Honda CT110

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Honda CT110
Postie1.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Also called 'Postie bike' in Australia and New Zealand
Engine 105 cc air-cooled single-cylinder
Power 5kW (7.6 hp) @ 7,500 rpm
Torque 0.85 kg-m @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission auto-clutch four-speed, with or without a dual range subtransmission
Wheelbase 1.220 m
Dimensions L: 1.905 m
W: 0.755 m
H: 1.060 m
Seat height .770 m
Weight 87 kg (192 lb) (dry)
92 kg (203 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity 5.5 l (1.452 g)
Fuel consumption 60 km/l (1.6 litres per 100 km) @ 50 km/h (140 mpg @ 31.1 mph)
Turning radius 1.8
Related Honda CT90

The Honda CT110 is a small motorcycle manufactured by Honda from 1980 to the present day and sold in various parts of the world. This bike has sold well worldwide[1] and has a faithful following to this day.[2] The CT110 replaced the CT90, which was essentially the same machine.

The CT110 in its classic form is a 105cc 4-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine with a four-speed transmission and an automatic clutch. That coupled with a roughly 2:1 ratio gear reduction box known as the dual range subtransmission which switched into operation using a small lever under the transmission case and allowed the CT to climb steep slopes with no difficulty. The cylinder was nearly horizontal in the step-through tube/stamping frame.

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A Melbourne postman riding a CT110
An example of a racing CT110

CT110s are well regarded for their extreme reliability, economy and ease of operation. The clutchless four speed transmission (centrifugal clutch) does not require a clutch lever. In Australia and New Zealand the freeing of the left hand of the rider makes mail delivery easier for "posties"

International use[edit]

In the United States the 1980 model of CT110 lacked the dual range sub-transmission, but that feature returned in following years; the motorcycle was imported from 1980 to 1986. It is still in production and sold in other countries around the world, most notably Australia and New Zealand, where it is known as a "Postie Bike" in due to its use by Australia Post and New Zealand Post as a delivery bike, without the dual range subtransmission. In Australia this also makes them the highest selling motorcycle in the country. A slightly modified version, the CT110 AG, is sold for agricultural use. The CT110AG has recently become road-registerable in Australia (2009), and has been road registerable in New Zealand for some time.

After almost 30 years of only being available via second-hand sale from Australia Post in bulk lots, Honda began selling the road-registerable model to the domestic market in July 2009.[3]

Apart from the Australian market, large numbers of CT110 and CT90 models were also brought to Tanzania in east Africa, where many are still in use today. Among the original users was Danish aid organisation Danida. During the late 1970s and 1980s they were the standard issue motorcycle for volunteers.

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