Hemmings Motor News Blog Blog

Hemmings Motor News Blog

Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Previous in Blog: Creative Industries of Detroit: Secret Mysteres and Little Cars Lost and Found   Next in Blog: As Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian Record Turns 50, It Remains Unbroken
Close
Close
Close
2 comments

After 50 Years, Honda Kills Off the Z50 “Monkey Bike” With a Final Anniversary Edition

Posted April 10, 2017 11:21 AM by dstrohl

Honda probably can’t be credited with originating the minibike craze that swept the country in the 1970s, but its Z50 “monkey bikes” introduced generations of riders to the joys of off-roading on two wheels. In production since 1967, the Z50 will be killed off in August, but as Japanese Nostalgic Car tells us, not before Honda sends the model off with a limited-production, not-for-U.S.-sale 50th Anniversary Edition.

The first Z50 model, the Z50M, was sold in Canada and Europe (and later, Japan) but not the United States. Finished in Shasta White with a Magna Red headlamp housing, forks and frame, the bike lacked front or rear suspension, instead relying on tire pressure alone to cushion the rider. Power came from a 49cc, air-cooled, four-stroke single, rated at a new-rider-friendly 4.5 horsepower. An automatic clutch simplified shifting of the bike’s three-speed transmission.

Minibikes have a novel history in the U.S., but are valued differently overseas.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Guru

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Madison, WI.
Posts: 2093
Good Answers: 80
#1

Re: After 50 Years, Honda Kills Off the Z50 “Monkey Bike” With a Final Anniversary Edition

04/11/2017 10:14 AM

They were ball busters but a complete and total blast to ride when you were 10.

Also served as my first take it apart and put it together mechanical experience, and a good one... but what is this metric of which you speak?

__________________
Knowing is the end result of learning, not believing.
Reply
Power-User

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Dayton Ohio
Posts: 256
Good Answers: 10
#2

Re: After 50 Years, Honda Kills Off the Z50 “Monkey Bike” With a Final Anniversary Edition

04/11/2017 10:37 AM

I learned to ride on one of these. Having a mini bike with no brakes taught me the art of crashing gracefully, which helped win a motocross championship for me years ago.

I think this engine is the longest production run of any engine ever built

__________________
MikeMack747
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 2 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Previous in Blog: Creative Industries of Detroit: Secret Mysteres and Little Cars Lost and Found   Next in Blog: As Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian Record Turns 50, It Remains Unbroken

Advertisement