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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2006, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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My new bike...

Welp, I added another ride to the stable.. I wanted to get a CRF50, but I figured this was more unique, and quite alot cheaper, although it does need some work, and tires, I think this will be a perfect first mini-motard.. it does need some work, as its been sitting idle in a barn for 14 years, but as you might know from my last project, I can make it happen. Still kinda debating on where im gonna go with it, they make so many damn parts for this thing, im still working on a game plan..

I now present, my 1971 Honda Z50 Mini-trail






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DUDE! That thing is a collectors item. Don't ever get rid of that.

Vcook is going to shit himself.

Jesus! Look at the the old beers sticker on it too! That is just as much a collectors item as the bike.

Isn't that called a Honda monkey?

It's interesting as well that the motor design is basically the exact same thing as a 2006 XR50. They have been making that motor for 40 fucking years.

I know people that will take that thing from you. Keep that under lock and key.

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I dont think so, as I think the monkey had rear suspension and may have been street legal.. I was looking on ebay, but there's no Monkeys for sale. I think the Monkey is a ZB50?
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Do not butcher that bike. Don't paint it. Don't cut anything off or remove any parts. Just clean it up and make it run real good. i don't know how much you paid for it, but i'm betting it's worth a lot more than you think.

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Do you see the cover on that exhaust, that is priceless. Try and find one, I dare you and if you do, don't plan on not getting rapped in the ass. That is a priceless part.

Those little chrome fenders are also very rare and priceless. I would clean that thing with a fine tooth comb and put on top of my entertainment center.

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I know its worth some money, I didnt really pay much for it, but i also havent heard it run yet, since it has 14 year old gas, and a plugged up carb. Hopefully by monday, I'll know more about the condition of the internals.

Some parts will have to be replaced im sure, the wheels have some pretty big rust bubbles that I dont know if that will sandblast out, or whatever.. It will be a fun winter project I hope.

So you guys are telling me not to ride it?!? I was thinking more along the lines of pitbike/mini-motard, and not a museum piece.
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What a hell of a find. Nice rare piece of history there.

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I know its worth some money, I didnt really pay much for it, but i also havent heard it run yet, since it has 14 year old gas, and a plugged up carb. Hopefully by monday, I'll know more about the condition of the internals.

Some parts will have to be replaced im sure, the wheels have some pretty big rust bubbles that I dont know if that will sandblast out, or whatever.. It will be a fun winter project I hope.

So you guys are telling me not to ride it?!? I was thinking more along the lines of pitbike/mini-motard, and not a museum piece.
Restore that, and keep it for a museum peice. Yes use it as a pit bike for sure, but don't take it to the oval and beat the shit out of it and race it and crash it.

Show it off, spend some time on getting it back to as close to stock condition.

Those wheels are fine, sand them down and repaint them.

Keep those tank emblems too. Those are priceless. There are Honda freaks that restore bikes like that who have probably been looking for those tank emblems for year.

I'll bet you clean the carb out, put some fresh gas and a new plug in that thing and fires rite up

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Im thinkin the same thing, that its gonna start right up after I clean the plug and the carb. I'll let you all know tomorrow if it starts on the first kick
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Im thinkin the same thing, that its gonna start right up after I clean the plug and the carb. I'll let you all know tomorrow if it starts on the first kick
Drain the oil too, old gas seeped down in the motor for sure. Take your time and make it all rite. Make it nice and show it off. That is a historic peice. Almost 40 years old. Good find brotha.

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I saw your work with the CBR, I know this bike will turn out well. This is ChiefBD, and I approve this restoration .

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I saw your work with the CBR, I know this bike will turn out well. This is ChiefBD, and I approve this restoration .
If it doesn't turn out, you can blame the Yamaha's who had control of it the past 14 years.
(sorry, just running w/ the political funny theme from Chief's)

Actually when you're all done you'll have this:

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Congrats, looks like a keeper. I got the same one maybe a year or two older thats a complete basketcase. Will be piecing whats salvageable on the site here, prior to Ebay when I get around to it.
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yah man!! lemme know. I need a headlight, taillight and a nicer seat.. lemme know whatcha got..
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Cool. Nick is right. Don't change shit on that bike. It's a Honda dirtbike, change the oil, gas, maybe do a top end (I'm sure parts are still available) and it should fire right up. I suggest ponying up whatever it takes for restoring the interior of the gas tank. That will *probably* be the biggest problem for you. The nasty gas probably ate the hell out of that tank. But it wouldn't take too much effort to find somebody to properly restore the tank without screwing up the inside.

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yah man!! lemme know. I need a headlight, taillight and a nicer seat.. lemme know whatcha got..
Yea man, you got some crack, I need some crack.

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That bike is the shit...I remember riding little bikes like that back in the day...Oh how they made me feel like I was going fast. hahaha.

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