The NSR50 was in Honda’s lineup for decades before they blessed the USA with a chance to officially try it for ourselves in 2004. Before that year, Americans had to either order one directly from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) or try to import one through the gray market. It was well worth the effort, because Honda used components that made it much more competent on the track than the usual choice of the Yamaha YSR50. But for 2004 (and only for that year), you could go to certain dealers and walk out with this diminutive-yet-impressive race bike the same day. It was easily the best deal in minibike racing at the time.
Producing 7.2 horsepower at about 10,000 rpm, the 49 cc two-stroke single is liquid cooled and redlined at 11.5k. This helps powered the NSR50 to a top speed of about 60 mph. Ask anyone serious about racing and they’ll tell you that this is one of the best bikes to get started on. Frankly, many experienced riders love getting practice on the NSR50 and its incredibly light weight of just 161 pounds.
The seller of this example estimates that there are less than 50 miles on it. During his ownership, the seller had the tank and carburetor cleaned. He says that the bike is 100% mechanically stock and that there are no mechanical issues. It’s still on the original tires and there are a few minor scratches in the bodywork, but I took it for a quick spin in our back lot and it made me want to go minimoto racing again!
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