1984 Honda SH50 City Express from United Kingdom


Okay as a cheap shopper


After just days of buying the bike, the starter solenoid blew. Dealer replaced it free of charge.

The rear brake light switch was a problem. This was never replaced.

The main bearings that support the crankshaft rumbled like mad. The engine was never rebuilt. The bike just kept going.

Screws that fasten the top handlebar cowling detached themselves. Used spare screws.

Huge drop in performance at 22000 miles.

Renewed piston rings. Main problem was the exhaust port was obstructed with carbon deposits. Decoke was necessary. Performance was hugely improved.

Difficulty starting once in a while due to the automatic choke.

This machine was very reliable and never failed to start. At the age of sixteen, it was a dream, but not now.

General Comments:

The machine was a bit slow off the mark.

Once above 20mph, the acceleration picked up.

Bearing in mind that this machine was only 49cc, the two-stroke motor coped pretty well with head winds and hills compared to the four-stroke step-thru I owned later.

The suspension was pretty hard and the all-round drum brakes were adequate.

The seat space was comfortable and adequate for two people.

Even two up, the machine pulled reasonably well.

I never gauged the fuel consumption, but every day I would do an average of sixty miles on about two to three litres of petrol. It used about a litre of oil every 500 miles.

The twelve volt electrical system was impressive.

The SH50 is nothing to look at, but is a practical machine for around town.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2005

19th Oct 2006, 05:11

I own a Honda SH50, I have have had the bike 5 years and travelled over 5,000 miles, and it is absolutely perfect. I really cannot fault anything at all.

John Oliver.

14th Nov 2008, 18:06

My Honda SH50 (Scoopy), she's great. I've done nearly 2,000 miles already in 6 months and I'm just loving it. I had a few problems to start with due to the prior owner, but I am now learning more about bikes, which will be handy when I get a big bike. I would recommend this bike to any learner; it's a cheap, cheerful A2B fun happy days.


6th Nov 2009, 17:42

My indicators on my SH50 1989 model don't flash, but they come on. Could anyone help?

25th Nov 2009, 18:15

Indicator problem?

First is your battery fully charged?

Secondly, check all connections are tight and bulbs intact.

Finally, if all else is okay, then it must be your turn signal relay.

23rd Jun 2011, 14:08

Does anyone know where to put the gearbox oil in these? I've just bought a 94 Scoopy, and from what I can gather, 10/40 oil is needed.

9th May 2017, 12:10

Hi, try cleaning all the earth wiring connections.