“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
My faithful steed, the red right hand, a poor man’s adventure bike, the ultimate dual sport and an excommunicated servant of the Australian postal service. Choosing to undertake my adventure on this fun sized motorcycle started as half humor and half practicality. Of course, many critics who seem to be self-proclaimed experts on adventure motorcycling will say that the bike is too small, too slow and too basic. However, they don’t seem to account for the fact that the bikes are almost as indestructible Nokia 3310. They also seem to disregard that it’s easier to see the world when it isn’t whizzin’ past you. That is probably why it makes these small beasts such an attractive option.
The bike itself is an ex-Australia Post 2008 Honda CT110 who was retired from the postal service at 33000 kilometers. The previous owner acquired it to undertake the infamous Gibb River Postie run where it was put to the test and proved its metal. After acquiring the bike I decided to name it Atalanta (Atty for short) the Greek Goddess of adventure and foot races.
Being the rugged black sheep of Honda’s Cub family the CT110 (Cub Trail) was once sold internationally holding a significant market in the United States as farm bikes and in Asia as a commuter. It finally found it’s true place in New Zealand and Australia being used by the postal service as mail delivery vehicles (If you live outside of the country, yes the postal service here are a bunch of hoons). Just as iconic to Australia as Hugh Jackman standing in line at a Bunning’s sausage sizzle, these bikes have carved out a cult following and are either loved or hated (mostly loved) by Australian motorcycle enthusiasts.
The Hardware? The bike comes equipped with a single piston 105cc engine with a total output of a face melting 7.6 hp, 4-speed transmission with a centrifugal clutch. The small engine can only carry the bike to a top speed of 85km/h (this may be achieved by going down a steep hill, strong tail wind and a blood sacrifice to the motorcycle gods.) But has as realistic cruising speed of 60km/h. Sure it’s not Mach 1 but it’s steady enough to get you places without missing anything along the way, likewise, the undeniable simplicity means there is an ease of repair if things do go wrong.