Honda Z50 Review

1986 Honda Z50 from United States of America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 2 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda none

Summary:

I could travel the world on this Z50

Faults:

Rear sprocket worn out at 8th year of use.

Spark plug began to foul at 10th year.

Seat began to tear at 12th year.

General Comments:

Toughest, least expensive and most reliable motorcycle ever built. Since 1986, I only had to replace the spark plug; rear sprocket and seat cover which total less than $50.

It always starts in all seasons and runs at top performance like the early years. I rode it through mud, sand at the beaches and tall 3ft grass in pastures when I was a kid. I still occasionally ride it to on a monthly basis.

Honda had developed a highly efficient and fast entry-level motorcycle for kids. It does 35 mph and consumes one gallon of gasoline for 90 miles of riding. The newer models still share the same engine as my 1986 Z50 RD.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2008

14th Mar 2008, 17:20

I had a Special Edition model that was factory chromed out: fenders, gas tank, wheels, tailpipe and exhaust shield. It was so cool and shining during sunning rides.

I have to agree with you on the reliability of this classic.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 1 review