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A UK cost-of-living crisis solving Honda Express NC50 in amazing condition.
Backbone design frame, telescopic front fork suspension, rear swinging arm suspension, offside rear-view mirror, automatic clutch, large headlight with high beam indicator, wide moulded plastic fenders front and rear, large ribbed folding foot pegs, ribbed hand grips, large comfortably padded seat, lighted speedometer, horn, quick check battery level indicator, oil level indicator, centre stand. Dealer accessories; Nearside rear-view mirror.
‘You meet the nicest people on a Honda Express’. This was the marketing slogan for many small economy Honda scooters and mopeds of the era which became very popular in the years following the 1973 oil crisis where thrifty means of motoring was increasingly sought. This 1981 UK example is finished in Orange, one of three available ‘spring colours’ with the other two being Blue or Yellow. The finish to this example is outstanding with a bright vibrant finish to the frame and decals in excellent condition. The fuel tank is in very good order with only light markings and all trim sections, rubbers and stainless steel is well preserved. The plastic mudguards are slightly dull. Original Stanley light clusters remain fitted as does the supplying dealer number plate. The perfect two-tone seat has been professionally retrimmed. The lights, Nippon Seiki gauge, high beam indicator and push button horn all work perfectly. Guaranteed to raise a smile!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2-stroke 49cc engine develops 2.6hp and still features the correct foot wind starting procedure and automatic clutch with single-speed transmission. All mechanicals are spotlessly clean as is the white engine casing. Factory exhaust stampings are clear to see. A few depressions of the starting peddle and a squeeze of the rear brake lever and this delightful Honda pops into life ready for simplistic and frugal motoring enjoyment!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The bright chrome wire wheel rims are in fantastic condition whilst all spokes are fully intact. Recently replaced matching Vee Rubber 2.25-14 24B tyres have masses of tread remaining. The cable operated drum brakes work affectively but require a firm squeeze.
Registered new on the 7th October 1981, this fantastic UK example was registered new by Honda Motorcycles Main Dealer, Tinklers of Norwich. The bike was purchased in 2020 by the previous owner, Mr Moore, whose hobby of working with classic motorcycles has taken over his garden with various outbuildings designed for everything from storage, refurbishment, maintenance and even a small parts department! Sympathetic restoration has involved meticulous refurbishment of original parts to achieve the fantastic presentation without loss of the standard look. The bike runs and performs as good as it looks and despite qualifying for tax and MOT exception, the next owner will enjoy the peace of mind gained from the MOT carried out in July 2022 where it passed with flying, mainly orange, colours. Great fun and a sense of humour required!
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