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User-Friendly Pit Bike: 1991 Honda Cub EZ90

Small motorcycles are often referred to as scooters whether they’re scooters or or not. Or, mini-bikes, which typically have pull-start engines, basic, exposed frames, and aren’t as refined as motorcycles from major manufacturers. This 1991 Honda Cub EZ90 is listed here on Facebook Marketplace in Colts Neck, New Jersey and the seller is asking $4,000, cash only. Here is the original listing, and thanks to Tony P. for sending in this tip!

Worse than calling this EZ90 a scooter would be referring it to as a moped, which I’ve heard more times than I can count while referring to small motorcycles. There are no pedals on this Honda, but there does appear to be a kick starter poking out of the left side of the engine in the photo above. The big idea behind Honda’s Cub EZ90 is that it was made for beginning riders and those who may not want to deal with such things as kick-starting a motorcycle engine.

Or, shifting. The Honda Cub EZ90 has an automatic transmission so there’s no clutch handle and no shifter to stomp on. The kick-starter is, I’m assuming, a backup system for starting, as these bikes came with pushbutton electric start – that yellow button on the right side of the handlebars. The photos are incredibly small and there are no detailed photos showing the grips, unfortunately. It’s not perfect, there are a few things to tidy up if the next owner wanted to make it a little jewel box, or just ride it as is.

The Cub EZ90 was made from 1990 for the 1991 model year until 1996 and they’re really unique as you can see. They gave parents of young children a feeling of their precious kids being at least a little safer on them than on regular kick-start, manual-shifted, exposed-chain, exposed-engine bikes. This one is basically an airbag on two wheels. They’re great little pit bikes, which is what the seller used this one for until they got a new one, so that’s reportedly why it’s for sale. Honda even offered a winter version, the EZ Snow, now that would draw a crowd!

You mostly would only be hurt falling off of this one or hitting something, you probably won’t get your pants caught in the chain because it’s enclosed. Where’s that hot exhaust? It’s hidden. The engine is Honda’s 90-cc two-stroke single and the seller says that it starts and runs great. I naturally wonder if there’s something wrong with the electric starter since the emergency kick-starter is shown in place. Maybe not, maybe they just like to kick-start a bike, as a lot of us do. Have any of you seen one of these? Extra points for having ridden or owned one.


  1. Howard A Member

    While I sure could use some extra points( cash value 1/1000 of a cent), but I can’t claim any here. For someone who lives, breathes, and um, I forget the last one, motorcycles, you’d think I’ve seen every 2 wheeler that came down the pike. Apparently, not so. We, as adults probably don’t have much interest, but think of the lucky(?) kid that got one of these. I can’t seem to find an original cost new, from the early 90’s, most “toys” were under a grand. I’m sure the battery is fried, they have a productive life of 22 minutes, it’s vibration that kills them, and I bet most kids yanked the covers off( or they broke off). It’s a neat bike, and plenty of riders visited the ER, but valuable lessons learned, or should have. Naturally, a bit optimistic, while doing my own research, there’s a brand new one in Beloit, Wis. ( the sound a turd makes when it hits the water,,BELOIT) for $1495, so there you go. Neat find.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Nice work Howard on the Beloit term! Growing up next door in Janesville we used that term a lot. Stay cool Buddy, it was 99 here yesterday.

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      • Howard A Member

        Hey Mike, been a while. Just got back from a trip to the UP, der hey, and I’m coming back!!! Had enough of Colorado, so we may meet up someday after all.

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      • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

        Best of luck with the possible move, Howard! For the record, every time I head to or through Chicago (several times a year) and see the Beloit signs, I say out loud, “Ba-loit” in my best Chicago accent.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Sounds good! Best of luck on the move.

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  2. TomP

    “Pit bike” = hillbilly gas station grocery getter.

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  3. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    I’ve got a line on a red and white one in much nicer condition for $3,000. Thoughts?

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