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Ellaspede’s Honda CT 110 – “Postie”


Posted on September 14th, by Andrew in Moped. 27 comments

Christmas, 1982. Piallaway Road, Currabubula, North Eastern New South Wales. It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and I’ve decided in all my 11 year-old wisdom that I’m going to ride a motorbike as fast as it will go on a deserted public road with a complete lack of skills, safety gear, licence or fear of death. As the bike tears through the summer air I soon realise that the wind blast means that I can’t keep my eyes open, but the speed I’m travelling at means I can’t shut them either. I settle on a eyes-wide-shut squint. They begin to water profusely, which not only decreases my already limited vision to something now resembling being underwater, but has the added effect of creating copious amounts of tears which are almost instantly blown back into the hair above my ears. Still I fight on until I realise that the bike has no more left to give. The roar of wind in my ears is deafening, but within seconds it dies away as I back off and roll to a stop in the middle of nowhere, grinning like an idiot in almost complete silence. Well, technically speaking I probably WAS an idiot – a phrase which would be repeated many times over the next hour by my angry parents. Thinking back, that was the exact point I fell in love with motorbikes. The bike I was on? The Honda CT 110 “Postie”.

Here’s Leo from long-time Pipeburn stalwarts, Ellaspede Customs in Brisbane. “For those of you who don’t know the Honda CT110 began production in 1980 and was designed to replace the CT90. It boasts a 105cc 4-stroke air cooled single cylinder engine with a four speed transmission and an automatic clutch.

Honda in conjunction with Australia and New Zealand Post adopted the motorcycle and models sold to those countries feature a centrifugal clutch. This was done to free up the left hand from clutch levering and therefore deliver mail more effectively. In both countries the bikes are affectionately known as ‘Posties.’”

“Like many Posties, ours was gathering dust in a shed having served (after its Australia Post stint) as a farm bike/kids bike and had plenty of mud to prove it. Whilst a few things were broken and missing it was basically all there. After exploring a few aesthetic possibilities the bike was stripped, cleaned and sanded down. The great thing about the CT is their simplicity so any work done is an easier exercise than on most bikes.”

“The rear guard (which is an extension of the pressed frame) was cut shorter. A new tank / seat mount was fabricated and bolted into the “V” formed by the frame neck and rear section. This also adds strength to what is their weakest point. (Having said that they are near on indestructible and very reliable). This new mount also houses the repositioned key.

A standard Postie has an under-seat mounted fuel tank. Along with the original lounge chair tractor seat, this was removed and a unit from a CT125 Ag bike was used after some dent fixing and lining. The tank position was moved to a more traditional neck mount. The new seat was made and upholstered in vinyl with red piping as a reference back to its Aust Post heritage (They are all painted red). The small extension seat allows grown adults to ride it… they’re small bikes! The handle bars are from a girls town bicycle.

The original switch blocks were polished to match. Grips are Posh items. A bottom mount bates style headlight was mounted to the lower tree and the original speedo was cleaned and mounted lower. Posh tail light and (unknown) indicators are used. A toolbox from a CB350 fills the space where the original airbox use to be. Rims are aluminium 18 x 1.6” F and 17 x 2.15” R relaced onto the original drum braked hubs. (The originals are 17 x 1.4 Steel F and R) Sourcing tyres proved quite difficult for the rear as there is limited space under the guard but we wanted a beefier look than the skinny 2.75” original application.

That rear guard was stretched to allow the 3.25” tyre to fit. A 3.00” one adorns the front rim. The colour is undercoat grey and medium grey with a clear overcoat. Some red hints match the seat piping. The motor had a basic rebuild and was painted / polished. The carb is now fed by a uni-filter and has been re-jetted. The exhaust is custom from an XR600 header pipe and a semi-baffled muffler expels the gas. It’s loud, way too loud to be coming from a small bike like.”

“I love our Postie. it’s great for getting around town as it keeps up with traffic and gets about 600 miles per gallon… I’m kidding, but it ain’t bad. They have such a cult following; many are modified, raced and / or abused. Ours always attracts comments and attention. “What is it? I can see the Honda motor but what have you put it in?”

The little Postie will never break any land speed records but she’s the sort of bike you can really love.”





  • Born King Kong

    Beautiful bike.

  • http://ridedualsport.com/ Manxman

    I love little bikes and mopeds for city riding and this one is very cool. The understated color scheme looks classy imho. Nice detail work as well.

  • itsmefool

    Love, love, love this thing! Noob question: is that a stamped steel swing arm?

    • brad

      yep, when you do big enough jumps you can even break them too!

      • itsmefool

        Yep, I bet!

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      It’s a swing arm that’s formed from pieces of stamped steel which are then welded together to form a solid shape – as opposed to a bent steel tube swing arm or a cast swing arm.

      If im not mistaken, the bike’s whoel frame is a stamped steel construction.

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      Bike’s whole frame was made from stamped steel, from recollection.

      Anyone?

      • davmo

        There is a tubular backbone going from the front fork to just above the engine, but the whole tail section including the swingarm is stamped metal.

  • http://garageprojectmotorcycles.tumblr.com/ Rex Havoc

    Great looking bike. These guys are doing some good work.

  • James

    This would have to be one of the nicest CTs I’ve seen. I have found memories of riding my dads Honda ST90 nearly 30 years ago. Well I say found but at the time I was pretty much embarrassed to be seen on it. I remember once I went over a bump, came off the seat and was dragged behind it at full throttle. I didn’t fancy letting go and there was no clutch to pull in. It ended with us going flying over a bank and landing in a crumpled heap. Fortunately I was wearing full faced helmet more to hide my shame than protect my head.

  • Blakes7

    I..wow…stunning.

  • motog

    Considering that it originally looked like this:

    That’s a nice piece of work

  • Ugh

    I own a postie (because they’re wicked cool) and this is cute, but can you actually ride a bike with bars that insanely low?

    • Ugh

      In fact, given the knees-up riding position of the CT, can you even turn those bars to full lock?

  • arnold

    Looks like a pretty place to grow up. ‘Posties’ as such are unknown in the states. We had mini right hand drive jeep type vehicles for many years on the rural routes, and mail box clusters at the end of the road, usually miles away from the house. I salute your mail service for riding those bombers and this massaged example is just gorgeous.

    • http://www.pipeburn.com Andrew@Pipeburn

      Just north of that road was a beautiful little river where we used to catch yabbies which we’d then cook and eat with fresh bread and butter…

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_yabby

  • revdub

    Every single detail well thought through. That’s how I’d describe Ellaspede’s bikes, this one included. Just look at the red piping around the seat and then the red paint accenting the axle bolts (and maybe the rim of the muffler baffle too?). Little details that add to the overall beauty of the design. Very cool little bike.

  • indra nil

    It seems nowadays all the pretty builds are being based on small motor-cycles and mopeds. wonder what is that about, do the builders get too conscious of their image when the engine is large or is it something else? This one is way too nice to look at, the color combination is like a graphic designer’s dream, that toolbox and exhaust is plain wicked. loved it to bits!

  • http://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/ Return of the Cafe Racers

    That is indeed a sweet looking Postie.

    In Melbourne Postmodern Motorcycles do some amazing little CT10 customs. They seem to have gone a bit quiet of late though. Check em out here: http://pmmc.com.au/

  • Oldnbroken

    Bloody brilliant. I reckon even the dogs would sit in silent admiration as that one passes them.

    Jim

  • PGearbox

    Went to see Nitro circus recently, and the wildest the crowd got, was when they back flipped the postie complete with mail bags. Lots of fun. Great variation on an iconic little bike.

  • josh

    Too weird. I was at a Farm just off the breeze-Piallaway road on the 14th! 10ks north east of the marker on google maps. No posties there though, just an R80gs, my dream bike, but no offer would make him part with it…. I shot the bike i was on in one of the old blacksmith sheds, too cool out there.

    • Josh

      It was actually Round Hill, Breeza. Hopefully the photo uploads this time….

  • KenF

    Great looking bike! I’d like to see some photos of the other side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohammed.mohsin.925 Mohammed Mohsin

    very very cerative just exelent

  • T.ASHOK

    GOOD AFTERNOON SIR I LIKED THE CUSTOMIZATION OF THE VERY OLD AGED CLUSMY LOOKING HONDA CT 110 BUT YOU PEOPLE HAVE TURNED THE BIKE INTO A MARVELOUS MOTOR BIKE EVEN THEORIGNAL COMPANY WILL COPTY THIS VERY MODEL I FEEL I LIKED IT A LOT IT IS A VERY SUPER THINKING & SUPER CUSTOMIZATION