
We've begun testing our latest skunkworks project:
the "Super stealth" exhaust. Our working prototype should
have close to 1000 under its belt by the next site update. Should it
work out as expected, we will begin taking orders soon. If you're
looking for a quiet & mellow exhaust note with no loss of power,
this may be the ultimate in stock appearance and
improved performance. Eventually, we plan to offer a
user-tuneable end baffle for this system. This is a clean-sheet
design, offered nowhere else.
Upcoming skunkworks projects include a Nice
converison kit and some slick new electronic gauge units.
(Finally, accurate speed readings and a trip meter for the
small bike rider.)
The summer season will be over before you know
it. Our summertime painting schedule in nearly
filled, as usually happens this time of year. If you want your bike
painted, secure your spot in line now...before the winter price
- Many thanks to
our many clients for making this our busiest spring ever! The full
schedule has had a major impact on our operations. The changes,
overall, are for the better, as outlined in the balance of this
month's news items. Unfortunately, with the same 24 hours/day in
which to work, something had to give way...namely site updates and
our personal projects. The site will be updated on an
ongoing, piecemeal, basis as opposed to the sweeping changes
seen in the past.
raising the bar and further advancing the state-of-the-art for our
favorite small bikes. The custom special is about to be surpassed
by the upcoming all-new Silver Bullet project. If you're
interested in seeing just how far a CT70 can be hotrodded, then
you'll want to check this one out, it's a mindblower!
current skunkworks project, the ultimate front end, is near
completion and, along with the shop bike, should be on the road
bythe end of June. This is another watershed development for any
serious rider. Details will be updated, mid-month, in the shop
- There are
more new parts than can be added (over 2200 items & counting)
to the parts pages for the time being. If there's an OEM or
aftermarket item you want, please inquire. Selected developments
include new aftermarket CT70 aluminum swingarms, complete
disc brake rear end kit, new exhausts (including upcoming options
for the Stealth exhaust), lower prices on new Nice engines and
complete Nice conversion packages.
- For the
restoration enthusiasts, we've added Candy Topaz Orange to the
list of available paint colors...by popular demand.
- For those
who've patiently waited-out another longer-than-average late
winter/early spring... painting season is here and the schedule is
- For our video
fans, we'll be shooting more and better footage this summer and
fall. Look for a DVD or two around year's end.
- 2006 was our busiest season yet.
Sadly, it was capped-off with the most dismal autumn season
we can remember. With summer-like weather ending abruptly in early
September, our riding season ended almost two months earlier than
last year. While we held out hope for an Indian summer and a last
mini-tour to a cider mill, seeing the snow fly during the first
week in October (a record for this part of the world, as far as we
know) put the kibosh on riding for `06. The record/near-record
cold also jammed our schedule as we literally worked double-time
to complete ten weeks worth of projects in five weeks. Just as
strangely, winter turned out to be a no-show until February.
We finally got to take some much-needed down time around the end
of the year, after which the realization of just how long the
site has languished really sank in. It takes considerable time to
prepare even a single new page and we've updated several and
added new ones. You're getting a good 3-4 months worth
of site updates/upgrades in a single shot this time. For
those wondering why the site updates have been so long in the
making...now you know.
- We hope to keep the site updates coming
along at the old pace, with a few flurries of rapid additions
along the way for the next few months. Unfortunately, the
updates will slow down by the beginning of summer. We do have
a goodly number of new items on hand that haven't yet been listed,
so if you're looking for something you don't see...feel free to
ask. It will take months to finish the parts section additions. As
always, special orders are welcomed.
- New pages have been added, including Nice engine
HQ, Engines & parts, tuning; the long-awaited MCM Skunkworks
page, plus additions to existing pages, new tech
feature covering our most popular restomod package which will
become a permanent site addition, new mpeg videos (be really
patient with the download times, the files are huge, flash player
required), lots of new addtions to the parts pages (just the tip
of the iceberg).
- Time to start planning rides for 2007. Be sure to
check the CT70 webboard for details of this summer's get-together
Tentative rides include events in the Copper Harbor,
MI area for the week following Independence day &
the week following Labor Day, Dexter-Ann Arbor in late
September/early October and the Milford/Pinckney area for sometime
in June. We encourage any and all feedback/suggestions for these
and other possible rides. There's nothing quite like touring on
these little bikes, especially on a warm summer afternoon.
- Check out the galleries for the newest additions.
This month we feature an original 1969 K0
- Future installments include step-by-step
restorations. This month's tech page details a complete
- The custom special has seen some additional
tuning and refinement, though the truncated riding season didn't
allow time to fully wring-out every last mph. Details will be
found in the gallery section. This season, we'll finish optimizing
- The shop bike has been repainted and we're now
working on development of the new front end, our next skunkworks
project. This will be the ultimate in CT70 front suspension and is
a "clean sheet of paper" design. The spacings will be revamped
for slightly extended wheelbase and allow fitment of a
wide wheel/tire combo on the front - with a 220mm,
twin-piston-caliper, disc brake and OEM hub/speedo drive. We
have made some minor, but important, mods to the bike. Since this
bike represents what we feel are OEM-type developments for the
everyday rider, you'll want to check the section as we detail the
rebuild over the coming months. The final result will be the
ultimate dual-purpose CT70.
- Many thanks to our loyal customers who have made
this our busiest season ever! We've been forced to slow the pace
of site updates, but the pace of new items and product development
has actually accelerated. There are lots of new & exciting
goodies in the pipeline and these will be rolled out as the 2006
season winds down. Time to think about getting a jump on the 2007
- New stainless hardware kits are now available,
including specialty types such as Allen and button Allen heads, to
- Newly added is our "skunkworks" program. These
are hardcore items for the serious rider, developed in-house. It's
a limited-scope project, intended to provide key items that will
extend the capabilities of the CT70, further raising the bar and
- Due to rising facility fees, wintertime paintwork
will be limited. If you want your bike refinished before the `07
season gets underway, now it the time to secure your slot. There
are very few remaining. (all other services are unaffected)
- The shop bike is undergoing its biggest
transformation since it was rescued a few years back. You don't
want to miss the details as we roll them out. The custom special
has received miles and tuning when we've been able to steal a
moment here & there. The conclusion of that project will be
posted in October.
- Our Honda Nice engine program is up-to-speed
& running...er...nicely! We can now supply used, fully rebuilt
and new engines, using all OEM parts at very reasonable prices.
For those who want the ultimate, be sure to check out the details
of TJR-tuned versions.
- This month's tech tip delves into our second
skunkworks project, sure to rescue some bikes that would otherwise
be consigned to the scrapheap.
- New bikes have been added to the galleries
section, too. New videos are in the works for October.
- This year's Copper Harbor, MI, ride has been
cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.^( We are, however,
looking to put together an end of the season ride around early
October in the Ann Arbor/West Oakland county area. If you have a
favorite place to ride, let us know. The weather usually fades
quickly by mid October, so act fast.
See you next month...
has sprung, the temperatures (for those of us in the northern
states) have finally warmed...busy season is upon us! New items
have arrived, however, it will be some time before the parts page
is updated to reflect these. Please inquire directly.
- We now
have, in stock, CT70 sprockets in hard-to-find sizes. Rear wheel
in 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33 teeth (28t available on special
order), countershaft in 15,16, 17 & 18 teeth, H.D. drive
chain, too. If you've gone to a large displacement engine, these
are the items that will make your gears useable again and allow
you to realize the full speed potential of your engine setup or
bias the bike for long-range cruising or climbing as you wish and
not have to replace these items every few hundred miles. These are
top-quality chains and hardened sprockets. Countershaft sprockets
are $9 (except 18t - $18), rear wheel sprockets are $24.95 and HD
gold chain is $38 (connecting links $3)
- Want a
stock appearing exhaust with a deep, throaty, sound and flow to
match? Try our "Stealth Exhaust" . These can be custom-tailored to
your application, including modification to fit your OEM Honda
heat shield (K0 or K1 type), with black heat shields, revised rear
hanger to your specs, and/or modified to fit the Honda Nice and
copy engines. Price is $199 for basic exhaust including chrome
heat shields, modded pipes are $229
month we begin tuning using a mobile exhaust gas analyzer (EGA),
no more guessing when it comes to carburetor jetting for a
specific engine setup. Initially, this will be used with Nice
engines and various big-displacement tunes.
- The best
tuned engines on the planet are, without doubt, the TJR-tuned Nice
tunes. These offer the biggest bang-for-the-buck going. A ~20hp
engine for under 4 grand is a lot of value, especially when that
engine offers OEM reliability, tons of useable power and
rip-your-arms-off torque. For the more budget-concious, we now
offer a 127cc kit for the Nice starting at $400.
- The Honda
Nice engine program is now in full swing. We can supply any part
in this engine. Used engines start at $800, completely rebuilt
(and we do mean completely) with new cylinder jug, piston rings,
clutch, oil pump, bearings & tranny, crankshaft
assembly, etc for approximately $1400. This is more than the
disposable PRC copy engines, but very cost-effective when you
consider that this price buys a functionally new engine with all
new, standard size OEM parts. You're getting a new engine with
used cases & electrics.Plus, you'll never be stuck with a
paperweight because of an unavailable $9 part. (You'll probably
never need parts anyway, these are the most durable engines
ever made for these bikes) New engines sold for $1900 and
were eagerly snapped-up by serious riders in the know. We can
supply new engines as well but the price may be somewhat higher as
the dollar continues to weaken against other currencies. Remember,
the stock lower end of these engines is used as-is for the
137-173cc tunes and has proven stone-reliable with no more than a
set of heavier clutch springs. No other setup, OEM or aftermarket
can reliably handle more than 124cc. With that kind of strength, a
stock engine will give thousands of miles and many years of
unstressed 60+mph performance with nothing more than regular oil
changes, filter cleanings and the occasional valve
- We've added a
dedicated blast station for aluminum parts, using special soft
blast media. Engine, carburetor and other aluminum parts can now
be cleaned with an efficiency not previously possible. Best of
all, since the media is softer than aluminum, there's no
possibility of damage from errant, leftover abrasive. Thanks to
this, we can now remove powdercoat from engine cases and do so
cost-effectively. This makes it possible to offer expanded
polishing services, particularly for engine parts such as cases
Summer passes by
faster than any other time of the year. If your plans include
projects for the pre 4th of July season,
- Last call
for those wanting to get a bike painted in time for summer. We are
now scheduling May's paint and engine work. The schedule has
remained very full, many thanks to our customers.^)
- We now
have more parts available than we will be able to list for quite
some time. Additional high-quality aftermarket shocks, oil
coolers, swingarms, oil catch tanks and many other items are
readily available, including KSR front forks all at very
stainless bolt kits are taking longer to finalize than expected,
due to variations between models. We will be listing a K0/K1 kit
soon, consisting of stainless hex cap (standard bolt heads,
similar to OE). Other custom fasteners can be ordered including,
Allen head, button Allen head, polished chrome acorn nuts and
polished hex cap stainless.
- Our Honda
Nice engine program is coming along, well...nicely. We have
complete backup replacement parts available and can even supply
rebuilt engines that are literally like new (nearly all new
rotating assembly, upper & lower end) for hundreds of dollars
less than these engines sold for new. We also supply tuning parts
such as bore-up kits and the fabulous 137, 142 & 158 kits from
TJR Tuningparts of Germany.
- Be sure
to visit the tech tip page. Nearly every CT70 rider will have to
deal with seat repair at some point. We show you the details of
getting it right the first time.
month's "moment of Zen" is a rare double feature shot three
seasons ago. Prior to the installation of the Honda Nice engine in
the red shop bike, we did some serious evaluation of our Zongshen
110 (Z108) including tests of acceleration & top speed,
shifting and running quality at different speeds and shooting some
video for later review. With close to 800 miles on this engine and
the carburetion and gearing worked out to perfection, it was an
ideal opportunity to to see what it could do. The Z108 is still
considered the best of the Chinese engines and is about the only
one that's been around long enough to have some speed gear and
repair parts available. Ours had the big valve head and a "fast
road" cam, so we were expecting 60mph+ on the 75-degree day during
which this video was shot. Frankly, we were a bit disappointed. A
week later, on an 85-degree day, we shot video of the same
bike with the same gearing and exhaust, but this time around with
our then-new Honda Nice motor with 93 miles under it's belt
and the carb jetted too rich to rev-out cleanly. The results:
56mph for the Z108, 63mph for the Nice and still climbing before
we had to shut down for traffic. What we hadn't realized at
the time was the fact that the bikes were run between
precisely the same start and end points. It was while reviewing
the videos months later, trying to edit them down for webhosting
that we noticed the Nice engine had covered the same exact
distance five seconds faster than the Zonger without being run
full-out, or being dialed-in. Unable to reduce the size of
the mpeg files to fit our available webspace, they languished
for almost three
For the Z108 top
speed run, the engine was run at wide open throttle for the entire
length of the impromptu "test track" and shifted as the power
levelled-off. The Nice, still being tight with so few miles on
it, an overly large main jet to prevent possible overheating
was actually run at part throttle through most of third gear; you
can hear this in the audio, along with the onset of high-speed
misfiring at the top of the rev range. Considering that the new
motor was nowhere near optimized in terms of carb jetting or
gearing and the way it was run, it didn't dawn upon us that we had
a pretty convincing "shootout" in the proverbial can. This section
of road is curvy and gently undulating, though in video it appears
to have quite a gradient. In case you're wondering why we've
chosen this particular location for speed runs, the answer is
threefold; we have found over the years that these bikes
tend to come within 2-3mph of their true flat-road top speed,
reaching terminal velocity about 700 feet into the uphill section.
The results here are remarkably consistent because the road is
well-shielded from the wind. There are no cross streets that would
allow other vehicles to suddenly pull out without warning. So
while it would appear that we hardly have what could be considered
"shootout" material, in point of fact it may be the most accurate
comparison of it's type. Everything is the same, right down
to the parts on the bike, including the exhaust system! How often
Now, with the bandwidth issues finally resolved, we bring
you a rare head-to-head comparison of two very different engines.
Be aware that these are large mpeg files and take a while to
download. We may leave these in place for longer than normal
if demand warrants it.
- Coming next
month: We begin a "stealth" conversion of a customer's
CT70HK0 to Nice power. Plus a new tech article and more new items
to build one your way. See you then.
- The schedule is
nearly full. We can still accomodate smaller projects. However,
engine builds cannot be accepted until April 1st and the
painting schedule is completely filled until mid-April. If you're
planning on getting that new bike on the road this spring, don't
- New parts are
on the way, too many to add to the list in time for this month's
main update. Be sure to check back often and feel free to inquire
about any specific items you may want but don't see
hardware kits will be available in about 10 days. We will offer
flat Allen head oil filter and stator screws. We will also have
Allen head case screws, as a kit. If you've ever struggled with
the OEM philips heads, then you'll really appreciate these; say
goodbye to the impact driver & drill. Wheel fastener
kits and body fastener kits will be available as well. These will
be added to the parts page as soon as we have the pricing. Feel
free to inquire.
- Check out this
month's "moment of Zen" mpeg link on the home page...it'll
help take the chill out of the air.
you're planning a new bike for this year, now's the time to start
putting those plans into action. It always seems to take
longer than anticipated getting a bike project finished & on
the road. Our February painting schedule is nearly full, so
contact us soon if you'd like to have your bike refinished &
back in your hands before spring.
- Parts will be
added to the parts section on an ongoing basis. Many details
have now been worked out, unfortunately, this has taken more time
than anticipated. Check back frequently as many items, restoration
parts especially, will have limited availability. If there are any
items you'd like to see us carry, please let us know. Genuine
Honda engines from 100cc up to 160cc are now available. We also
import TJR parts for the 137 & larger tunes...an MCM
exclusive. These are the Rolls Royce of small bike engines.
The base 110, properly setup, is good for mid 60-mph top
speeds. Properly maintained, these are 30,000 mile engines. The
clutch, gearbox, overall smoothness and durability are
absolutely unmatched by any Chinese "clone" engine. The larger
displacement tuned engines typically require 60-day lead
time. All have excellent parts support. The Tiger 120 is also
available, with a 158 version soon to be released and 196
race version in development. Initial reports indicate that the 120
is nearly up to Honda standard and these are the only other
big-displacement, non-Chinese engines, on the market. Full
parts backup is readily available. Please inquire for
- We are
adding more information to the site. There will be more
detail shots and explanations permanently added to the restoration
section. We've added a tech tip section. These will be featured on
a rotating basis.
- More customer
have been added to the galleries. It's always intersting to see
what new, individual, ideas other's have when it comes to building
their ultimate bike.
- Check out this
month's "moment of Zen" video featuring Godfried's tuned Dax. Now
this is what we call a runner!
As Always, thanks for stopping by. This is where the ride
starts getting interesting...
Be sure to check
out our winter storage guide located in the tuning tips section.
It's a quick read and can help insure that your bike fires-up,
ready-to-ride, next spring.
There's a new
addition to the customer bike section in our photo galleries. This
is one amazing machine!
The custom bike is
now running. Follow the last major installment of the project, until
spring when the bike is completely broken-in and fully tuned.
"moment of Zen" is a restrained run-up to 65mph with the new bike. A
full-on banzai blast will be shot early in the 2006 season. For now,
we felt that a small taste of things to come was better than nothing
at all. Plus, you'll see how effortlessy this machine pulls itself
along at freeway speed.
That's all for
this month, thanks for checking back;^)
Follow along as
the details and individual pieces come together and the bike starts
taking shape in the next installment of the custom build series.
We now accept
paypal and are considering replacing that service with direct credit
card processing in the near future.
behind the scenes to bring you new items and begin filling the parts
for sale section. As always, parts requests/special orders are
We will be adding
wiring diagrams and carb tuning details next month.
Your bike photos
are welcome for feature in our customer's gallery. We will be
selecting some of the best for future front pages .
Welcome to the
all-new ct70Honda.com website. In light of the fact that this
has been our busiest year yet, we have decided to launch our new
site ahead of it's full completion. As a result:
- The photo
galleries have many new additions pending.
- The parts
section has nothing listed as yet. This will change in the near
future. We can import just about any aftermarket parts available
as special orders.
restoration and custom services are available.
ordering system will remain primitive for a while. Plans are
already underway to allow direct credit card payments thereby
saving you, our customer, the excess fees charged by
- For now,
orders must be initiated through e-mail. Postal money orders
are preferred. We do ship internationally.
will be added on a rotating basis and we will be adding to the
existing galleries on a continuing basis, as well as fleshing-out
the parts section in a unique way.
We will be
featuring an assortment of high-res photos and short videos over the
coming months. Video files are, relatively speaking, huge and may
take considerable time to download. You will need to be
patient, especially if you have a slow connection as these files may
be as large as 25mb and can take several minutes to load. The photo
to the right of the Dax ad is the link. The initial installment is a
50mph cruise along the west coast of Michigan's Keewenaw
peninsula...one of the top five scenic drives in the lower 48
states. For those of you who have never experienced a Honda mini
with 65mph capability this should be a bit of a revelation; for
everyone else, it's a couple minutes worth of nice
scenery...a moment of Zen and the art of mini
lots more in the works, so please check back often.