1974 Honda 49cc Z50 Mini Trail 'Monkey Bike'
Frame no. Z50AE 188811
Engine no. Z50AE 188811
With the launch of the CZ100 in 1960, Honda created the class of machine known as 'monkey bikes', so called because of their diminutive stature. The power unit was the C100 step-thru's reliable four-stroke single. An ultra-short wheelbase, small wheels and a vestigial fuel tank were all features of a machine which, in the case of the folding handlebar version, could be fitted into the boot of a car. Immensely popular as paddock transport the world over, they are currently much in vogue, with a flourishing owners club in the UK. Off road-styled models, such as that offered here, were dubbed 'Mini Trail'. Restored 'from the ground up' in 2003, this unregistered machine was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford sale in April 2006 (Lot 469) and is described as in generally excellent condition, the engine sounding great. It is expected that the leaking fuel tank will have been sealed by time of sale. There are no documents with this Lot.