We used to go for lowest lap times around my friends block with his MB5 , they didnt make them very long , was like 1985 or 86 I think .... I must have done at least 500 laps around his block ... he lived on a street that went around in a circle about 1/8 mile , pegs draggin all the way around ....
Cool pics Z. For some reason the Honda Monkey bikes just look the coolest to me. Don't know why, maybe it's cuz they seem the most substantial for such a little bike. They look like they would hold up pretty well.
They hold up great, and can be set up to be the ultimate motard racer. Remember, for every XR50 hop up part, there are 100 Honda Monkey Hop Up parts. Without the Honda Monkey engine parts, Kitaco and Takegawa wouldn't exist... The Kitaco and Takegawa engine parts were engineered for the Honda Monkey, and just so happen to work on the XR50 motors, and weren't specifically developed for offroad use like most are lead to believe.
Bike started out as a JDM 2003 Honda Monkey as shown below. Every year in Japan, they release two standard models with solid color paint, and one limited edition model. Mine is the 2003 Limited edition with the CB750K0 paint scheme. Notice the Z50 wheels, swingarm, exhaust, etc. that you will recognize from the vintage US models. However, these bikes come with a 50cc 4 speed with polished cases from the factory. I don't understand why Honda doesn't release the 50cc 4 speed over here.
motorhead's Monkey above has the 2002 limited edition tank on his before he parted it out.
More upgrades to follow within the next couple of month like billet brake lever, Daytona Quick Throttle, Steering Damper, 10" wheels with 130/70-10 (rear) and 120/70-10 (front) and an Alloy swingarm. Yes, will be getting an engine upgrade as well, thinking about 160-180cc in the future. Somewhere in the back of my head somebody is saying...get a Turbo...
Very often my son joins me for a ride in the sidecar (entirely fabricated out of stainless steel) with shock absorber / swingarm on the sidecar frame. The sidecar is removed / attached within 15 minutes and everything fully adjustable (vertical lean / toe-in). Shock used on the sidecar swingarm came of a Cannondale mountain bike.