1968-1978 Honda Z50A Minibike and Contenders

Check out this brief history of minibikes leading up to the creation of the Honda Z50A, as well as alternatives to this nifty minibike.


Years produced: 1968-1975

Claimed power:  3hp @ 7,500rpm

Top speed: 30mph

Engine: 49cc air-cooled SOHC single, 39mm x 41.4mm

Weight: 128lb (58kg)

12/11/2020 1:07:02 PM

The factory literature says the Suzuki MT-50 used reed valve. I am aware of other little Suzukis using rotary valves, could there have been a design change from year to year?

6/5/2020 7:03:47 AM

Where's the Kaw example? After the Kaw shop I worked at closed on Saturdays, we had mini races in the parking lot on the tiny Kaw, 2 stroke, can't remember the displacement or model, but they were FAST! We just called them the Green meanies! LOL 1972-73

6/4/2020 7:16:56 PM

Had one of the mt-50s. Reliable and a great beginning to many years of riding. One thing to note, this engine is a rotary valve two stroke, not Reed valve!

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