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2004 Honda NSR50R

In Japan, Race, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

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 …

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1987 Honda NS125R Adriatico

In Italy, Small Displacement, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

One would assume that a Honda sold in their home market of Japan would also have been built there, but this oddball was actually built by Honda Italy and then exported to Japan. In the early 80s, the 125cc market was fiercely competitive in Italy due to licensing regulations. The local government placed high taxes on imported motorcycles, so Honda …

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1981 Honda CT70

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For 1981, Honda offered up the venerable CT70 in one color – Tahitian Red. Here’s a highly original example that still features the style that was specific for ’81, like a red front fender, black/blue/white stripe, and black heat shield.

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1989 Yamaha YSR50

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The Yamaha YSR50 was the most common of the rare 50cc sportbikes that came from Japan in the late 80s and early 90s. An instant classic, the YSR50 was always street legal, but now I only seem to see them on display in collections or as pit bikes. Here’s a clean example that’s ready to ride, and it’s got a …

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2017 Honda Z50 50th Anniversary

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Before the 125 Monkey was born, Honda announced that they were killing off the legendary Z50 model due to ever-tightening emissions regulations. They ended the run with 1,800 examples of a special 50th Anniversary model and they were only officially sold in Japan. Everyone else was forced to wait for bikes to be exported, knowing they’d have to pay a …