This 1970 Trail has been through a full engine rebuild and “preservation” all performed by our local Honda expert Andy Smith. Andy calls this type of build a “preservation” rather than restoration because he saves the original Honda paint in the process. A time intensive wet sand and buff brings incredible shine out of the CT70’s original gold color, and real patina adds true character. Like Andy says, “your paint is only original once.”
Fenders, handlebars, wheels and everything in between gets the same treatment to look as fresh as 52 year old OEM parts get. The bike is constructed with original Honda equipment even down to the period correct, grade 8 bolts and Honda cable ties. The seat is one of the only aftermarket components. Manufactured by CHP, the bike’s seat is designed with amazing attention to detail. Stitching patterns and buttons perfectly match the original, and Andy has tested their durability over 26,000 miles on his own CT70. Under the seat comes a Honda tool kit as well.
Beauty isn’t limited to the outside either. The full engine rebuild covers the top end, bottom end and transmission. The odometer is correct to the frame and engine, reading just over 6,000 miles. With proper maintenance, the rebuild can last well over 20,000 miles of hard riding as proven by Andy’s blue CT70. You won’t find a happier sounding engine in any other motorcycle, new or old. Every other consumable part from seals to tires and the chain have all been replaced to keep this Trail 70 running for decades to come. Andy even threw in an original Honda owners manual!
The CT70 also has a new 6 volt battery which powers the functional headlight, tail light, brake light and horn. However, this bike runs even without power from the battery thanks to its magneto electrical system. You won’t be left stranded by the durable CT70 on any trail adventures.
While it is possible to street legalize a CT70, these bikes are much better on a Trail, hence the name. The bike will be sold with a bill of sale, but these old timers didn’t come with titles back in the day. Shipping of the motorcycle is up to the buyer.
All proceeds from this bike’s sale will go to benefit Biker Down. Our friends at Biker Down help out riders and their families after an incident to get them back on the road again. They do so much for the riding community, the least we can do is help raise money to support their work. This series and the bike itself couldn’t have happened without our friends at Rider Justice, and the man himself, Andy Smith, who approached us about building a bike to auction for a charity. Of course, he is also the man who made it a reality.
To see the bike build in detail, check out our video series on TFLbike. There you can catch every part of the journey from a pile of unrestored parts, to the running and riding beauty you see now.