Honda NC50 Express Review

1979 Honda NC50 Express from United Kingdom

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 2 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 4 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.9 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance7500 miles
Previous motorcycleRoyal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic


Quirky throwback, too slow for modern traffic, for eccentrics only


Continually blocked pilot jet.

Corroded stanchions.

Loose spokes.

General Comments:

Bizarre wind up kick starter adds interest; you pump the kick starter three times, then pull the rear brake lever to start the engine, nice. Does 25 mph standard and 27 with some mild tuning (wow). Very slow off the mark, but picks up nicely thereafter with a two stroke scream.

Incredibly light, and therefore quite fun in a bouncy sort of way, but too slow for modern roads.

Has autolube, which is a nice feature on a bike this old, but the pilot jet is so small it continually blocked; partially solved with a tank flush and in-line filter.

It's a BMX with an engine. For eccentrics and rural hops only

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2014

Average review marks: 4.9 / 10, based on 1 review