This l’il monkey is a 1970 Honda Z50A K2 Mini-Trail and it’s in Chesapeake, Virginia. It’s listed on eBay with two days left on the auction and a current bid price of just over $500 and there is no reserve, a heck of a deal!
The 1970 and 1971 Honda Z50A K2 was known as the “long tail”, as opposed to the earlier 1969 and 1970 K50A K1, the “short tail”. They’re fairly easy to tell apart as the earlier K1 had silver on the top of the gas tank and the K2 had white on the bottom of the gas tank, like the one for sale here does. They both had lighting which was added starting with the K1 series, but they still weren’t really street legal in the US. Speaking of lights, as you can see, you’ll have to source a headlight and a tail light, but there are all kinds of parts on eBay and elsewhere for these little bikes.
Starting in 1972, Honda had to add a rear suspension due to problems with the frame cracking! That’s never good. I’m guessing it was the result of adults riding these things but there could have been a variety of reasons why it was happening. The “soft tail” Z50A was made until 1978. This Candy Sapphire Blue monkey-bike is a barn find and will need restoration, as you can tell from looking at the photos. These little things can sell for upwards of $5,000 for a nicely-restored one so if this one doesn’t go up too much in price it’ll be worth taking a look at.
Here’s Honda’s famous 49 CC engine, and before it’s mentioned by someone, no, these weren’t meant for commuting or for freeway riding, of course. They were meant for kids (or, adults who acted like kids, like me!) to use on trails and off-road. This one kicks over but the seller hasn’t tried to start it as it’s been sitting for three decades. This would be a fun winter restoration project and if I didn’t already have a minibike restoration project going I’d nab this one up. Even at 6′-5″ tall I love riding these tiny things, I don’t care if I look like a buffoon or not! Come to think of it, I look like one even when I’m not riding a minibike. Have any of you owned one of these? For a lot of kids, a Honda Z50A was at the top of their wish list.