Discussion in 'The Pub' started by 70 Mach 1, Jun 19, 2019.
We used to laugh at them cuz we had 'real' bikes like Honda 90 Scramblers. We were the dumbz.
Now I think those bikes are really cool.
I remember well the Honda 50s, Vespas and other small displacement bikes and scooters. I had a Cushman motor scooter that My Dad got for me in the early 60s. I was too young to have a license, but nobody cared much about that in Arkansas at that time. The thing had big engine for a scooter, but it had a governor that limited it to 5 horsepower if I am remembering correctly. I used it for my paper route. It looked pretty much like this:
More commonly seen at around that time were the import scooters and small engine motorbikes - like this one, a Honda 50:
and not so much in my part of the world, but these Italian small displacement bikes and scooters were arriving in the U.S. and were in general more sophisticated than my Cushman. My friends and I drooled over the small engine racers we saw in magazines.
I recall a girlfriend's moped in the late '70s that required pedaling to assist the engine rather than the other way around. My thighs hurt just thinking about it.
I'll take the Benelli.
True, they are cool now.
The punchline to the joke I remember was "they are fun to ride until your friends find out."
Dad bought an almost new Honda Trail 90 step thru back in the 70's pretty much brand new for $250. I loved riding on that thing back in the woods. Can't believe what they are selling for now!
My family had one of these (Honda 55) through the 60s and 70s. Kinda funny, but I wish I still had it.
As a kid, I thought that Honda 50s and Vespas were the coolest things in the world. Once I got old enough to actually drive on the street, I thought they were way too lame, so I always had bigger bikes. I was right the first time...
Back in 1968 I thought my big sister's boyfriend's Honda 305 Dream was a BIG motorcycle.
I had a ‘77 Honda Express
Thing I never got were the pedals on mopeds - what purpose did they serve?
I used to have a Vespa, they are great fun to ride.
We had a tricked out black & gold Puch in the late 70s. I rode that thing all around the alleys and side roads when I was a pre-teen. A few trips thru the Wendy's Drive-Thru may have happened too. LOL
I had a CT90 as a teen in the 80s. It was a hand me down from my dad's best friend. I'd love to have one again but yeah, they are priced as collector's items now.
I had a Puch moped back in the late 70’s. You needed to add oil to the fuel. This was before the days of licenses or mandatory helmets. It’s a miracle I’m still alive
Dodging license and registration requirements.
When I was in the 8th grade, a friend noticed that because I lived outside of the bus route, I had to walk over 5 miles a day to get to school. The friend was a good guy and convinced his dad to buy him a new Honda 50. He knew that I played guitar, so he asked me to show him the basics in trade for a ride home from school. I said, "Great," and his parents were cool about it. Soon, I worked harder to learn new songs, and, when available, he would loan me the bike in exchange. I was 13 and new little about bikes, but that Honda was dependable, all-weather and easy to ride. Girls liked riding on the back, too. After the school year, his family got transferred to another city. But, even now, I can remember how that little Honda helped me survive junior high. Great bike!!
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I had one of these in the late 70s. Drove it everywhere. It's how I got around before I got my driver's license.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 1985 I took it with me and drove it around a few years and ended up selling it.