1965 Honda S90 Brings Back Fond Memories

There were minibikes and Honda step-through, automatic-clutch Passports that came before, but I remember the Honda S90 as the first real motorcycle I ever rode. By “real” I mean it had a gas tank between the knees and a real clutch that required the operator to possess the skill and coordination to twist a throttle and ease out the clutch lever. I accomplished this without stalling the engine or sending the front wheel skyward and friends, a lifelong love of motorcycles followed.

So I’m looking at this S90 with a lot of emotion. Is it worth $1800? The saddle has been reupholstered, the front fender looks off and the hardware appears to need more than a WD-40 treatment. The $1800 asking price is high even with the heartstrings tugging. If the seller can get it, more power to them. If it was priced closer to $1000, I’d be tempted.

The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner of the garage or tool shed for far too long. Lacking the energy, time or resources to bring the little beauty back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs in.

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