The CT90 has a simple wiring harness and making a replacement is pretty straightforward. Much of the wring on my 1969 K1 had been damaged, cut or patched so I decided to do a major overhaul, including making a brand new harness. Here are the before and after picture of the various repairs:

making a template

The easiest way to make a harness is to copy an existing one:

but in case you are starting from scratch, you can refer to the layout diagram that I created:

You can see the corresponding colourised wiring diagram here.

Note that if you have a later model, although the layout of the components is essentially the same, there are some important differences including the introduction of a kill switch in the early 70s which necessitated a couple of extra wires to the headlight bucket.

materials and tools

I used 1mm thinwall automotive cable - it is readily available in many colours and is close to the size that was fitted originally (approx 17 AWG).

If you are in the UK you can get much of what you need from Vehicle Wiring Products and Auto Sparks, although I had to shop around for some of the wires with tracer colours and I could not find light blue cables anywhere.

As far as I can tell by comparing a loom from 1969 with one from 1978, Honda used 3.5mm bullet connectors on the early 6v bikes and then switched to 3.9mm

Koyacat Automotive and Marine Cables (UK)  do all the bullet connectors you need, including the 3 and 4 way connectors needed at the headlight end.

The harness is covered with grey PVC sheathing in a couple of places and the remainder is wrapped in non-adhesive grey PVC harness tape

You will need a decent set of ratchet crimpers (I have a BGS 1419), and a good wire stripper is very helpful.

C.K automatic wire stripper and BGS crimping tool

Finally some coloured shrink wrap tubing comes in handy and you will need a soldering iron.


There are several parts on the harness where short extension wires are spliced on to longer wires (these are marked by the white circles in the diagram above), so the first job after cutting the wires to length is to make these joints. Here is an example of Honda's (or rather Sumitomo - who made the harnesses for Honda back in the 60s) efforts:


On closer examination, the splices were created by cutting out a section of insulation on the longer wire and wrapping the spliced wire end around it prior to soldering:

spliced wire wrapped in place prior to soldering

... there is no magic to soldering the wires, just use the soldering iron to heat up the wires from underneath and then melt the solder into the joint where it is drawn through the wire creating a solid bond. I used lead solder with flux core as I find it easier to use than the non-poisonous stuff.

The original spliced joints were wrapped in clear tape, but I used a decent quality shrink wrap instead. The resulting joints are good and strong.

Once all the wires are prepared you can fix on the bullet connectors. Note that there are special multi way connectors used at the headlight end of the harness:

Two socket connectors are used in a couple of places but these are easier to find.

The crimping tool takes a bit of getting used to: look closely at the jaws that accept the connectors and you will see that the slots are narrower towards one end. The narrower end for the "wings" on the connector that grip the bare wire and the fatter end grips the insulation.

To crimp the bullet connector place the bullet connector in the jaw and squeeze gently to hold it in place before finally inserting the wire and crimping.

give the new connector a firm tug to make sure it is on securely and don't forget to put the plastic cover on the wire before attaching the connectors.

Here are the component wires ready for wrapping:



I found it easiest to layout the wires in small groups and then to tape up each of the t-shape extensions that come of the main loom

once you have done this you can fit the lengths of pvc tubing and cover the rest of wiring with the grey pvc wrap

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the grey pvc wrap is non-adhesive and easy to use (you can just tie of the ends to stop it unravelling)

That's it! A very satisfying job.