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jeffs22outrage posted 11-18-2008 08:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for jeffs22outrage   Send Email to jeffs22outrage  
While this may be a long shot I thought I would throw it out there. I have a nice condition 1965 Honda CT200 Trail 90 motorcycle I am willing to put out there for a trade on a whaler project hull. The bike is a 90cc motorcycle and truly must be licensed to be ridden on public roads here in Michigan legally. Every state is different though. The bike is a time machine from 1960's and still has all of the original items and 3550 miles on it. This means there are some patches on the seat cover, cracks in the side walls of the tires, and the exhaust is rusted at the back however it is better condition than most. Also, the battery box is rusted from a battery boil over as well as there are the usual dents here and there. All of the more rare plastic parts are there and in good condition. The brake lights work as well and the headlight has a intermittent short in it. All of these OEM parts can still be bought from online sources if someone wanted to do a complete restoration and these restored bikes bring good money. The CT200 differs from the later CT90 as it has the old school and time trusted 4 stroke 90cc push rod motor instead of the overhead cam one which provides a great sound. I put about $350 into the bike this summer to get the carbs rebuilt, had the valves adjusted, new plug wire and plug, as well as other general mantaince. I also had the old OEM rectifier replaced with another OEM unit and not a homemade unit. In it's condition as is the bike is worth around $750 - $1000.

A 13 or 15 hull would be about what I would expect others being willing to trade however, a 16 or 17 would be ok as well. I while I do not expect a whole lot from a project boat I would at least expect it to be in ok shape and not waterlogged and without large holes nor areas of exposed foam. I would not expect an interior however if there is one and it could be used for templates that would be great. I am looking for this project for myself but, in the end I want it to give to my son down the road for him to learn seamanship skills on.

I am in the Detroit area and would be willing to met or drive to a place with a couple hours of Detroit or Grand Haven (West side of Michigan) area to met or pick up a hull and deliver the bike. I am looking for a straight trade without having to barter plus cash. If you are interested please contact me through my email in my profile.

Here is a link to the images.

jeffs22outrage posted 11-18-2008 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Sorry other misc details:

Transmission is a clutchless 4 speed (4 down - 4 up) with a high and low gear chain ring on the rear sprocket. The bike will haul my 240+ lbs frame around at speeds up to 42mph.

dscew posted 11-18-2008 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
I wish I had a hull to trade for that thing, what a great little bike. I had one (sold it a few years ago for $1,100). I'm told Honda still makes and sells these for the Australian Post Office. I'm not sure of this is true, but I wouldn't be surprised, they're really rugged little scooters.
jeffs22outrage posted 11-18-2008 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     

Yes Honda still makes the CT110 "POSTIE" for the Australian post office.

They also still sell the Super Cub 90 around the Asia Pacific which uses the same push rod 90cc motor and the same chassis only with a full fairing.

maverick posted 11-18-2008 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Try this one:
dscew posted 11-18-2008 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
I still have a little '77 Honda Express in my shed waiting for the day I can restore it, 2 stroke motor, 2 speed clutchless trans, a very simple machine. Came with my house 20 years ago. Someday...
jeffs22outrage posted 11-22-2008 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Thanks to those that have emailed...I have a deal pending and I should be picking up the project this coming week.
RLwhaler posted 11-22-2008 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for RLwhaler  Send Email to RLwhaler     
What a nice bike Jeff.My hats off to ya for puting something together for your little one.


jeffs22outrage posted 11-23-2008 03:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     

Thanks. I means a lot to me to have whaler I can restore for him and to let him use once older. I looked at the boat yesterday and while not perfect, it was more than I expected. It will make a great project.

JDJET posted 11-23-2008 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for JDJET  Send Email to JDJET     
Hi Jeff,

With no bottom paint and a classic Mercury on the transom, I would say you are ahead of the game already!

Let me know how it is coming along. Jim

superdave_gv posted 11-23-2008 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for superdave_gv  Send Email to superdave_gv     

Jeff, looks like you did real well. That will be a breeze for you to restore and even do a little customization. My first Whaler was a 1974 13'. I am sure you will do more, but once you re-do the wood and give the hull a bath it will look great. Those 13s are so close to the water they're a real blast to run. And they're real easy to anchor, jump out for a swim and get back in without a ladder.
sraab928 posted 11-24-2008 07:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for sraab928  Send Email to sraab928     
Congrats Jeff! Looks like a great new project! I know when you are done with it its going to be a masterpiece.
jamesmylesmcp posted 11-24-2008 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
Boy what a lucky kid you have there ! That 13' will be alot of fun for you as he undertakes seamanship lessons. Last fall I got an 11'inflatable Whaler for my crew fitted with a 9.9 Mercury,they'll solo in it this spring.

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