Lot 206 - 1969 Honda Z50A K1 Short Tail Monkey Bike
|Result||Sold - £2,968|
The Monkey bike is the name given by Honda to one of their small, low powered motorcycles introduced in the 1960s. The first Honda Monkey was the 1961 Z100 with later Monkeys designated Z50. These vehicles all had a 4.5hp, 49cc single horizontal cylinder four-stroke engine and a seat height of less than 22 inches. The very first Monkey bikes did not have any suspension but this was soon added to the front forks.
The Honda Z50A was the second generation Z50 Series of mini bikes. The Z50M was available in Europe and Japan in 1968, however the Z50A-KO ‘Hard Tail’, sometimes referred to as the ‘High Bar’ or the ‘Slantguard’, was the first of the Z50 series to be released to the American market. The Z50A was considered to be a significant leap in technology in comparison to other mini bikes on the market at the time, partly because of its efficient 49cc engine with semi-automatic transmission. Street legal lighting and lowered bars were added on the 1969/70 K1 ‘Short Tail’ and the 1970/71 K2 ‘Long Tail’.
This extremely rare example of the eponymous Monkey Bike has had some £4,000 worth of restoration work done in recent years. The bike is presented in great condition throughout and has remained in standard road trim and completely unmodified condition. It is offered with a dating certificate from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and boasts the round tank badges. These cheeky runabouts are great fun, but are becoming difficult to find and therefore a very collectable item.
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