1972 Honda Z50 Mini Bike


Original survivor 1972 K3 Monkey Bike in excellent condition. First year with “soft-tail” rear suspension.
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The Honda Z50A was the second generation of Honda’s Z50 Series of mini bikes. Though its predecessor, the Z50M, was available in Europe and Japan a few years previously, in 1968, the Z50A-KO “Hard Tail”, sometimes referred to as the “High Bar” or the “Slantguard”, was the first of the Z50 series to be released to the American market. Upon its release this bike was considered to be a significant leap in technology in comparison to other mini bikes on the market at the time. This was partly because of its efficient 49 cc (3.0 cu in) four-stroke over head cam engine with semi-automatic transmission. Street legal lighting and lowered bars were added on the 1969/70 K1 “Short Tail”, the 1970/71 K2 “Long Tail”, and in 1972, after frame cracking became a growing issue, Honda incorporated rear suspension on the bike. The Z50A “Soft Tail” remained on the American market until 1978, when it was replaced by the Z50R. In Europe and Japan, the Z50A was renamed the Z50J in 1973, and remained on the market until 1999. The Z50JP is still available in Japan and through exporters in the United Kingdom.

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30 thoughts on “1972 Honda Z50 Mini Bike

  1. My Dad bought me one in 1972. My favorite motorbike. Fun times. We could pop wheelies with it even with the 'no clutch transmission. All I ever had to do was change the oil, tighten and lube the chain sometimes, check the tire pressure once in a while and fill it with gas. It must of got like 100 mpg…. I wish I still had it to tool around on and I am an old man now. This one sounds like it needs a new muffler.

  2. I saw John Lennon's 1969 Honda z50 auctioned off for $80,000 bucks. Heres a link although there are a bunch of articles about it. https://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-news/john-lennon-s-1969-monkey-bike-fetches-a-cool-80-000-ar180192.html

  3. I have a 1969 im almost finished restoring. Might sell it when done. How much do you think they are worth? Your bike is in great shape btw Where did you get the front fender and headlight? How much did it cost?

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