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One Year Only – 1990 Honda NS50F

In Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Just for 1990, America got a taste of Honda’s NSF50F two stroke “sport” bike. Despite the diminutive size, it’s a street legal bike with a claimed top speed of 55 miles per hour. It makes me think of a MB5 that got updated with liquid cooling and then painted by a Miami coke dealer. I want one.

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1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger

In Japan, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Suzuki T series bikes were all two stroke parallel twins that had some serious impact on the way Americans looked at motorcycles. Two stroke twins were not unknown in the motorcycle universe in the late ‘60s, but Suzuki brought power, speed and flair to the market with their Ts. Most famous is probably the T20 (known in America as …

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1980 Italjet Pack 2

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

In the 60s, Italjet produced a folding scooter called the Kit Kat. It was designed for pilots and sailors who found themselves at a destination without wheels. A couple of decades later, the Italian company modernized the idea with a scooter they called the Pack 2. It’s not what I would call the prettiest scooter ever made, but the clever …

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Building the Gromster

In Guest Writers, Japan, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

Editor’s Note: About a year ago, David N (you’ll remember him from experiences like going to a Mecum auction or his recent visit to the AMCA Sunshine Chapter National Meet) told me that he was looking for a Grom to customize. When he explained what his plan was, I asked if he’d be willing to share the bike and his …

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Ending Soon – 197x Chaparral T95

In America, Less than 5k, Off-Road, Small Displacement by Abhi0 Comments

In the 70s, snowmobile manufacturer Chaparral saw how popular dirt bikes were becoming, and wanted to get in on the craze. Among other models, they made a pull-start mini called the T95. The 96cc 2-stroke Fuji motor was good for 6 horsepower, and wet weight was just 130 pounds. Don’t get too excited, though – the infinitely variable torque converter …