The Honda Z50 was first released in 1964. What many people do not realize is that it was designed to be an amusement park ride for kids. However, it became so popular even among adults that Honda redesigned it for street use and in 1967 released the Z50 version we know and love today. Since then, it has continued to capture the hearts of bike enthusiasts, whether as a collector’s item with its iconic status or as a simple everyday use bike.
These motorcycles are known for their short build, measuring a mere 56 cm in seat height. They also have a unique ergonomic flow which has riders sitting in a monkey-stance position. This is why they are fondly referred to as monkey bikes and though it takes some getting used to, it has not hindered the bike’s popularity.
Despite being released as far back as the mid-1900s, this bike has managed to stand the test of time. This is due to its high quality constructions, compact design and an ever-evolving engine. As of its latest release, the Honda Z50 had a 50cc engine with a 4.5 horsepower output. This is more than enough for an everyday street bike.
The one issue with this bike is the fact that it is not the cleanest option in terms of emissions. This is why it was discontinued. However, with proper maintenance of the engine and exhaust systems, including components like the Z50 Big Bore Kit, this should not be too much of a hindrance to you enjoying the full novel monkey bike experience.